Welcome to Bee Ridge Baptist Church!

We know choosing a church can be tough. Music, teaching, ministries, outreach - there are a lot of factors that go into the decision. If you stop by and visit us, our greeters are here to help with anything you need: from how to get your child checked-in to the children's program, to where to find the nearest bathroom.

Don't worry too much about what to wear - we're a "come-as-you-are" church, and we figure God cares more about our hearts than our clothes. If you really want to know, most people wear business casual, but you'll see a few ties here and there and a good amount of people wearing jeans.

Our Sunday School (Connect Group) starts at 9:15am. We have groups designed specifically for the needs of children, youth and adults. These Groups are a great way to make new friends and develop a deeper relationship with God.

Our Sunday morning Worship Celebration starts at 10:30am. The music is a blend of modern praise & worship songs to a few great hymns of the faith. You'll hear a biblical and relevant message from the timeless truths of Scripture, be offered an invitation to "do business" with God at the prayer rails, and after the service, our pastor is available in the church lobby to meet and chat with you and other guests.

Our Sunday evenings @ 6:00 pm, we offer a variety of small group studies for every age and on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 pm, we provide a short bible study and a time of corporate prayer. This is an excellent way to recharge in the middle of the week.

Why not drop by and check us out? There's never been a better time to start or to renew a relationship with the God who cares about you!

Core Beliefs

Bee Ridge Baptist Church exists to glorify God and make passionate disciples of Jesus, the Christ. Our church purpose is to attract and win people to Christ; to help them develop Christian lifestyles; and to equip, encourage, and empower them for the ministries God has purposed and gifted them to share.

From this purpose comes a very simple, but powerful vision...Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World... We seek to accomplish this mission by focusing on the following fundamental Christian foundations:

I. The Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by with God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

II. God
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal tribune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand the truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which server God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. he enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

III. Man
Man is the speical creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowing work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus parts of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By their free choice man and woman sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. They fell from their original innocence and inherited a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.

Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

IV. Salvation
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Chris Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification bring the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

V. Baptism & the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to this faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

VI. Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

VII. Evangelism & Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ.

The Lord Jesus has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

VIII. The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

History

Bee Ridge Baptist Church was established in February 1916 and has served the community of Bee Ridge faithfully for over 100 years. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention but as all Southern Baptist churches do, we operate independently from any denominational oversight.

Our Team

Pastor Ron Keenan

Ron Keenan

Pastor

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Kathy Confer

Women of Worth Ministry

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Ann Huddleston

Missions Director / Custodian

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Sue Rees

Family Ministry

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Jan Jamieson

Office Manager

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Eric Confer

Joshua's Men

Jen Valentin

Jen Valentin

Sunday School Director

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Torry Kaufman

Audio Visual Ministry

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Jane Evers

Missions Director

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Rob Rees

Family Ministry

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Tosha Godbold

Children Ministry

Deacons

Deacons

Left to Right: Glynn Watts, Charles Peters, Mike Cowan, Bob Davies, Rob Rees, Darrell Seymour, Ed Confer, Eric Confer, Les Birch, Torry Kauffman