Moving Forward!

New Beginnings

August 22, 2010 we started our church, Firestone Baptist Church.  We have had several good years as the Lord has grown the church.  In the beginning of 2014, our church decided that we wanted to move forward with looking for a new location.  We have been renting a school on Sundays since virtually the beginning of the church.  Though we have been very thankful for a place to meet and for reasonable rent, the location is one that people commonly have a hard time finding.  It is also a place where we cannot put out permanent signs on the building or surrounding area letting people know about the church.  Several other variables also make it a less than ideal location. Ultimately, it is not a place we could call home, so we as a church decided it was time to move.

 

After several months of searching and after several locations NOT being willing to work as a church location and others just being way too expensive, we finally found the location that we are now meeting in.  We are extremely excited about this new location!  Our church is now located right in the HEART of the Carbon Valley area.  It is also right in the middle of downtown Frederick, CO. In order to have a space big enough for the “auditorium” and to meet the codes required for an assembly by the town of Frederick, the inside of the building has required much remodeling. God has been more than gracious to us with this new building and has already given innumerable blessings. We would love to share some of those here:

 

  • Professional volunteers hanging the 2 hour firewall
  • Professional volunteers hanging drywall and texturing
  • Professionals installing all wiring
  • 110 padded chairs donated
  • Pulpit donated
  • Sound Equipment donated
  • Floor donated
  • Drop ceiling donated.
  • Countless hours of labor by many from both inside and outside the church

 

We have been amazed to see God’s people from near and far come to help our little church!  We thank the Lord for the many blessings that have been given to us!  Below are a few pictures that relate much of the process of the rebuild. The pictures are followed by an explanation of some changes and future plans for our church, so please keep reading!

 

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Again we are so thankful for the Lord’s graciousness to us during this transition.

 

Changes

Since the move we have had to make several changes.  However, there are a few things that have not changed: our philosophy, teaching, preaching, and service structure.  We are still a Bible preaching/teaching church focusing on discipleship.  We have the philosophy of “Churches Planting Churches.”  Our goal is to continue to evangelize and build relationships within the Carbon Valley community and then beyond.  We strive to continually base every single thing we do upon the Word of God!

 

We want to let you all be aware of a specific change we have made as a church and explain why we have made that change. We have a new church name!

 

Let me explain some background. The area where we meet is often called tri-town or the Carbon Valley area. There are several towns in the immediate vicinity and two of them–Firestone and Frederick–blend together in most areas of the city. In other words, the boundaries overlap often, and few people know where one town ends and where the next one begins. The location where we previously met is located in a portion of town that is really confusing as to whether or not it is in the town of Firestone or whether it is in the town of Frederick.  Needless to say because of the confusion, we had no worries about what we called our church before now. For four years, although we met in Frederick, our church was called Firestone Baptist Church.  Since we had originally planned to meet in Firestone and had already named our church before moving to that building, we just kept the name.  However, now we have moved to downtown Frederick.  In all reality a building could not get more into downtown Frederick than where we are located!   Everyone knows that our location is for sure in Frederick.  As this is my first church plant, one of the lessons I’ve learned is to never name a church after a street, person, or city!  Now we have to change the name.  It would be quite odd to have a Firestone Baptist Church in downtown Frederick!

 

We have had to come up with a new name.  Having to come up with a new name brought up several considerations:  What lessons have we learned about names?  What name do we want to name the church?  What do we want to communicate to the community?

A Good Name

Scripture teaches us in Proverbs 22:1,

 

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favor is better than silver or gold.

 

Our ultimate goal is to choose a name that honors the Lord, one we can stand behind, that we can present without questions, and one that will allow people from our own community to consider without having preconceived notions.

I would like to present a few words on preconceived notions: I find that few people really know why they believe what they believe.  Many people have a stigma about certain things, although they do not really understand why they have that stigma.  Typically the stigma is there because of the interpretation of an experience or because of what other people such as parents, former teachers, or peers have said. In reality individuals often do not have solid reasons why they hold onto a stigma!  They do not know why THEY believe what THEY believe, but they place a stigma based on an experience or another’s opinion.

 

In 2009 as we were praying about what the Lord would have us call the name of the church when we first planted/started it, the choice was not really simple.  It was actually stressful!  Many thoughts presented themselves for consideration, including but not limited to, our true beliefs and agreement with Baptist doctrine, the area of the country we are ministering to, existing Baptist churches and their reputation in our area, and the perspective of our supporting churches.  After much discussion and prayer, we decided to call the church Firestone Baptist Church. Even though we were concerned about the Baptist reputation in the area, we wanted to try to change the stigma because we believe Baptist doctrine is truly Biblical. We hold to the Bible first and foremost, and we believe the Baptist DOCTRINE agrees with that.   (As a side note, please understand if you are reading this, that I said Baptist DOCTRINE!!! That does not mean we agree with every Baptist church’s stance on personal standards or every Baptist school’s “rules.” There is a HUGE difference, and many equate the standards and rules to the doctrine…That is another discussion for another time.)

 

To fast forward the story, let me tell you what we have done over the course of the last 4 years.  Often we have surveyed people of the Carbon Valley community about several church related things. One frequently asked question which typically generates the same response is “What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Baptist’?”  At first, the answer shocked me, but I eventually got used to it!  Why? Because almost every time a person answered, “You mean like Westboro Baptist?”  Now if you know anything about Westboro Baptist of Topeka, Kansas, you know this is NOT an association that any True Believer would want to be associated with!  This thought struck me:  “So the stigma that has been going around here in the Carbon Valley area, and probably beyond in this part of the West is that all Baptists are like those of Westboro Baptist.”  Immediately I thought, “I do not want to be a part of that, which means we have a LARGE uphill battle to ‘convince’ people that even though we are Baptist, we are not the same as the stigma behind Westboro Baptist, or that of some other Baptist churches.”

 

What we have learned is that people will not allow even a chance for educating, convincing, or changing their preconceived stigmas. They already have biased opinions and will simply STAY AWAY!  Numerous times throughout the last 4 years, we had people tell us that they would not visit our church JUST because we had “Baptist” in our name.  As a church we felt like these facts were very important to consider in renaming the church!

 

We have also learned, that even many people who call themselves Baptist do not really know why they call themselves Baptist.  They do not really know the differences between Baptists: Southern, Northern, Freewill, Landmark, Conservative, American, Independent, etc. For more on the list of the 100’s of Baptist Denominations, please go to this link.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Baptist_denominations. To them the general denomination of Baptists is what that they have grown up with or around.  They do not understand that there is a significant difference between each of those sub titles! Anyway, we wanted to make sure people knew where we stood, without having a misunderstanding of who we are!  I know that sounds confusing, but that was a consideration.

 

We made several requirements for our new name.

  • The name needed to Glorify God.
  • The name needed to point people to a doctrinal standpoint.
  • The name could not be one that already indicates a specific denominational agenda or fad moving through “church culture.”

 

Ultimately, after much prayer, consideration, and discussion, we chose the name Carbon Valley Bible Church. We do not apologize for this.  May I go on further to say that we still have a strong Baptist distinctive.  We love our Baptist Doctrine.  We love the Historical Baptist Heritage.  We love the roots of the Baptist History that span the last 2000 years.  The history of the Baptists is rich.  We do not however, really care for the direction of the modern Baptists.  If we were to label ourselves, we would put ourselves more in the category of the Historical Baptists.  Charles Spurgeon said the following:

 

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome… and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect…” (From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol.VII, Page 225)              You can read that quote from our website at http://www.cvbiblechurch.com/wearebaptist.html.

 

We abide by the Baptist distinctives. If you are not sure what the Baptist distinctives are you can also purchase the book listed on that webpage as well. Yes, we are Baptist…we just do not have the name Baptist in our church name.

 

In addition, we feel that the changing of the name allows us to have better conversation with the people in our community as we try to consistently outreach in this area where God has placed us.  Unfortunately, some churches and organizations may think that this needs to be a point of separation from us.  They may believe that we are becoming liberal.  They may believe that we are becoming progressive.  May I assure you . . . we are not!  We are not changing our preaching.  We are not changing our use and saturation of Scriptures throughout our preaching and teaching.  We are not changing the course of our music.  We are ONLY changing the name…and well, our building location.

 

We again make no apologies for changing the name.  This is one of the beautiful things about being an independent church.  We are able to act upon what we believe God wants us to do.  We do not feel that changing the name is a point of separation. However, if other organizations, other churches, or other believers choose to do so, we will be saddened.  I would ask them at what point does Scripture say the word “Baptist” has to be a part of our name?  Often, people or organizations who separate over these types of issues make problems within the church and within Christianity anyway.  They focus on minor standard and preference issues instead of the solid doctrines that God wants them to focus on.  Those types of attitudes can ultimately allow Satan to get a foothold in Christianity and make a widespread problem where there should be no problem.  I challenge you not to get hung up on minor issues!  Don’t worry more about man and what man thinks; rather, put your thoughts on what is truly right and acceptable unto the Lord.  Division over minor issues does not bring true Glory to God!  We feel, if anything, we would rather be more grounded with a name of Bible than the name of Baptist. You can’t argue with the Bible! Yet, we are still Baptist…Independent Baptist, and have no apologies for that fact either.

Future

From this point forward we will be Carbon Valley Bible Church.  This name gives us the commitment to reaching the entire Carbon Valley Community.  This area consists of Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, and Erie.  We also have the ability to reach Fort Lupton and Longmont.  This name also allows the community to see that our foundation is based solely on the Word of God, and not on the tradition of men.

 

You can see that there really has not been many changes to our church!  Feel free to check out  our new website CVBibleChurch.com.  If you are in the Carbon Valley Area, we would love for you to drop in!  We preach Christ Jesus Crucified and Resurrected.  Our foundation is the Word of God.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call 303-736-9959 or you can email at cvbiblechurch@gmail.com.

 

Serving Him,

 

Pastor Jason Kokenzie

 

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Colorado Flood Victims: FEMA support running Out

It has now been a couple of weeks, but there are literally hundreds if not thousands of people still dealing with all of the issues. For those of us who have not been directly impacted with the floods in our own house, it is often that we forget. If you can help financially please do so here, if you cannot but are able to share this link, we ask that you do that. Thanks so much! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-relieve-the-colorado-flood-victims/x/4596822

Molly Hendrickson

LYONS, Colo. – You’d never know it looking at the outside of her Lyons home, but Crysty McCain and her kids are running out of places to go.

“It’s unlivable.  They gave me $1,574 and when that’s gone, that’s it,” McCain said.

Their water has ecoli in it and their gas and electricity is still shut off.  The problem is all of the FEMA approved hotels in nearby Longmont are full.

“I even had one FEMA lady say on the phone, well you might have to live out of your car,” McCain said.

FEMA has allotted $30 million in housing assistance for flood victims.  Representatives told 7NEWS they’re continually working with counties to find more housing solutions but in the meantime evacuees with no place to go should stay in the shelters.

For people like Bobby and Rene Young, that’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

“The rental assistance is not quite as much as what the landlords are asking for in most cases,” Young said.

The Youngs lost their home in the flood.  FEMA has given them $1,000 a month in rental assistance, but finding a month to month rental within that budget is proving to be a challenge.

“That seems a little rough,” Young said.

Just when the Young’s thought they’d begin settling down, like so many others in Lyons, they’re starting over.

“I feel grateful because I’m not homeless, but in the long term, we are,” Young said.

Crysty McCain and her kids have a house still, but don’t know how long it’ll be until they can call it a home again.

“They’re worried we’re never going to come back ever,” McCain said.

For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959

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College and Career of the Carbon Valley Area is Inviting You!

Our College and Career will be heading up to Golden, CO with many other college and career adults for a weekend of fun, fellowship,  great preaching..  We would LOVE to invite you as well.  We will be a heading up to beautiful Camp Eden.  This will be November 8-10, 2013.  The Cost is $100 for both nights or $75 for one. The speaker will be Pastor Jeff McQueary. Please register by October 27th.  You can register through our College and Career Facebook page HERE  https://www.facebook.com/events/656033911081578/

Or you can contact us at 303-736-9959.

For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959

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People Are Reaching Out, We need Your Help!

People are reaching out to us for help, would you consider giving? We have had a significant amount of displaced people from around the community. However, we can only help them a little. These financial gifts will be a great blessing to them.

Help Relieve the Colorado Flood Victims by Financially giving. All proceeds will go 100% to the victims! Click here for more details. ‪#‎Coloflood‬, ‪#‎longmontflood‬

http://www.firestonebaptist.com/floodfund.htm

Or

http://igg.me/at/coloradofloodvictims/x/4596822

If you cannot give financially please share this link.

 

Short Summary

Colorado emergency management officials have released an initial estimate that says the ongoing flooding has damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management estimated Sunday on its website that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed.

In addition, 11,700 people have been evacuated and a total of 1,253 people are unaccounted for.

What We Need & What You Get

Our goal is to get $500,000.00 to go 100% to the victims of these Colorado floods.  These areas include Weld, Boulder, and Larimer Counties.

Firestone Baptist Church is located right in the heart of Weld County of which is central to Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, Longmont, and 30 minutes south of Loveland and 45 minutes east of Estes Park.  We believe that our community will greatly benefit from this fundraiser to help this flood victims.

The Impact

In Larimer County alone, the current impact area is estimated at 1,120 square miles. Another 760 are impacted in Boulder County and 385 in Jefferson County.

An estimated 35 bridges, 100 minor structures and 100 miles of road need repair in Boulder County. Emergency managers estimate $100-150 million in damage in that county.

Statewide, 26 shelters have taken in a population of 1,872 people. Nine counties and five cities have activated Emergency Operations Centers.

Saturday, President Barack Obama also declared a major disaster declaration specifically for Boulder County. That allows for federal assistance with temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners in their recovery.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not able to financially help we would love for you to share this with your friends, families, and businesses.

If you live in the area and were not effected by the floods and would like to help our church be a blessing and a ministry to the flood victims by helping them.

 

For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959

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Short Summary

Colorado emergency management officials have released an initial estimate that says the ongoing flooding has damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management estimated Sunday on its website that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed.

In addition, 11,700 people have been evacuated and a total of 1,253 people are unaccounted for.

What We Need & What You Get

Our goal is to get $500,000.00 to go 100% to the victims of these Colorado floods.  These areas include Weld, Boulder, and Larimer Counties.

Firestone Baptist Church is located right in the heart of Weld County of which is central to Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, Longmont, and 30 minutes south of Loveland and 45 minutes east of Estes Park.  We believe that our community will greatly benefit from this fundraiser to help this flood victims.

The Impact

In Larimer County alone, the current impact area is estimated at 1,120 square miles. Another 760 are impacted in Boulder County and 385 in Jefferson County.

An estimated 35 bridges, 100 minor structures and 100 miles of road need repair in Boulder County. Emergency managers estimate $100-150 million in damage in that county.

Statewide, 26 shelters have taken in a population of 1,872 people. Nine counties and five cities have activated Emergency Operations Centers.

Saturday, President Barack Obama also declared a major disaster declaration specifically for Boulder County. That allows for federal assistance with temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners in their recovery.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not able to financially help we would love for you to share this with your friends, families, and businesses.

If you live in the area and were not effected by the floods and would like to help our church be a blessing and a ministry to the flood victims by helping them.

 

For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959

Find our church on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Firestone-Baptist-Church/203757890870

Bible Preaching Church?

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I know that this is sad, and really should not need to be said. But do you realize that there are a lot of churches out there that do not use the Bible.  What is sad, is that they call themselves a church.  The pastor no longer preaches, but rather gives a talk.  The congregation is no longer a congregation, but rather an audience.  The people are no longer expected to bring a Bible let alone actually open when.  The pastor no longer even opens the Bible, but rather just talks about life events that may have biblical principles.  The pastor is no longer looked as a pastor, nor should he be in these type of churches, but is looked at as a just another person.

We live in a Christian society that is doing everything possible to make church everything but a church.  The sad part is they are still calling it a church.  This is not a church at all and should not be called one.  This is not a place that is for the fellowship of Believers, but rather a hang out for like minded people.  This is no longer a call to holiness and repentance, but rather a social gathering to help others feel good.  This is no longer a place to understand right Theology, but now a place to hear about life stories and how to better live your life morally.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

This passage is pretty clear, that we should be expecting these types of churches to come into existence more and more.  God however, expects us to preach the Word. Where?  The church, inside of it, outside of it, everywhere, but specifically inside of it!  This passage is about the church.  A church should be a place that the Bible is not just talked about, but expounded on!  Not just highlighted, but expressed with detail.  Why?  Because it is for the betterment of the Believers.  This is for the shepherding of the Flock.  This is for showing those who follow Christ to look to be like Him.  This is also to protect the sheep from falling under false teaching.

False teaching is something that will penetrate our churches more and more as time moves on.  These people are there to follow after their own passions, and not to worship the True Christ.  If they were there to worship the True Christ, the Bible would be the center of that worship.  The Bible would be the focus of the church on Sunday as they learn to know Him better.

A church if it really is a church, is one that is focused on knowing God more and genuinely wanting to worship Him.  The Bible teaches us that Faith only can increase by the hearing of the Word of God. This is why it is crucial for this to be the center of our corporate worship.

I suppose the challenge would be to look at the church you go to.  Do they open the Word of God?  Do they reference the Word of God, or do they expound on the Word of God.  Do they preach from it, or do they just talk about life’s principles you may see in the Word of God?

For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959

Our Midweek Children’s Programs

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We wanted to take some time to spotlight our midweek children’s program.  Every week on Wednesday nights we have a in-home children’s program, while our adults and college and career have their bible studies in home.  The location is at the same house for easy use of both the adults and children’s bible study to be together.

The focus of our children’s program is to teach them about the major doctrines of Scripture while having fun doing so.  We also teach them Bible memorization and practical application for their lives at their age.  Although we think the Bible stories are important we go a little bit deeper to better help them understand the deeper meaning of the Bible stories. We have the Kids 4 Truth program for ages 4 years to 5th grade.  Our 6th graders are part of our youth ministries that you can read more about here at http://www.firestonebaptist.com/youthministry.htm.

We meet every week at 7PM on Wednesday. Our children’s program is called Kids 4 Truth.  It is very much like AWANA.  You can find out more information at http://www.firestonebaptist.com/childrensministry.htm

For more information on Firestone Baptist Church please go to FirestoneBaptist.com or call 303-7336-9959