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  • Sound Doctrine Conference | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Sound Doctrine Conference Sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 - ESV ​ Male + Female The Imago Dei April 28-29, 2023 ​ Friday 7:00 PM (Potluck meal @ 6 PM) Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pastor's Lunch Friday 12 PM ​ ​ ​ Register Why is this years theme? We live in interesting times, but that is nothing new. Even the Sophists in the 5th Century BC denied truth just as many do today. Truly, nothing is new under the Sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). But, what has this old denial of truth done for the modern man? It has brought about a sexual revolution that denies truth as a tangible reality. Modern man says, “boys can be girls and girls can be boys but it doesn’t matter because boys and girls do not even really exist.” While this produces all sorts of problems for the non-Chris tian, this is clearly seen as an attack on the Image of God (Imago Dei). In light of this attack, and others like it, this year’s conference will be on the topic, MALE + FEMALE: THE IMAGO DEI. We hope to see you there! ​ "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 – ESV Friday Session 1 The Imago Dei (Gen 1:26) Pastor Tony Arnds (Folsom Bible Church) What is the Imago Dei (Image of God)? If God made man in his image, what is that image? Who is this God, what is he like, and how has he implanted man with this image? In this opening session Pastor Tony Arnds will demonstrate from Scripture what it means to say, made in the Image of God. What is the Purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference? The purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference is to equip the local church with sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel. Why the Sound Doctrine Conference? We live in an age where knowledge and information are widely accessible. Yet, with the increase of knowledge there is an ever-increasing rejection of truth and morality. This problem has not just infected the world but has even found its way into the church. As this has happened, fewer and fewer churches are found which preach sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel. So, what are churches to do? First and foremost, they must remain steadfast in their commitment to faithful biblical teaching. This is done primarily through the pulpit ministry of the local church. In an effort to reinforce this commitment, the Sound Doctrine Conference seeks to instill a love for the word of God in the local church through faithful exposition the word of God. Where Does Sound Doctrine Come From? The Sound Doctrine Conference is based on the phrase ‘sound doctrine’ (ὑγιαινούσῃ διδασκαλίᾳ) found in 1 Timothy 1:11, Titus 1:9 and 2:1. Further, the phrase ‘sound words’ (ὑγιαίνουσιν λόγοις/ὑγιαινόντων λόγων), which correspond to sound doctrine, are found in 1 Timothy 6:3 and 2 Timothy 1:13. Paul, in his letters to Timothy and Titus, is exhorting these young Pastors to teach sound doctrine to the churches under their watch. However, Paul is not simply advocating for academic accuracy; an accuracy which is of absolute importance. He is also seeking that this sound doctrine is consistently applied into the lives of the believer in such a way that produces godliness. In the passages mentioned above, Sound Doctrine in accordance with the gospel must necessarily produce godliness. Who is the Sound Doctrine Conference for? Sound doctrine is not for ivory tower theologians. Rather, sound doctrine is for those who desire to know and love God. According to Paul, sound doctrine is in accordance with the gospel, sound doctrine is the needed tool to resist bad teaching, sound doctrine produces godliness, and sound doctrine is required to walk with Christ in faith and in love. In other words, sound doctrine is the very thing we need to know the gospel, declare the truth, combat lies, and to live a life that pleases God. Sound Doctrine is for every believer! What Happens at the Sound Doctrine Conference? At the Sound Doctrine Conference, we are steadfast to do five things: We Sing, We Read The Bible, We Pray, We Hear Teaching, We Reason With What We Heard We Sing : Singing is a beautiful gift from our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the greatest joys of gathering with other believers in a larger gathering is to be able to join other brothers and sisters in singing great truth about our God and his Christ. We Read the Bible : The Bible is the very Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is a priceless treasure for us to cherish. We love to hear the precious words of Scripture read aloud for all to hear. We Pray : Our endeavor is first and foremost a spiritual effort. This requires that we seek spiritual means to changes our hearts and minds. This begins with prayer. We Hear Teaching : Like the disciples, we love to hear faithful teaching. We devote ourselves to the Apostle’s teaching. Each session will seek to engage both our spiritual minds and our holy affections. We Reason with What We Heard : Godly learning is not just an information download. Rather, it demands that we meditate and reason what we have heard. To foster this reflective work, we have also included multiple opportunities to ask questions about what has been taught. Why a Pastor’s Lunch? Pastor’s need friends, fellowship, and encouragement. With busy schedules and various demands on their time, pastors can quickly forget to foster these needed relationships. Therefore, it is the desire that Pastor’s would have an opportunity to gather with other men who are serving as elders, pastors, or overseers to be encouraged though fellowship, a good meal, a word from the Scriptures, and of course, a few more books. This lunch is reserved exclusively for men who are currently serving as a Pastor, Elder, or Overseer. 2023 Cost: $50 Per Household The Sound Doctrine Conference is made possible by the sacrificial giving of FBC Fortuna and generous supporters. If you would like to donate you may do so at the conference or online at Friday Night there is a potluck dinner at 6 PM. Saturday lunch is provided. ​ Friday at Noon there is a Pastor's Lunch and Fellowship. There is no child care provided. However children are welcome to attend. The nursery will be available for parents to use for children ages 0-2. The sessions will be available to watch from the nursery. ​ There will be a breakout for children in grades K-6th. Did we mention that we love to give away books? Each year we gather together some useful books that promote sound doctrine and godliness. [One set of books per household.] The Sound Doctrine Conference takes place at FBC Fortuna 1976 Scenic Dr. Fortuna, CA On Friday at 12 PM there is a Pastor's lunch and fellowship. This time is open to Men who are currently serving as a Pastor (or Elder/Overseer). After lunch and a time to fellowship with one another a Pastor will bring a word of encouragement and exhortation. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 1 Timothy 1:8-11 - ESV PREVIOUS CONFERENCES Sound Doctrine (The Church) - 2022 Sound Doctrine (Godliness) - 2021 Missions Conference (Church Planting Churches) - 2020 Missions Conference (Church History) - 2019 More audio at Video on YouTube

  • Classical Christian Education | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Welcome! Sign up and get connected by clicking the button below. After that, plan on attending the Parent Meetings and joining the Co-op . ​ Sign-up and Get Connected! ​ Co-op Classes ​ Parent Training Classes Homeschool Co-op A cooperation of homeschooling families to help one another educate their children within a Classical Christian Education model. The co-op meets weekly on Tuesdays . ​ 2023-2024 Please turn in your application or send it in via email to . ​ Student Application Deadline: August 1, 2023 Teacher / Tutor Application Deadline: July 1, 2023 ​ Teacher Training: August 8th, 2023 (7 PM) New Student Orientation: August 19, 2023 (10 AM - 12 PM) Fall Student Orientation: August 15, 2023 (7 PM) FALL SEMESTER BEGINS: August 22, 2023 ​ Semester Cost Family with a teacher/tutor $264.00 + books & materials Family without a teacher/tutor $528.00 + books & materials Semester fees can be made in person or online at ​ ​ 2023-2024 Student Application ​ 2023-2024 Teacher Application ​ Mission, Vision, Values, and Doctrine Fall 2023 Co-op Classes (Updated 08/01/2023) Veritas History (grades 2-6) - Syllabus Mrs. Katie Carter Omnibus II (grades 7-9) - Syllabus Mrs. Maria Szabo Omnibus V (grades 10-12) - Syllabus Mr./Pastor John Carter Biology (grades 9-12) - Syllabus Mr./Pastor Jon Szabo ​ General Science (g rades 7-8) - Syllabus Mrs. Maria Szabo Introduction to Logic (grades 7-8) - Syllabus Mr./Pastor John Carter ​ Math Tutoring - Study Hour (grades 2-12) - No Syllabus Mrs. Katie Carter Institutes of Excellence in Writing (grades 1-2) - Syllabus Mrs. Katie Carter ​ Institutes of Excellence in Writing (grades 3-6) - Syllabus Ms. Julia Szabo ​ Logos Latin II (grades 3-6) - Syllabus Ms. Julia Szabo Reading Class (grades K-2) - Syllabus Mrs. Naomi Cruz Introduction to Koine Greek (Biblical Greek) (grades 9-12 & adults) - Syllabus Adults without student will only need to pay a semester fee of $264.00 + books & materials Mr./Pastor John Carter Horseback Riding (grades) - Syllabus Mrs. Lexi Bragia ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The final class schedule will be sent out in August. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Christian Ministry Training | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    CHRISTIAN MINISTRY TRAINNING During the Sunday School Hour These 10 six-session classes are designed to equip believers with the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Although everybody is encouraged to attend any who are interested in teaching or serving in certain ministry roles at FBC Fortuna are required to participate in all ten classes. The classes cover the following topics: What is a Healthy Church? , Biblical Inter pretation , Missions & Evangelism , Basic Theology I & II , Apologetics, Old Testament Survey , New Testament Survey , Church History , and Spiritual Disciplines. Healthy Church CMT 01 What is a church and how can you tell if it is healthy? This class will look at some basic marks of a healthy church. Missions & Evangelism CMT 03 The last command Jesus gave on the earth was to make disciple of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). So, what does that look like? This class will look at what the Bible teaches about telling all people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and some practical ways to do it. Christian Apologetics CMT 06 Christians are called to both know and defend the faith. This class will look at some different ways for believers to defend their faith as well as some ways to engage opposing beliefs and worldviews. New Testament Survey CMT 08 The New Testament contains the Apostles teachings that have been handed down for the church to know and believe. This class will provide a survey of those teaching, also known as the New Testament. Spiritual Disciplines CMT 10 The Christian is not just called to believe; he is also called to obey. This class will provide some needed spiritual disciplines to help the Christian grow in both knowledge and obedience to the Lord. Biblical Interpretation CMT 02 The Bible is meant to be read and understood. But sometimes reading the Bible can seem too hard to understand. This class will provide some basic tools to understand how to read and interpret the Bible. Basic Theology I & II CMT 04 - 05 Using the 1689 Baptist Confession and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 this class will look at basic doctrines of the Christian Faith. Old Testament Survey CMT 07 Is the Old Testament important or even interesting? Yes! This class will provide a survey of the Old Testament while demonstrating how it important to the believer today. Church History Survey CMT 09 Many Christians are familiar with the Bible, but too few know what has happened in the last 2000 year of Church History. This Church History survey will highlight some significant moments from church history and how the Christian message has spread across the world.

  • Contact | FBC Fortuna

    Let's Chat Have a question or need to talk to someone? Use the form below and a Pastor or Deacon will get back to you. Phone 707.725.2595 Email Social Media First Name Last Name Email Message Reason for contact General Facility Use Request Biblical Counseling Prayer Request Benevolence Phone Send Thanks for submitting!

  • I'm New | FBC Fortuna

    HELLO! If you're visiting for the first time you might fit into one of two groups. The first group is a local who is looking for a local church. The second group is travelers. That is why one of our first questions often ask is, "are you a local or are you passing through?" But, no matter which group you find yourself in please know that we are honored that you are choosing to worship the Living God with us. We will do everything we can to care for you while you are with us. ​ HOW DO I GET TO FBC? Beginning on Rohnerville Road and Newell Drive (across from Ray's Food Place) we have large A-frames with arrows directing you up the hill. There are four a-frames. There is a parking lot once you arrive. We will be on the right at 1976 Scenic Drive, Fortuna CA 95540 . ​ WHAT TIME? We have Sunday School Classes for all ages at 9:45 AM (about 60 minutes). We have Corporate Worship Services at 11:00 AM (about 90 minutes). ​ If you are a first-time guest you are probably visiting at one of these times. We usually start on time, but we still welcome those who might arrive late. ​ WHERE DO I GO? We do our best to have a friendly person who will greet you as you arrive. The first place to go is the Sanctuary (the large brick building with the cross on top ). Here we have a resource area where you can get helpful information and a gift. The Two-Story building is where our classrooms are located. Just in case you can't find help or feel overwhelmed, there are maps located at the entrance of each building. ​ WILL IT BE WEIRD? We hope not. At least not on purpose. We will not pressure you into giving us your information or doing anything that you are not comfortable doing. But that doesn't mean we won't try to make you feel welcome. We recognize that this may be your first time in a church building or that you may be dealing with heavy issues. So we want to care for you and not be a burden. ​ WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS? It is our conviction that parents are the ones who are primarily responsible for evangelizing and discipling their children. Therefore, we endeavor to be a multi-generational and family-integrated church. That is why we encourage family members of all ages to join us to worship on Sunday mornings. Any age-specific class is always a supplement to what Dad and Mom are called to do at home. Worship, Bible Study, and other classes are places where children being present are not a problem but are encouraged to attend. This means we expect an appropriate amount of noise as Dad and Mom are training their children to participate in community life. Be encouraged, small children can learn to sit still and listen quietly (if taught how to do it!). We have a flyer at the resource table with more information about Families, Kids, and Worship . There is a nursery is available for children 0-2 (with a live feed of the service) and a Mother's room for nursing babies. ​ WHERE IS THE RESTROOM? There are two restrooms at the entrance to the S anctuary (the large brick building with the cross on top ) and a restroom on each floor of the Two-Story building. ​ THANK YOU! We have each been in the place you are. Looking to visit a new church for the first time. We understand that you may have a lot of questions and concerns. So we want to say thank you for choosing to trust us and join us. We look forward to meeting you! May God bless you as you seek to know him! ​

  • Kids | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    JESUS & KIDS Jesus was very clear, kids are important to him and his kingdom. That means that kids are important to us too! This has led us to make some very important decisions on how we function as a community of believers. First, we are a Family-Integrated Church. This means that we try to keep age segregated activities to a minimum. Kids in worship, Bible Study, or any other context is not a problem to be solved. It is a gift to be embraced. Second, we are protective of any child entrusted to us. This means we have set-up some ways to help you as a parent know that we are looking out for both the spiritual and the physical safety of your kids. ​ ​ ​ CHECK-IN & PICK-UP The first time you come you may discover everyone has not met you yet. So to ensure that you leave with the same kids that you brought we check-in every child from birth through 6th grade. Please enter the front of the Main building to check-in your kids. A friendly greeter will be there to help you with this process. Check-in usually begins about 15 minutes before class (about 9:30 AM) and each kid needs to be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of class (before 11 AM). The person who checks-in the child will also need to pick up the child. To speed up the check-in process, please consider providing us with your kid's information in advance by filling out the form below. REGISTER HERE LOOK FOR TAGS When you first arrive you may notice that the teaches have printed tags with their name. Anyone with a "TEACHER" tag is safe to leave your child with. Every person who works with children is a member of FBC Fortuna, has gone through an application process, and has passed a background check. ​ ​ ​ RUNNING LATE We've been there. You're running late because the shoe clogged the toilet and you're not eve n sure you brushed your teeth. That's okay! We have restrooms and no one will notice you eating breath mints like candy. However, we do lock the doors to the t wo-story building at 10 AM. After this time you will need to enter through the main entrance (large brick building with the cross on top). W e want to make sure we are aware of any guests on the church grounds so someone will greet you and make sure you make it to the right class. If you have any questions please contact Lexi (Kids Sunday School Coordinator) or Pastor John.

  • Marriage Retreat | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    DATE & COST February 10, 2024 | 2 pm - 8 pm Cost: $8 0 Includes: An Elegant Dinner, a book for him and her, and a chance to strengthen your marriage This retreat is available for couples who are married, or engaged with a date. Join John and Katie Carter as they teach about the high's and lows of marriage in the comfort of their living room. They were married in 2004 and have four boys. They don't have a perfect marriage, but over the years they have learned through Scripture what it takes to have a godly marriage. ​ Format The retreat will consist of multiple sessions where different topics on marriage are discussed. The Bible will be heavily relied upon to guide these sessions. Breaks, snacks, and laughs will abound. Dinner with dessert will be at 6 PM. ​ Registration Space is limited to seven (7) couples (married or engaged with a date). Priority will be given to those who have registered and paid. ​ Children/Babies As a courtesy to other couples and to foster an intimate environment, other plans will need to be made for children and babies. Register

  • What We Believe | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ We believe that in the beginning, God created everything. But because of sin, the world was broken. Sin is any action that places self above God and is consequently worthy of punishment. Therefore sinners are in need of forgiveness and salvation. The good news is that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection provides this forgiveness. Five Solas (Protestant) Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone. Great Commission (Missional) Any theology that affirms God’s Sovereignty and election can never be applied in contradiction to God’s command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:6). Any theology that pits election against evangelistic fervor is anti-Christ. Therefore, we unashamedly and whole heartily participate in evangelism at home and missions abroad. Bylaws (501 (c)3 Nonprofit Religious Corporation) First Baptist Church of Fortuna, California is a California nonprofit religious corporation, recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Our bylaws are available upon request. Regenerate Church Membership (Baptistic) The most significant mark of being Baptist is holding to believer’s baptism; the belief that only those who personally confess Christ should be recognized as saved and therefore baptized. But we also hold to the historic teaching that church membership is for the regenerate (saved). That means we affirm that every Christian must be a member of a local church to be obedient to Christ. But membership is not just a name on a list. It includes a confession, participation in the ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and evidences of grace (sanctification). Doctrines of Grace (Reformed Theology) Salvation is clearly taught in the Scriptures. However, there are certain aspects of salvation that have caused theological division over the 2000 years of Church History. Although there is a certain amount of acceptable disagreement, we have come to believe that the Doctrines of Grace are the true and consistent teaching of the Scriptures. It is not necessary to completely understand the Doctrines of Grace when becoming a member of FBC Fortuna. However, it is necessary that you are not in good conscience opposed to the basic teachings related to these doctrines. This means, that we are patient with those who are taking time to fully comprehend and internalize the distinctive doctrines of these doctrines. The Doctrines of Grace are also known as Calvinism. Statement of Faith (Baptist Faith & Message 2000) The preaching and teaching of FBC Fortuna are firmly rooted in Reformed Theology and our statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BFM2000). Even though there may be some disagreement among members about certain doctrines the BFM2000 is the extent of disagreement that we can maintain while holding onto unity and fellowship. Read BFM2000 . 1689 Baptist Confession (1689 Second London Baptist Confession) "Of the many confessions of faith that Baptist have produced—and they have produced a goodly number—none has been more influential than the Second London Confession, popularly known as The 1689 Confession. It was not only the confession of faith adopted by the majority of Baptists in the British Isles and Ireland from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, but it was also the major confessional document on the American Baptist scene ..." (Read more at: The 1689 Confession .

  • Leadership | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    ELDER LED CONGREGATIONALISM What is Elder Led Congregationalism ? The New Testament is clear that the Church has one Chief Shepherd (Pastor) and that is Jesus Christ. Further, each local church is to submit to her Elders (Pastors) while each member is still responsible for the wellbeing of the church. This means that the Elders are to care for the Spiritual well being of the church while the Deacons assist the Elders with the physical needs of the church, and each Church Member is to carry out the work of the ministry. Head & Chief Shepherd Jesus is the head of the Church and the Chief Shepherd (Pastor). Under his authority will the church grow and be led. Lead Elder/ Pastor John Carter Serving as the Lead Elder, it is Pastor John's responsibility to Oversee the spiritual health of FBC Fortuna. His responsibility also includes overseeing the preaching and teaching, as well as the vision of FBC Fortuna. You can learn more about Pastor John by going to . Deacon of Finances & Benevolence Vince Braigia To allow the Elders to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Vince serves (deacons) by helping to manage the finances of FBC Fortuna. Deacon of Evangelism & Benevolence Gabe Cruz To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Gabe serves by helping to lead out opportunities for evangelism, the greeters, and benevolence requests. If you would like to assist in serving please contact Gabe. Children's Ministry Director Lexi Bragia To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Lexi assists with the needs of the Children's Ministry. From teaching to administrative needs Lexi's greatest concern is for the eternal and earthy safety of the children. FBC Church Member Every church member is responsible for the health and future of our church. This means no church member can sit back and 'let the professionals' do their job. The Elder's equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Consider this, every book in the New Testament is written to churches, not just Elders. Members have access to a church directory . Elder/ Pastor Jon Szabo Serving as an Elder, it is Pastor Jon's responsibility to Oversee the spiritual health of FBC Fortuna. He is responsible for teaching and overseeing pastoral care of the church. Deacon of Worship Services & Communications Ben De Leon To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer the worship services deacon serves by helping to manage the administrative needs of the Sunday Morning Worship Services. If you would like to help serve in the area please contact the worship services deacon. Deacon of Facilities Luke Piehl To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Luke serves by helping to manage the facilities. If you would like to assist in caring for the building (cleaning, upkeep, repairs, gardening) please contact Luke.

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