Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greetings fellow servants,

Trust your summer is going well and that you are experiencing the Lord’s blessings in your ministry.  We are looking forward to hosting the state meeting on Aug. 8th and want to invite you to make your way to Jacksonville on that day.  We have three men lined up to challenge us from God’s word and there will be an excellent meal provided at the noon hour.  Please note the following schedule for the day:

10 AM – Officer’s meeting

11 AM – Roger Gannam (Liberty Counsel)

Noon – Lunch

1 PM – Jason Henderson (Grace Pointe Church)

2 PM – Chad Braymer (Missionary to Costa Rica)

Look forward to seeing you Aug. 8th, feel free to call (904) 545-9880 if you have any questions or need any additional information.

- Pastor Richard Edwards

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September National Meeting - Cape Cod

Dear Pastor (& State Chairman),

I wanted to personally write and connect with you about our upcoming BBFI Cape Cod meeting in September (19th-21st). We are excited to be hosting the BBFI on Cape Cod for the first time and sharing a bit of what God has done. I thought it might be helpful to write to each of our state chairman first of all to invite you but also to offer to answer any questions or help with logistics.
The conference website - BBFI - Cape Cod is a great source of information.

- Speakers

- Accomodations

- Breakouts

- Travel information

- Things to do: Cape Cod & Boston
If you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions - please let me know. We genuinely want to serve the pastors, leaders, and churches of our fellowship.

Would you help me spread the word by sharing the Cape Cod BBFI website link and inviting your state to join us on Cape Cod.

I look forward to seeing you on Cape Cod!

In His Service,

Ben Feldott

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June - Regional Lunch Meet-ups!

Due to some scheduling issues we are going to do something real cool for the month of June.  We will be hosting several “Regional Lunch Meet-Ups!”  Most of these meet-ups will be within a short drive and include lunch, fellowship and prayer.  Check the list below for a Regional Lunch Meet-up near you!  Please contact the host pastor to let him know that you intend to come.

Hosted By: Pastor Richard Edwards
Date: June 13th
Location: Sonny’s BBQ – 4434 Blanding Blvd. Jax
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Pastor Richard Edwards – 904-545-9880; pastor@firstcoastbaptist.com

West Central
Hosted By: Pastor Dan Jeffers
Date: June 13th
Location: Cheddars – 4101 Park Blvd.  Pinellas Park FL
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Pastor Dan Jeffers – 727-345-1800;     pastor@parkstreetbaptist.com

Central/East Central
Hosted By: Pastor Vern Murray
Date: June 13th
Location: Cheddars 6650 S. Semoran Blvd. Orlando FL 32822
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Pastor Vern Murray- 407-373-9586; info@lbcorlando.com  

Hosted By: Pastor Larry Franck
Date: June 13th
Location:  Casey Key Fish house - ​801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey, FL 34229​http://www.caseykeyfishhouse.com/
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Pastor Larry Franck - 941-488-1551 - cbcvenice@gmail.com

Hosted By: Pastor Russell Johnson
Date/Location/Time TBD

Contact: Pastor Russell Johnson – 305-620-5111; Russell@ibbmiami.org

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Next Meeting:  Nov. 9th, 2015 - Harbor Baptist, Ormond Beach

Speakers will include:
Evangelist Tracy Dartt  (Author of " God On The Mountain")
Evangelist Rudy Holland  (PRH Ministries)
Associate Pastor Mike Petrick  (Harbor Baptist)

Theme "Lessons Learned Through Adversity"
 Special Music by the Dartts!
The meeting begins promptly at 11 a.m.
Please come and be a blessing, and expect a Blessing! 
Enjoy a fabulous Lunch about Noon!
Wrapping things up about 2:30!
Harbor Baptist Church
428 Tomoka Ave.
Ormond Beach, Florida  32174
Phone: 386-677-3116
New Editor of the Tribune
 by Dan Jeffers

If you not take the Baptist Bible Tribune let me encourage you go to the National BBF website and check it out.  It is not only a printed magazine but it is also  on the web.  Our Editor just retired and new one is coming on the scene.  His name is Randy Harp.  His hope is to make the Tribune more than just a periodical.  His goal is to not only keep us connected as a Fellowship but to also "establish a team of leaders to assist churches and pastors in three specific areas - consulting, conferences and coaching."  To read more about his vision go to BBFI.org.  

God Is Blessing... What if He Blesses Even More?
Beyond the idea of Fellowship as a verb... our fellowship exists to promote Church planting throughout the state of Florida.  At present, we are supporting two church planters that have been working with us for the past two or three years and basically all of the support we receive from Churches is funneled to these two works.
In 2015 we have been blessed with seeing two NEW Church plants - one in Lake Asbury and the latest in Winter Garden.  Both of these works desire our help and support, but we are simply not able to do so on a monthly basis.
What if God blessed us with even more Church planters?  Last month we heard about one family who plan to begin in 2016 and God may have even more headed our way.
And beyond these blessings, then we have the growing need for even more churches!
I believe it is time for all who support the church planting efforts of the Florida Baptist Bible Fellowship to come together for a special 2- day time of prayer, discussion and vision casting for the future.
At our business meeting on November 9th in Ormond Beach, I would like us to come prepared to discuss options for such a meeting in January of 2016.  Please come with ideas for hotels, retreat centers or other options where we could meet for a special time to project ahead to increased Church Planting efforts in our state.
Russell Johnson

As many of you have heard, Pastor Mark Hodges had a fall from a ladder on Monday night.  He had several injuries but has made significant progress in the last 48 hours.  Below is the latest update from the church's Facebook page.

Update on Pastor Hodges...

Thank you for your prayers. Pastor is feeling better today. He is not in as much pain now that they started letting him sit up this morning. The doctors say they are not going to use a brace for his back. They feel that the two discs will heal on their own as Pastor is careful about what he does. His wrist broke in two places and the doctors say there is no way to operate on those places as the bones are two small and crushed. They will put a cast on his arm and let it heal on its own. Tonight they are going to continue monitoring his blood pressure and the slight tear in his abdominal aorta before hopefully sending him home tomorrow morning. Please keep praying for Pastor's healing and recovery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Next Meeting: Oct. 12 Park Street Baptist - St. Petersburg

Park Street is looking forward to hosting the October FBBF meeting on Monday October 12.
We have three excellent speakers lined up that will be a blessing to you. 

Monty Trammel is a 1980 graduate of Baptist Bible College.  Monty pastored in Ohio for many years and has recently moved to Merritt Island where he is the pastor of Orsino Baptist Church. 

Phillip Housley is the pastor of Park Crest Baptist in Springfield Mo.  He is down for the week with a young man from his church who is interested in starting a church in Florida.  They are scoping out an area in the Orlando area.  Phil is a graduate of Baptist Bible College.

Tom Hunter has been at Plantation Baptist since 2006 and God has been doing some phenomenal things.  A graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Pastor Hunter moved to South Florida in 1994 and served for eleven years as Youth Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Coconut Creek, FL. In 2005, God had moved in the heart of Pastor Hunter to accept a call to Plantation Baptist Church and transitioned to Senior Pastor in 2006. God has been using him mightily in seeing many souls come to Christ.

Not only do we have an excellent line up of speakers but we will have a nice lunch as well as a time of fellowship.  If we stay on schedule we will be done by 2:30 PM

Directions:  We are located at 3901 Park St N St Petersburg.  You can follow your GPS although it will not take you the easiest way.  Once you are on 275 take the 54th Ave Exit and go WEST.  It will dead end into Park Street.  Turn left and the church will down about half a mile on the left.  

A Note from Russell Johnson

A Family Moves Into Town Looking for a Church…

During the months of September & October, our church is working through the Joshua Harris’ book entitled “Stop Dating the Church” or now released as “Why Church Matters.”  It’s been a good read for everyone and has opened up many conversations that were worth having.

In Chapter 5, Harris gives a “Must-Have” list for everyone seeking a new Church.  I wonder how each of our churches would fare if a family came into our Church with this list in hand:

1. Is this a church where God’s Word is faithfully taught?  - 2 Timothy 3:16

2. Is this a church where sound doctrine matters? - 2 Timothy 4:2-5

3. Is this a church in which the gospel is cherished and clearly proclaimed?
            1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:1-9

4. Is this a church committed to reaching non-Christians with the gospel?
            Mark 16:15; Hosea 11:4; Acts 15:19

5. Is this a church whose leaders are characterized by humility and integrity?
            1 Timothy 3:2-7; Matthew 20:25-28

6. Is this a church where people strive to live by God’s Word? - James 1:22-25

7. Is this a church where I can find and cultivate godly relationships?
            Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25

8. Is this a church where members are challenged to serve?
            1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-16

9. Is this a church that is willing to kick me out?
            Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 5 & 2 Corinthians 2

10. Is this a church I’m willing to join “as is” with enthusiasm and faith in God?

It might be worth the time for each of us, as Pastors, to examine our Church in the light of these questions.  It might be interesting (and scary) to have our people evaluate our Church by the same scale.

May we all strive to have Churches that God could trust with His chosen people!

Friday, June 5, 2015