Who We Are
Bay Area Outreach is a Bible study and community outreach ministry. Our mission is to make more and better disciples for Christ through a network of home fellowship groups and sharing the love of God through actions with our community outreach programs.
We are an open fellowship model, meaning, our ministry doesn't require a church building. Our goal is to form a network of home Bible Study/Fellowship Groups that will take the Word of God to them whenever they need it. Our home fellowship groups will come together for a little personal group time, where our internet studies are targeted toward more one-on-one time by accessing our online bible studies. Either way, there is no "formal" church influence so our members can feel comfortable in an honest "come as you are" concept.
Why We Are
There are around 330,000 Christian churches in America, and on any given Sunday, less than 18% of the population is in church. Interestingly, polls say that between 75% and 90% of the American population claims to believe in God. How can so many people believe in God, yet not go to church? Why do people no longer feel the need to fellowship with the family of God when it is neither Biblical nor healthy to opt out of hanging out with the family of God. He wants us to fellowship to help us in becoming more Christ-like together. We come together as Christians in order to be able to use our God-given gifts and attributes to:
< Serve each other
< Provide accountability to one another
< Share our faith together
< Teach others about becoming disciples of Christ
< To meet regularly and encourage each other
It seems clear that God expects us to be the salt and light of this world together as a family. Calling yourself a Christian, but not actively involving yourself in fellowship is like calling yourself a football player but not wanting to play for a football team. In order to become good in any profession, no matter what profession it is, requires diligence in study, getting together with others in the same profession and involving yourself with discussion and study groups if you have any ambition of becoming better at your chosen profession. Becoming a Christian requires no less. Fortunately, it doesn't require years of formal education. To become a Christian requires 4 simple steps
1. Belief. You must have a sincere belief that Christ died on the cross for your sins.
2. Faith. Faith in God never to forsake you or turn His back on you.
3. Asking Forgiveness. You must open your heart and sincerely ask His forgiveness, then invite the Lord Jesus in to your heart. This is probably the most important step. You must have a sincere heart. Christ cannot enter a doorway that is shut. A sincere heart is an open heart.
4. Get Involved. Join in a local fellowship group. If you can't find one, start one of your own then invite others to join in the group.
To a large portion of our communities, the local church leaders have drifted far away from what they are called on to do which is, teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Our communities no longer have much trust in the local church leaders and have chosen not to get involved. We have made it our goal to regain that trust. Through our fellowship groups, people have an opportunity to read and understand the Bible their way, we invite them to join our discussion groups and expand on what they read. There is NO PREACHING involved with our fellowship groups. Just good, old-fashioned Bible learning. During His ministry Jesus was never referred to as "Preacher", but was always addressed as "Teacher" because Jesus never preached about the Kingdom of God, he taught about the Kingdom of God, our Father and the many wonderful things waiting for us in God's Kingdom when we follow His plan for salvation.
What is Our Mission
We Experience God's Fulfillment by Helping Others
Even in this self-centered secular environment, there is an awakening to the needs of a hurting society and a greater intention in addressing those needs; a movement to help the disenfranchised and innocent victims of a broken world. Outsiders seem to know Jesus wants people to serve the poor, sick, disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and needy people in the world.
Most people feel good when they are able to help others. God created us this way. However, sin and selfishness often rob us of the joy and satisfaction that come from contributing to the well-being of others -- especially when it becomes a way of life. Unfortunately, many churches have simply withdrawn from the community. Most outsiders don't think of the church as crusading the cause of the poor, the sick, or those who don't seem to have it all together. And people outside the church believe the church is for "church people" and not for them. This is why we need to take "the church" to the community -- being the church IN the community -- rather than simply trying to bring outsiders to the church.
While today there is a growing search for truth, in many cases it is a search outside the church. We need, therefore, to perform activities that make a difference in people's lives right where they live. It is the mission of this ministry to grow the number of Disciples of Christ, not increase the size of a congregation. We leverage the power of the internet to help us Spread the Word of God, and to let people know what awaits them in Heaven when they follow the Commands of God!