TheFriendship Baptist Church of Bayonne, New Jersey, in response to the needs of the people it serves, is moving forward with a renewed dedication and a clear vision of it’s creed.
We have a divine mandated to lead people to Christ through positive interaction with our city, our state, our country and the world. This is a mandate that is given to all people of the Christian faith no matter who they are, where they live, or their social or economic condition.
The Church must be a catalyst for change in terms of spiritual, social, and economic development for all people or it falls short of the lofty goal set for it by it’s founder, our Lord, Jesus Christ. At Friendship, we believe that we are our brother’s keepers and we have an obligation to minister to him in every area of human need. The church can no longer afford to conceal itself behind stained glass windows and the confining trappings of religious piety. We must be visible, active, and relevant in all things that effect the human condition. We can no longer be followers of social, economic, and political trends; we must be leaders and trendsetters. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; “Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that dam them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”
Friendship Baptist Church lives out the essence of this powerful expression of religious purpose by ministering to the “soul” and “self” of its constituents. The church ministers to the soul through an extensive and vibrant program of worship, prayer and bible study and to the self through effective outreach ministries.
It is our responsibility to be the salt of the earth, therefore we must take an active role in the affaires of the world. It is my firm conviction that without the existence of the church, the moral compass of the universe would spin completely and hopelessly out of control. As is evidenced by recent occurrences in our nation and the world, we also see that when the church abdicates its leadership role, the moral compass is unable to find the true north of spiritual responsibility, social equality and economic justice.
In the rich tradition of the Baptist Church, Friendship continues to be a place where men and women of all walks of life can experience the unfettered freedom of spiritual enlightenment and growth and participate in various ministries that advocate spiritual, moral, social and economic empowerment.
2015 marks the 90th year of service to our community by this most vibrant and relevant fellowship of Christian believers. We are looking forward to this historic year.
We invite all of our friends and neighbors to come out and worship with us. You will find that Friendship Baptist Church is “The Friendly Church of Friendly People”.
Visit us when you are in the neighborhood, or make a special trip. We would love to share the word of God with you.
Rev. H. Gene Sykes