Sandia Baptist Church

FAQs

Where do my kids go?

Sandia offers Extended Care for infants through Pre-kindergarten. Your children will be ministered to at a level that fits their developmental age with music, lessons, crafts and more. Children Kindergarten and up are invited to worship with their families in the Worship Center.  Beginning in the fall of 2015, on the third Sunday of each month, we will have Children’s Worship for children ages kindergarten through sixth grade. This will be an interactive time of Worship for our children.

How to join Sandia Baptist Church

If you are considering joining our church there are several ways for this to take place:

  • Accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and publicly make a decision to join Sandia Baptist Church through Baptism as a testimony of your faith in Christ,
  • Transfer by letter from another Baptist Church, or
  • By Statement of faith

We encourage you to pray about your decision.  If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your decision with one of the pastors, please call us! It is our desire to be as helpful and prayerful with you as we can while you are considering your involvement with Sandia Baptist Church.

I am hard of hearing…

Sandia Baptist Church doesn’t want anyone to miss out on the Word of God and Sandia recognizes its hard-of-hearing members with the installation of the T-Coil Loop Listening System. Please check in with our Sound Booth in the back of the Worship Center for information or assistance.

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

The Bible is clear in telling us what a person needs to do to go to heaven.
John 3:16 – 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Acts 4:12 – 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Mark 16:16 – 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

John 14:1-6 (Jesus is speaking) 1 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

It is really up to each individual to make their choice to place their faith in Jesus Christ and to have the promise of eternal life in Heaven. If you have questions and would like to know for sure that you know your destiny is secure in Christ, please call us. We want to help you settle the question once and for all.

What happens after I die?

The Bible tells us that after death believers’ souls are taken to heaven (paradise), because their sins are forgiven by having received Christ as Savior.

John 3:16-17 – 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

For believers, death is to “be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)  The Bible also tells us that believers will be given glorified bodies.  Upon death, the soul goes to be with the Lord while the physical body remains in the grave.  There will be a resurrection of believers that have died in which our bodies will be changed to glorified bodies that we will have for all eternity.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. “

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 – And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. We will live in a new heaven and a new earth with the Lord.

Revelation 21-22 – But, for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment.  Upon death, unbelievers are sent immediately to a temporary holding place, to await their final resurrection, judgment, and eternal destiny. Jesus tells the story of a rich man who was not a believer and of a beggar named Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31)  Both die and are immediately sent to their rewards.

Luke 16:22-25 – “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’

We see this unbeliever was immediately in torment after death.  Unlike believers who will receive glorified bodies and be in heaven enjoying their rewards, the unbelievers will be resurrected, judged at the great white throne, and then be cast into the lake of fire. Unbelievers, then, are not sent to hell immediately after death, but rather are in a temporary judgment and condemnation.  However, even though unbelievers are not instantly sent to hell, “the lake of fire”, their immediate fate after death, is one of torment. The rich man cried out, “I am in agony in this fire”. (Luke 16:24)

At the very end, what is called “the final resurrection”, a person’s eternal destiny will not change, but the location will.  Unbelievers will ultimately be sent to the lake of fire (hell), while believers inherit eternal life and heaven.

John 3:36 – 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Revelation 20:11-15 – 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:1, 3 – 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared. . . 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.