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What In The World?

The Church. There aren’t too many ‘organizations’ that can cause so much hurt and confusion on the one hand, and so much hope and healing on the other. It’s gotten a pretty bad wrap for some pretty bad reasons, as well as a pretty bad wrap for some pretty good reasons. And yet at the same time, so many people miss the good it has done in the world, and the good it still has to do…the good that Jesus has called it together for. And so in our new series, that is the question that we will ask and answer: why the Church? Why did Jesus choose to continue to work in the world through people like us? Why do we exist? What is our purpose? What is our mission? Or, as the series is titled, “What in the World” are we here for?

Central Baptist Church

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If you're checking out Central, let us tell you a bit about what we're about. Here at Central, we believe that Jesus is central. We want everything we do, think, and say to come from that. So, we strive to be a church that

Lives by faith in Jesus

Is known by loving like Jesus

And is a voice of hope in the world, echoing Jesus


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Who are we? What matters here? Why are we here?
Who are we?

Central Baptist Church is an intergenerational congregation in the heart of Atlantic Highlands, NJ – that has been here for over 125 years. We are not a perfect people, but we’re a warm, kind, and generous community.  We’d love for you to join us and ‘come and see’ for yourself.


We  blend contemporary and traditional elements of worship into our services; preserving our faith history while embracing new traditions in worship.  We love kids, and are excited to be growing our kids programs. We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches – New Jersey and the American Baptist Churches – USA.

What matters here?

What is ‘central’ at Central?  Jesus.  He is our center, as we seek to live our lives by faith in him, to be known by the way we love like him, and to echo him by being a voice of hope in the world. This is what matters here at Central.

Why are we here?

We are here because we believe that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world – a world that God so deeply and profoundly loves – and through churches like ours, God shares his love with the world. So we are here to share his love, to bear witness to his amazing grace, and as he calls us to, to love our neighbors.

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But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

The Apostle Paul
Romans 5:8

"(The person) can certainly flee from God (he does so); but he cannot escape Him. ... He may let go of God, but God does not let go of him.

Karl Barth

"Do things that will get people asking questions, the answer to which is the Gospel."

Lesslie Newbigin

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10
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