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Voice of Hope

Sometimes, when we look out on this world, we find so many reasons to lose hope: cancer, addiction, family strife, political divisiveness, violence, war, meaninglessness, isolation. The list could go on and on. But because Jesus has been raised from the dead, we have every reason to hope - as does the world around. Every reason. So because Jesus is central for us, we are called to be a ``Voice of Hope`` in the world, echoing his voice. In this series, we learn what that means and how we might 'speak' it.

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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Our Most Recent Sermons

  • June 4, 2023

    We live in a world where people are hurting, unseen, forgotten about, and broken. People need to be healed, and people need their hope to be healed as well. In this message, we look at how Jesus healed 2 different people, and brought hope to countless more.

  • May 28, 2023

    Peter tells us that hope is meant to be active, alive, lived, and living – to be overflowing out of our lives, empowering us and directing our path forward. How could we be a voice of hope if we are not people with a living hope like that? We can’t. So in this message, we learn about what this living hope is, how it works, and how we can ‘get’ it and live it.

  • May 21, 2023

    In a world where people are walking away from God, away from faith, away from life – and where hopelessness is on the rise – what are we called to do and be?  We’re called to follow Jesus, and so be people who bring hope to those who are hopeless. Join us as we kick off our Voice of Hope series!

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A bit about us

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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