Welcome to the church in Tampa Bay, Florida where the doors are wide open, and so is the Bible.
People here are one-of-a-kind. Just like you. Bay Area Church of Christ has been in the Tampa-Mango-Seffner area for many years. We’re parents who want to bring up children right, singles who want real friendships, college students who are making life-changing choices, older folks who want to live an active, productive life. We come from many different backgrounds and places and ways of thinking. We stay here because of the love.
We’re alike in that we’ve all been changed by hearing the good news about Jesus, the gospel. We believe the Bible is God’s revealed truth, and our certain guide for life.
You have a purpose. And plenty of hope. There’s a verse in Psalms that says, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” We've seen him set our hearts free. To run in his path is a joyful sprint.
Nobody’s perfect. That’s for sure. That’s why we’re working together. To increase our Bible knowledge. To encourage each other. To learn how to be good parents, children, and helpers of each other. You and your family (if you happen to have one) would fit right in.
We gather to worship and share everything. Come and put life into perspective with us. Sunday mornings at either 8:30 or 11:15. In between, we have fellowship classes at 10:00 for Bible study and encouragement:
- Children (by grade level, from infants through sixth grade)
- College Students
- Young Adults
- Parents with Young Children
- Parents with Teens
It’s not a Sunday thing. Faith is about living. We’re concerned about our community and our world. So we work together on projects that help. We try to live the Christian life, not just talk about it.
What does God want? That’s an important question. He is God, after all. And we’re the creatures He made. Obviously, He wants us to do right, to be good parents, for example. But the Bible says the most important commandment is to love God with all our heart, all our being. We’re working on that, and God is working on us. Jesus says the second most important commandment is to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. (We’re working on that, too.) And He says just these two commandments are what God wants religion to be about.
The love of Christ changes everything. You might have noticed how big the word “Christ” is in our logo. It’s because He’s so important. He was God-come-to-earth-as-a-human to save us. He laid down His life for us, so we are laying down our lives every day for Him.
You probably want your children to learn about God and Jesus. But they learn most from watching what you do. Can you think of any good reasons not to make God your family’s most important priority?
That’s why we’re here. Because God’s love is what’s real, and that’s true for everybody, of any age, color, or status. Come and see.