I've never attended your church before. What should I expect?Welcome, Friend! We welcome guests at all of our services and activities. Please park in one of the Guest parking spots near the north entrance to the church (the one with the covered drive-through). You'll be greeted as you enter the north entrance and directed to the centrally located Welcome Center where you can find where your age-graded small group meets, where child care is located, and where the entrances to the worship center are. You'll find that most people are dressed in casual or business casual attire, but you may see a coat and tie or two. Expect to be warmly greeted by several friendly people, but you won't be asked to stand or otherwise be recognized or asked to say anything during a worship service. You will be invited to fill out a "Connection Card" and place it in the offering plate when passed as your offering. Be sure to exit the service through the rear foyer and introduce yourself to one of our ministers to receive a gift travel mug containing a Dairy Queen gift card for you to enjoy.
What style of worship service should I expect?Our congregation favors what is popularly known as a "blended" style worship service. We enjoy congregational singing of both popular praise choruses and traditional hymns. On Sunday mornings we usually have both a choir and praise team leading the music along with a small praise band. Our services include times of greeting and welcome as well as times of minister- or deacon-led prayer. Our services always include a sermon and an invitation to respond to the Holy Spirit's leadership in our lives.
What group is Cook Baptist Church affiliated with?
What is the Southern Baptist Convention?Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world.
The term "Southern Baptist Convention" refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Working through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.
The Convention will assist churches and associations in the Christ-appointed tasks: to worship God, to proclaim the Gospel, to teach, to nurture Christians, to establish and strengthen churches, and to minister in Christ's name.
What is the Louisiana Baptist Convention?The LBC is a statewide association of nearly 1,600 Baptist churches connected through a common mission. The purpose of this Convention is to provide means through which Louisiana Baptist churches and members can cooperate in bringing persons to God throughout the world.
How does a person become a member of Cook Baptist Church?Cook Baptist church receives members in the following ways:
- By Profession of Faith: By accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, and following Him in believer's baptism by immersion.
- By Letter: If you are already Baptist and your membership is elsewhere, you can unite with CBC by transfer of letter. We will secure your letter from a sister Baptist Church.
- By Statement: If records of your former membership in a Baptist church are not available to effect a transfer by letter, or if you were once a Baptist and are now a member of another Christian denomination, we will accept you into the membership of CBC by a statement of these conditions.
We, the family of Cook Baptist Church, extend to you an invitation to unite with this Church by any of the above ways. Your response to this invitation assumes that you will faithfully commit yourself to the Lord's work by participation in service and worship with fellow believers.
How can I be saved?First, know that God loves you. What's more, He likes you. In fact, the God and Creator of every atom and galaxy in the universe is wildly crazy about you. He desires a personal, intimate relationship with you.
Second, know that there is a problem. The problem is sin. Sin can be defined as anything short of perfection. Anytime that you have not measured up to God's highest holy standard, you have sinned. God has given us instructions in the Bible of some things we should do and some things we should not do, and the truth is that we have all blown it. However, this sin is no small matter. Just as a judge would not allow criminals to go unpunished, God, because He is perfectly just, says that sin comes with a severe punishment. That punishment is eternal separation from Him in a horrible place that is called Hell.
Third, and this is the good part, know that there is a solution. Because of God's deep love for us, He provided a way to Him for those who would receive it. That way is Jesus, God the Son. Jesus' brutal death on the cross paid the debt and served as the penalty for sin. What's more, after three days dead and buried, Jesus showed that He alone has power over death by raising Himself from the dead. In order to partake in this forgiveness, God tells us that we must repent of our sin. This means simply to agree with Him that we have fallen short, ask His forgiveness through Jesus' sacrifice, and to earnestly seek to put Him in charge of our lives from now on.
According to the Bible, the word of God, this is the only way to be sure of your salvation. What will you choose?
How do I join a small group?We call our small groups "Connect Groups". They meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. When you stop at the Welcome Center, our greeter will be able to direct you to a group that you would feel comfortable with. You do not have to be a church member to attend or join a Connect Group.