ABOUT OUR CHURCH

Our Mission

Our Vision


As servants of Jesus Christ, we gather together
PROCLAIMING the Gospel to our cummunity and our world, PROMOTING the training of believers and their children by the systematic study of God's word, PRACTICING Christian fellowship by encouraging one another in prayer and testimony, and
PRAISING God in worship.
Since Jesus is Lord, we are committed to glorifying God by advancing His Kingdom with vitality, energy, faith, and enthusiasm until He comes, regardless of the cost.

WHAT WE BELEIVE

  
Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the VERBALLY inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed as no other writings, have ever been or ever will be. II Tim. 3:15-16; II Peter 1:19-21.

God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost-equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices.  I John 5:7; Exodus20:2, 3; I Cor. 8:6; Deut. 6:4

Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgement of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10
                                   
Man
We accept the Genesis account of creation and thereby believe man was created by the Godhead in a state of innocence. That by his voluntary transgression, fell, thus corrupting the stream of humanity at its fountainhead. We believe the whole of mankind is totally depraved and is in dire need of redemption from an outside source. Jer. 17:9; Gen. I:27; Gen. 3:1-9; Gen. 6:5; Rom. 3:23

Redemption
We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin as no other. That He was both the Son of God, and God the Son. That He was crucified, buried, and risen from the grave the third day and is now seated at the right hand of the Father; thus becoming the Author and Finisher of man’s salvation. We believe He is qualified in every way to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior. We believe that salvation of sinners is wholly of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We recognize and affirm that His death on the cross was to be substitutionary.   Gen. 3:15; Isa.7:14; Phil. 2:7; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 5:1; Acts 4:12; Acts 13:39; Rom. 8:1, 2

Believer’s Two Natures
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16, 25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter I:14-16; I John 3:5-9

Believer’s Security
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30;Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; I Cor. I:4-8; I Peter 1-5; I John 2:19.  We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty, as an occasion to the flesh. Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; II Tim. 2:19.

Christian Conduct
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1.
                                   
We believe that all the saved should be faithful stewards of their possessions and that they should seek to realize for themselves the stature of maturity in Christ through personal prayer and Bible study. Malachi 3:7-10;
ll Corinthians 9:6-7; Acts 17:11; ll Timothy 3:16-17.

We believe that the sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and in that Christ died for all mankind; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love from the moment of conception until natural death. Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 12:9-21.

We further believe that alternative relationships other than that taught in the scriptures as between one man and one woman is contrary to the teachings of the Bible, and therefore not acceptable behavior within the Christian life and this church body. Therefore, we adhere to the Biblical teaching that God ordained marriage from the beginning to always be only between a man and a woman. Genesis 1:26-27; 2:21-24; Romans 1:26-32; Malachi 2:14-15; Matthew 19:4-6; l Corinthians 7:1-3

Church
We believe the local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges given by Him.
                                          
We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from interference from outside organizations or individuals and recognizing Christ as the one and only Superintendent. We believe it is scriptural for local churches to cooperate with one another in contending for the faith, but that each church is the sole judge in its method and measure of cooperation. Acts 14:27; 20:17.

Ordinances
We believe in Christian baptism by immersion. We hold that this baptism is a testimony to the world, showing in a solemn and beautiful way an emblem of the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. We also hold that the believer’s life should demonstrate His being dead to sin and alive to god. Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; Col.2:12. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of Christ till He returns, and should be preceeded always by self-examination. 1 Cor.11:28; Luke 22:19-22.

Eternal State
We believe there is a vast difference in the terms “righteous” and “wicked”. That only those who have been regenerated by the Spirit of God through faith in the Son of God are deemed righteous by Him. We believe those who continue in their unbelieving and unrepentant state are held as wicked in God’s esteem. We believe also this distinction will be and will remain unchanged after death and continue for the everlasting ages to come; the righteous dwelling in the presence of God their Savior and the wicked in conscious everlasting suffering in the Lake of Fire. Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18, 23; Proverbs 14:32; Matt. 25:34-46; John 8:21; Rev. 22:11

Believer’s Rapture
We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. 1Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-57; Heb. 9:28; John 14:13; James 5:8.

Second Advent
We believe in Christ’s subsequent return to earth with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  Zech. 14:4-11; Matt. 24:29-30; Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16.
  

History

First Baptist Church of Reed City was organized on April 2, 1872, and a church edifice was erected that same year.  It was the first church built in the Todd Slashings Settlement, which was later known as Reed City.  The population of the village was 2500 in 1889.  The church building was also used as a school house.  The first public school in Reed City being held here.

At our centennial celebration our then pastor Brian Spencer wrote the following:



April 2, 1972
In 1872 the United States of America was 96 years old.  The civil war had been over for 7 years, Abraham Lincoln had been dead for 7 years and Ulysses S. Grant was serving his 3rd year as our 18th president.  The U.S. consisted of just 37 states.  Five years previously we'd purchased Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000.  Between 1864 and 1894 we would go from fourth to first as the most productive manufacturing country in the world, and assembly lines were still 41 years away.
In 1872 Montgomery Ward established mail order merchandising while the A & P company was already 13 years old.  The New York to San Francisco Railroad was 3 years old, Duryea's first U.S. automobile was still 21 years away,  and the Wright's first flight 31 years off.  We had progressed from the overland mail stagecoach line from Missouri to California in 1859 to the pony express in 1860 to the first New York to San Francisco telegraph in 1861, and in just 4 years Alexander Graham Bell would give us the telephone.
In 1872 dynamite was 10 years old, the typewriter 4 years old and barbed wire would be available in the next year.  Thomas Edison would invent the phonograph in 5 years and the electric light in 7 years, Waterman the fountain pen in 12 years and Kodak the hand camera in 16 years.
In 1872 D.L Moody was president of the Chicago Y.M.C.A. and had founded Moody Church.  In this same year he and Ira Sankey would team up and go to England for their first evangelistic European campaign.  Moody Bible Institute wouldn't be established until 1889.  Charles Spurgeon was 38 and had been preaching since 1861 at the 6,000 seat Metropolitan Tabernacle at Newington, England.  Hudson Taylor's China Inland Mission was already 6 years old.  Billy Sunday was 10 years old and Fanny Crosby had for 8 years been writing her hymns which would number about 6,000 ny 1915.
In 1873 David Livingstone would die and the great Caruso would be born...
One-hundred years of history, but it is more than that.  It is 100 years of accountability.  God's Word says that all men will stand before Him and give account.  We thank God for the {chrter members} and all who have come and gone before.  I thank God for the present membership, and their desire to honor the Lord Jesus Christ.  Should He tarry His coming may we be found faithful to our worship of Him, our love for each other, and our responsibility to a lost and dying world.  And may our prayer continue to be "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
It has been nearly fifty years since our centennial celebration and much has transpired. We are thankful for what God is doing in our midst and we look forward to all that God is going to do.in the years to come should He tarry.