Faith Baptist Church Adams

Faith Baptist Church is located at 150 W Goggin St, Adams, WI 53910. Our Sunday school starts at 9 am with classes for all ages. Our main service is at 10 am.

As a church our whole focus is to bring glory to God in all that we do. through communicating His word, the Bible, in a clear and accurate way. And to unite believers in fellowship for the worship of the only living and true God, we enjoy a mix of traditional hymns, modern hymns, and contemporary songs. We are a growing church with a desire to be faithful to God’s word.

We are an independent Baptist church, associated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC). The church was founded in 1998, and has faithfully spread the message of hope and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ. We as a “Baptist” church mean that we identify as body of believers who hold those distinctives. These Baptist distinctives relate to questions of vital interest today.

As a Baptist Church that is a member of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, we join more than 1,300 churches to proclaim God’s Truth.

Eight Baptist Distenctives

What are the eight Baptist distinctives?

These teachings may be remembered by associating them with the letters that form the word “BAPTISTS.”

The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith, which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture, do not carry Scripture’s inherent authority. (2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church’s beliefs or practices. Autonomy does not mean isolation. A Baptist church may fellowship with other churches around mutual interests and in an associational tie, but a Baptist church cannot be a “member” of any other body. (Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5, 19, 23)

“Priest” is defined as “one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God.” Every believer today is a priest of God and may enter into His presence in prayer directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No other mediator is needed between God and people. As priests, we can study God’s Word, pray for others, and offer spiritual worship to God. We all have equal access to God—whether we are a preacher or not. (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 5:9, 10)

The local church should practice two ordinances: (1) baptism of believers by immersion in water, identifying the individual with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and (2) the Lord’s Supper, or communion, commemorating His death for our sins. (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–32)

Every individual, whether a believer or an unbeliever, has the liberty to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm. No one should be forced to assent to any belief against his will. Baptists have always opposed religious persecution. However, this liberty does not exempt one from responsibility to the Word of God or from accountability to God Himself. (Romans 14:5, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9)

Local church membership is restricted to individuals who give a believable testimony of personal faith in Christ and have publicly identified themselves with Him in believer’s baptism. When the members of a local church are believers, a oneness in Christ exists, and the members can endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Acts 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3)

The Bible mandates only two offices in the church–pastor and deacon. The three terms—“pastor,” “elder,” and “bishop,” or “overseer”—all refer to the same office. The two offices of pastor and deacon exist within the local church, not as a hierarchy outside or over the local church. (1 Timothy 3:1–13; Acts 20:17–38; Philippians 1:1)

God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation. The government’s purposes are outlined in Romans 13:1–7 and the church’s purposes in Matthew 28:19 and 20. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. Christians in a free society can properly influence governments toward righteousness, which is not the same as a denomination or group of churches controlling the government. (Matthew 22:15–22; Acts 5:17–29)

Our Beliefs

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New
Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled
men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human
conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19–21

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite 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 Spirit, equal in every divine
perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same
nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one
until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to
the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues,
guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. We believe that the sign/revelatory gifts of the Holy
Spirit have fulfilled their purpose and are not applicable to the work of the Holy Spirit today.
John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1–3; John 16:8–11; Acts 5:30–32;
John 3:5, 6; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49;Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians
12:8–10, 28–30; 13:8–10; 14:1–40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:2–4

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by God as an angel but
through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the
ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 4:1–11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and humanity; that this account is
neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any
evolutionary process; that Adam and Eve were created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing
forms of life; and that all people are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human
Genesis 1; 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3
In light of God’s creative design, we believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is the joining of one man and one
woman and that sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the bonds of a Biblically defined marriage. Any
other form of marriage or sexual intimacy is immoral and a perversion of God’s gracious will.
Genesis 2:18, 24, 25; Matthew 19:4–6; Romans 1:24–29; 7:2; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 7:1–5; Ephesians 5:22–33;
Hebrews 13:4

We believe that mankind was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker,
but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all human beings sinned in him, in
consequence of which all human beings are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners
by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1–6; Romans 1:18, 32; 3:10–19; 5:12, 19

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other
person was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14

We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet
without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by
the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin;
that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution
of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on
the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the
tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an
all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and
purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith.
Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8;
Hebrews 2:14–17; Isaiah 53:4–7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right
hand of the Father as our high priest interceding for us.
Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2–6, 51; Acts 1:9–11; Revelation
3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9, 10

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ
Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is
made a partaker of the divine nature andreceives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought
about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in
connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence
appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.
John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20–33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Colossians 2:13;
John 3:8

We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of
the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness which
we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood.
Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold
manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of
holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the
Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return.
Hebrews 10:10–14; 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25–27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,
4; 5:23, 24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Revelation 22:11

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35–39; Jude 1

We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith
and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts,
rights, and privilege invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, godly men whose
qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is
the faithful witnessing of Christ to all people as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the
absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and
that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to
cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church
is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, of polity, of
government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
1 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 20:17–28; 1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9; Acts 2:41, 42
We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and
beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and
rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is
prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and should be preceded
always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3–5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23–28; Matthew
28:18–20; Acts 2:41, 42

We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and
ecclesiastical apostasy.
2 Corinthians 6:14—7:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10; 1 Timothy 6:3–5; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9–11

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that
magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed except in those things opposed to the will
of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of Kings.
Romans 13:1–7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19, 20; Daniel 3:17, 18

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because
of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land and, after the
completion of the church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.
Genesis 13:14–17; Romans 11:1–32; Ezekiel 37

We believe in the pretribulational rapture of the church, an event that can occur at any moment, and that at that
moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies
without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 1 Corinthians 15:42–44, 51–54; Philippians 3:20, 21; Revelation 3:10
We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the rapture of the church, will be culminated by the premillennial
return of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish His Kingdom upon this
Daniel 9:25–27; Matthew 24:29–31; Luke 1:30–33; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:1–9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1–4, 6

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those
who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His
esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this
distinction holds among all people both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the Lake of Fire.
Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17, 18; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25;
Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20:14, 15.