Storden Baptist Church was established on July 12, 1879 (under another name), having a strong Scandinavian influx of people. Various homes and buildings were used for assembling together through the years. The present building was dedicated on July 21, 1963 and is located at 4011 United States Avenue(County Road 5). In 1998 an addition was built enlarging the foyer and adding new offices, restrooms and a beautiful upper room.
Through the years of the past right up to the present day, the church has had a vibrant ministry in the community. The church has a heritage of strong Biblical teaching and has been blessed with a succession of excellent preaching pastors. Some of the fruit of their labor has been seen in the lives of young people who grew up in the church and now serve the Lord elsewhere.
The church also has a strong interest in music. Our goal in worship is to move people to know the heart of God and to celebrate our great God.
The church has a vibrant interest in missions and that is reflected in the financial support and personal involvement of more than 15 missionaries. We realize that our first responsibility is to reach our local community for Christ but that we are to be involved in spreading the Gospel of Christ to all nations.
“Now to him who is able todo immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians3:20-21 NIV)
STATEMENT OF FAITH
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of humankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 44:6-8; John 4:24; James 1:17-18)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and came to earth in human form. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for his people, and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 53:4-5; John 1:14; 5:22-23; Colossians 1:15-20)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit when they are born again and He is our indwelling helper, teacher, and guide. (John 3:5-6; 14:26; 16:13-14; Romans 8:26; I Corinthians 12:4-7; II Thessalonians 2:13)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Jude 20-21)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe a person is saved by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ. (John 1:12; 3:16; 20:31; II Corinthians 5:20-21; Ephesians 1:3-7; Titus 3:5-6; I Peter 3:18; I John 5:11-13)
We believe in the universal church – a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church – consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, service, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; I Peter 2:9-10)
We believe that Christ instituted two specific ordinances that are outward symbols of an inward spiritual truth or experience, which all believers are to carry out in obedience to Him. These two ordinances are believer’s baptism and Communion (or the Lord’s Supper). Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. Water baptism does not save or cleanse from sin, but it is a response to Christ’s command.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and is open to all believers who have made a profession of faith.
(Acts 2:38-47; 8:12-13; I Corinthians 11:23-30)
We believe God ordained the family as the foundational institution for the physical, spiritual, and emotional growth of individuals, the church and the society. We believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. We believe God commands a husband to be the servant leader of the family, loving his wife as Christ loves the church; that a wife is to be her husband’s helper providing him love, respect, and support; that both husbands and wives submit to one another under the headship of Christ, treating each other as equals before God and sacrificing self for the well-being and spiritual nurturing of the family; that children are commanded to obey and honor their parents. (Romans 1:21-28; Ephesians 5:21 – 6:4; I Peter 3:1-7)
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked in hell. (Matthew 24:31-46; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)