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Is your church over 150 years old?

Discussion in 'Baptist History' started by Salty, Nov 7, 2022.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club

    Apr 8, 2003
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    If so, give us a little bit of its history
  2. Alan Gross

    Alan Gross Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2018
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    from: Alan Gross

    My current church home, Bryan Station Baptist Church, was founded in 1786 and still believes the same as it has through 40-something Presidents (Kentucky was not yet a state and John Handcock was President).

    "Bryan Station Baptist Church is a local, visible,
    called-out assembly of scripturally baptized believers,
    covenanted together according to the Biblical pattern
    of a “one member, one vote,” spirit-led democracy;

    whose purpose is the carrying out
    of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20.

    The Bible teaches that only such a church as this is authorized and constructed to be able to do so.

    Our authority came, according to the Biblical doctrine of “church succession,” through particular New England “separate” Baptists who had sought out existing Baptist churches for this arm of authority.

    Such were Elders Shubeal Sterns
    and Daniel Marshall who, once they were saved,
    sought out Baptist Baptism;

    Shubeal Sterns at the Baptist Church at Toland,
    Connecticut on May 20, 1751;

    and Daniel Marshall from Winsor, Connecticut, saved and burdened to preach, came to Winchester, Virginia where he became convinced of the soundness of Baptist doctrine and was immersed at the age of forty-eight.

    After a few years each under sound ministry, and after becoming licensed to preach by their respective churches, they were found laboring in Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia. They remained in Virginia only a short while “but the power of God was effectual in the conversion of Samuel Harris, a man of great distinction…” who at length became greatly used of the Lord.

    “Sometime in 1766… Elijah Craig and two others came to this same Mr. Harris’s home in order to procure his services in Orange County, Va. and adjacent parts; to preach and baptize and organize new converts.

    They found to their surprise that he himself at that time had not yet been ordained; but being more perfectly instructed in the way of the Lord he carried them about 60 miles into North Carolina to get James Read (who was ordained)

    (Robert B. Semple, “A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia.”) and (John T. Christian, “A History of the Baptists,” pg. 215, vol. 2),

    even as Jesus traveled at least as far to receive baptism at the hands of a Baptists preacher (Mark 1:9-14).

    From this beginning churches were established and ordination by them was begun (John T. Christian, pg. 216, vol.2),

    and a church was soon found at Spotsylvania, Va.
    – the Spotsylvania Baptist Church, pastored by Elder Lewis Craig.

    And it is from this church,
    when it became the famous “Traveling Church” in September of 1781,

    when Lewis Craig led the whole church
    over the Cumberland Gap to settle in the blue grass region
    of Central Kentucky,

    that the authority for our Bryan Station Baptist Church came,
    organized in 1786.

    We believe we are to take our history seriously.

    It is a glorious history. May the Lord grant we live up to it.

    We are Missionary and have started several works throughout the states, including my first home church, and around the World.

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  3. JonC

    JonC Moderator

    Aug 28, 2001
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    Our church was established Jan 7 1876.

    That's about all I know.
  4. Reynolds

    Reynolds Well-Known Member
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    Jun 15, 2014
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    Church I grew up in was founded in the 1750s.
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  5. Reformed1689

    Reformed1689 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2019
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    Yes, our church was founded in 1839 and has gone from a meeting house, to a Methodist church, to a United Methodist Church, to a Non-Denominational but Baptist in theology and practice church.
  6. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    My first senior pastorate (1972-78) was at the Wild Rose Baptist Church in the village of Wild Rose, Wisconsin, It was started in 1872 as a Welsh-speaking Baptist congregation on a farm crossroad 4 miles outside town, eventually drug on skids by horse in winter to town. Area was settled by Welsh from Rose Township, New York. Lots of Jones, Williams, and Davies in the area!

    We celebrated the 100th anniversary. Few months ago, I was there for the 150th anniversary. New building (land I led the church to purchase but they did not build until 10 years ago!) and strong history. Part of Northern Baptist Convention, then withdrew over modernism rampant in the group to form a state Conservative Baptist Association. Long since went "independent" of a national group and state fellowship is now also independent Baptist.

    Pre-war (World War ONE) they were the first church in Wisconsin to hold and publicize DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School), One of my deacons attended - all day Bible lessons, activities, crafts (boys built complete birdhouses; girls did "samplers" with verses and poems), lunch for two weeks after the planting. He showed me a tract about this "new idea" for discipling chlldren in the summer.
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