What we believe about the Bible...
We believe that the Scriptures both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings and are the final and sufficient rule of faith and practice. The Bible is the product of Spirit-controlled man, and therefore, is the truth without error. God’s Word is the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Isaiah 8:20.
What we believe about God...
We believe that there is only one living and true God, and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions, - The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, - one in substance and equal in every divine perfection. Exodus 20:2,3, I Corinthians 8:6, I John 5:7.
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. John 1:1,2; I John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of God from the moment one turns from sin and turn toward Jesus Christ. II Cor. 13:14; John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14-27.
What we believe about the devil...
We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all the powers of the darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.
What we believe about the beginning...
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its own kind,” according to the Genesis account of creation, and that this was by the direct act of God, and not by the process of evolution. Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3.
What we believe about sin...
We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in the image of God in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin continues to practice sin by choice and so are without excuse before God. Genesis 3; Romans 5:10-19; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:20, 21.
What we believe about salvation...
We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement completed by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon him a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death, and resurrection made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man, that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who repent and believe the gospel. John 1:1-3,14; 3:1-7; Acts 16:30-33.
We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and that this salvation is wholly by grace, and not of works. Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-13.
We believe that all who repent (changing your mind about God and sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone are born from above, have forgiveness of their sins, and are eternally secure in Christ. You must realize that Jesus is your only hope of going to Heaven and place your faith completely in Him. The assurance of salvation is based solely upon the Word of God. II Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:35-39; I Corinthians 3:13-15.
What we believe about the resurrection...
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present ministry there as our High Priest and advocate, whence He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell the believer. John 20; Acts 1:3-9; I Corinthians 15:3-20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 7:38-39; 14:16,17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19.
What we believe about the church...
We believe in the unity of all true believers in what is called the Body of Christ, (also called The Bride) and that all believers, both Jew and Gentile, are added to this body by the receiving of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
We believe that the Body of Christ is manifest through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word; that its officers are bishops or pastors and deacons; that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2; 7:17; 11:16; 12:12, 13; I Timothy 3:1-15.
We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water and is properly called “Believer’s Baptism”. It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effects in our lives of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church relation. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him, should be preceded by baptism and always by careful self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32; Acts 2; Ephesians 1:21.
What we believe about the future...
We believe in the bodily, personal, pre-millennial and pre-tribulation return of Jesus Christ; that He will come before the seven-year tribulation period to catch away His Bride, coming only into the air, and that He will come with His Bride at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-21.
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who have died will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Bride and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom. John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15.
What we believe about the government...
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of God and the Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Romans 13:1-17; II Samuel 23:3; Acts 23:5; 5:20; 4:19,20; Daniel 3:17, 18.
Pastor David Neal, Laura, Caleb, Rebecca, and Ruth
God allowed me the privilege of growing up in a Christian family. Since my dad was a pastor, I was constantly exposed to the Word of God. God saved me at an early age when I realized that I was a sinner, repented of my sin, and in faith called out to God to forgive my sins and make me His child. I was baptized shortly after that to identify myself as a Christian.
I attended Bob Jones University, was called to preach there, and graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Practical Christian Training. I married my best friend, Laura, in 1998. In 1999 I became the Assistant / Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church. In June of 2008, I followed God’s leading to pastor Faith Baptist Church of Harvard, IL. Then in March of 2017, I accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church of Fort Atkinson. In 2021, I graduated with my M.A. in Church Ministry. Since 2014, I have enjoyed serving as a Marketplace Chaplain. God has given us three children, Caleb, Rebecca, and Ruth. I enjoy spending time with my family!
The gospel is the most important information a church can teach. The gospel is the good news about how we can relate to God through Jesus Christ. It answers the deepest questions about human beings: why we are here and what God requires of us. The gospel is laid out in the following resources below to help you understand this message of the Bible, the good news of salvation! If after reviewing these resources you have questions, we would love to meet to talk with you personally.
Please call (920) 563-5222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your service like? Who preaches? Is it long?
During our worship services, we sing songs that teach us about God and the Christian life. The primary focus of our services is a carefully prepared message by our pastor, David Neal. Our pastor's preaching is rooted in the Bible, God's Word. Messages are intended to encourage Christians in their walk with God by emphasizing the power of God for victorious, Christian living. We don't want our worship services to feel rushed, but we do understand that people have other obligations. Our services usually last about an hour.
What should I wear?
At First Baptist Church, we are most concerned, as God is, about the condition of the inner person. External appearance is not our primary concern. Here, we seek to maintain an atmosphere that helps us to focus on Jesus Christ. As a guest, you will probably be most comfortable dressed in what may be called “business casual". However, don't worry about what you wear. We won't. We'll just be glad you came to join us.
Will I be asked to do anything?
Please be at ease! We will not ask you to participate in any of our service functions with which you are uncomfortable. You will not be asked to pray aloud, sing, etc. An offering box is located at the back of the church for participation as the Lord leads you to give. Our only desire is that you are as comfortable as possible as our guest and free to observe first-hand what lies at the heart of our faith in Jesus Christ.
What about my children and teens?
We have various ministries for your entire family. For each service we have a nursery for ages 0-3 staffed with caring workers. In our 10:30 A.M. service, we have a children's church for elementary aged children during the sermon time so they can learn about God on their level. During our 6:00 P.M. service we have various adult Bible fellowships as well as our children's Sunday School classes. On Wednesday nights at 7:00 P.M. the adults meet for Bible study & prayer while children and teens have Kingdom Kids (K5-5th grade) and Fort Teen Club (6th -12th grade).
10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship and Children's Church
6:00 PM - Sunday Evening Adult Bible Fellowships & Youth Sunday School
7:00 PM - Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer / Youth Programs
10:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship
6:00 PM Men's & Women's Bible Fellowship
The "Monthly Men's Bible Study" will resume again in January, 2024.
Our women meet twice a month on Tuesdays (September - May) from 1:30 - 2:30 PM for fellowship and Bible study. Come and join us! We're currently studying "Lord, Change My Attitude".
In "Lord, Change My Attitude", the author shows us just how much our attitudes affect our lives.
Drawing from the experience of the Israelites who grumbled through the wilderness, this book shows how bad attitudes rob us of joy. Coveting, complaining, and being critical are not what our hearts were made for. They were made for thankfulness, contentment, and love. Is your heart straining under the weight of a bad attitude?
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