First Baptist Church of Atwater
1683 Fifth Street
Sunday Service: 9:30 | Sunday Discipleship 11:00 | Sunday Evening 6:00 | Wednesday Discipleship 6:00
I want to personally invite you to our next service on Sunday at 9:30. No matter who you are or where you have been, we would like to say you are welcome and there are answers for you in Jesus Christ. Our church is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus as the most valuable thing in their lives, and grow in relationship with Him. We believe God is at work all around us and we want to be actively joining Him in His work to make an impact on the Community of Atwater, our country and world. May Jesus Christ be glorified as we worship through song and proclamation of His word!
If you have questions, please email, call the church office at (209) 358-3545 between 8:30 and 2:30 T-F or if you would like to schedule time with me, please use Calendly to find a time when I am available and works best for you.
Henry & Nancy
Nancy and I along with our kids have been honored to be involved in many areas of service ever since God welcomed us into this amazing church family. If you are interested in discipleship, you can get connected on Sunday at 11:00 following the church service and Wednesday from 6-7:30.
Kyle & Christie
Christie grew up at this church and after a 10 year hiatus and many struggles, Christie and I made our way back to Christ and ended up here at FBC Atwater where I have found a place to learn and grow in my faith and knowledge of Jesus. I want to invite you to join the Men's Group where we are passionate about helping others and learning and growing in Christ as we also learn and grow in brotherhood and discipleship. We meet every other Thursday at 6:00 PM.
tad & nichole
Five years ago, we said we would never step foot inside a church and here we are now involved and joyfully serving in many areas of the church like leading the youth group. We would love to meet you and share our story!
Nursery, Children K-6 and Youth
Do you have a baby, toddler or preschooler? Care is provided during the Sunday morning Service as well as Sunday Discipleship and Wednesday Discipleship. You can take comfort knowing that your children are being cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.
Children K-6 attend service with parents and then are dismissed to Children's Church. The Truth Seekers meet on Wednesday night from 6-7:30. The kids have fun while learning about how much Jesus loves and cares for them.
The Ambassadors Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30 upstairs in the youth room. We would love to have you join us on the journey and learn more about what it means to be an Ambassador for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God. All that is affirmed and taught in the Bible is called Scripture and it stands as the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Psalm 19:7-10, Psalm 119)
There is only one living and true God. He is the beginning of all things, a creative, intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. God is all powerful, all knowing, everywhere, and outside of time. As his creation we owe him complete love, reverence, loyalty, and obedience. God while being only one reveals himself and is manifested in a triune nature. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, all distinct personal attributes but without division in any way of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1-2, Psalm 19:1-3, 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, Mark 1:9-11)
Men and Women are the special and unique creation of God. We are made in his image and are the crowing work of His creation. The decision of sin against God brought the reality and death of sin into the human race and the world for all. The greatest consequence of sin is that it separates us from God, we do not cease to be God’s crowning work and God does not cease loving us as his creation, but our sin separates and breaks our relationship with Him. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship once again. Thus, the most important need of humanity is to be forgiven by a Holy God, restore right relationship with Him, and walk in obedience to Him. (Romans 1:19-32, Genesis 1-3, 1 Corinthians 1:21-31, Ephesians 2:1-22)
Jesus is both Savior and Lord. Jesus Christ is the only one by which any man or woman can be saved. He is the Messiah and mediator of God who although He is God did not hold on to his equality with God but gave it up to become a man and live the perfect sinless life no other man is capable of living. Thus Jesus Christ is the only one who can fully know what it means to be man and fully knows what it means to be God and he mediates between the two. He paid the price necessary for sin (death) and then offers all who believe in Him his very life which is full and eternal. This means salvation is offered and available to all who would believe in Jesus as Savior and that God raised Him from the dead as Lord of all. (John 1:1-9, Philippians 2:5-11, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Matthew 1-4, Isaiah 7:14)
Salvation happens when a sinner turns away from his or her sin, asks God to forgive, and trusts their life completely at the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. Salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification within the heart of the believer. Salvation is based on faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. (Romans 3:23-25, 5:8-10, 6:1-23, 8:1-39, 10:9-13, 13:11-14, Galatians 5)
Regeneration - is the work of God’s grace whereby believers become new after the likeness of Christ. It is a complete change of the heart described in Ezekiel 11:18-20.
Justification - is God’s gracious and full acquittal of all sinners who repent and believe in Jesus Christ based upon principles of God’s righteousness.
Sanctification - is the work of the Holy Spirit causing the experience, beginning with regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, continuing to realize spiritual maturity defined by the life and actions of Jesus Christ.
Glorification - The finality of salvation, it is a result of God coming back again and establishing a new heaven and a new earth or our soul going to be with Him through death. All evil is vanquished and the believer is in a final state of blessing and abiding with God for all eternity.
The Christian Church is a prophetic community of faith in Jesus Christ. It is prophetic in that it is designed and given authority to transform the culture through the power of the Gospel. It is a community of faith in Jesus Christ in that it is a gathering of likeminded believers who all answer the question Jesus asked Peter in Matthew 16:15 (Who do you say that I am?) in the same way Peter answered in Matthew 16:16 (You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.) The Church operates under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Word of God. The Church exists in the local community and congregation all the way to the worldwide Church of all believers and disciples of Jesus. (Acts 2, 5, 6:3-6)
The Biblical definition of a disciple of Jesus is one who is…
1. A follower of Jesus Christ, believer in the Gospel and possesses an open willingness to its total impact in their lives
2. Is committed to allowing God to do the work of training in their lives through discipleship instruction in the local church
3. Is active in one form or another and concerned about the work God is doing through outreach and missions.
When one of these three distinct things is missing from the life of a disciple, the disciple suffers and it is the job of the church to encourage, instruct, and provide opportunities for service for each disciple to continue to grow in all three of these. (Matthew 4:19)
The first context of practice for the disciple is within his or her family. The family is an institution intentionally designed by God for the purpose of creating godly offspring.(Malachi 2:15) God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society, it is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is held as sacred as designed by God. The gift of marriage has been given for the purpose of procreation of the human race, the enjoyment of intimate companionship, and the only channel of sexual expression keeping to Biblical standards.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern from marriage and live out in front of them the standards and teaching of God’s Holy Word. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:15-25, 3:1-20, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 127:3, Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4, Titus 2:3-5)