First Baptist Church of Stryker has a distinguished heritage of more than 145 years in this community! We are proud of our past, but we do not live in it. We believe that an effective church is one that helps people connect the Bible to their needs in the present while looking to the future for the return of Jesus Christ in His glory.
First and foremost, we are committed to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, of Whom the scriptures foretold as the Chief Cornerstone and Foundation of the church. (Ps. 118:22; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:6)
Second, we are committed to hold fast the living, infallible Word of God as the rule and guide of our faith. (Ps. 119:105; 1 Cor. 15:2; Heb. 4:12)
Third, we are committed to be Christ’s Church, His visible presence on earth to manifest God’s glory and to stand as the pillar and ground of the Truth. (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:10, 5:27; 1 Tim. 3:15)
Finally, we are committed to the historic Baptist distinctives which distinguish us from other Christian fellowships. These points of doctrine are often remembered by the acronym, BAPTISTS:
B – Biblical Authority (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
A – Autonomy of the Local Church (Col. 1:18; 2 Cor. 8:1-5, 19, 23)
P – Priesthood of the Believer (1 Pet. 2:5, 9; Rev. 5:9-10)
T – Two Ordinances: Baptism & Communion (Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)
I – Individual Soul Liberty (Rom. 14:5; 2 Cor. 4:2; Titus 1:9)
S – Saved, Baptized membership (Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 12:12; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 4:3)
T – Two Offices: Pastor & Deacon (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Acts 20:17-38; Phil. 1:1)
S – Separation of Church and State (Matt. 22:15-22; Acts 15:17-29)
We recognize that other groups may affirm many of these same principles, however Baptists are the only group who have historically held to all of these as a unified system of belief and practice. We also recognize that these are matters of conviction and, while important, we make no claim that these distinctives are the only valid expression of Christian dogma nor that adherence to them affects eternal salvation. In other words, we do not believe that we have a corner on the truth or that only Baptists are on their way to heaven—but we are committed to these truths which we believe to be an accurate expression of what the Bible teaches.