At Calvary Baptist Church, we are committed to serving our powerful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through a personal relationship with him. We seek to glorify God as we share the good news of his amazing grace and love with our neighbors and friends as we go about our daily lives throughout Northwest Wisconsin. We invite you to explore the following topics to learn more about who we are, what we believe and why we do what we do.
HISTORY OF OUR CHURCH
On August 17, 1980, at 2:30 in the afternoon, over 50 individuals signed the charter of Calvary Baptist Church of Barron, an autonomous, independent, separatistic, Baptist church. Our first pastor was H. Bert Lessard, and the congregation was made up of a good assortment of senior citizens, young families, and children.
The church was established as a fundamental and separatist church. This means that the church would not participate with churches that did not share our fundamentalist beliefs such as the Bible’s inspiration, Christ’s deity, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection and second coming. It is our belief that separation from unbelief is commanded by Christ and was practiced in the early church. It is the only way to ensure the preservation of the faith to be handed down to the next generation free from contamination from the world.
Pastor John Terpstra was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and is a resident of the city of Barron, WI.
Pastor Terpstra gladly offers his service to all who are in need of prayer, comfort, or spiritual counsel.
He particularly desires to meet and help those who have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and those of the community who have no local church home.
He extends to you a double invitation to attend this church – from the entire church membership, and from his own heart as well.
Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried.
II Timothy 3:16-17
II Peter 1:19-21
Of the True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
1 Corinthians 8:6
Of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
Rom. 8:14, 16
Of the Devil, or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
II Cor. 4:4
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.
Genesis, chapters 1 and 2
Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6, 24
Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
Of the Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of god, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.
I Jn. 4:10
I Cor. 15:3
II Cor. 5:21
Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension; solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
II Cor. 5:17
I John 5:1
II Peter 1:4
II Cor. 5:19
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in His is justification;
- That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
- That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness in imputed to us.
Of Faith and Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
Of the Local Church
We believe that a local church 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; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties, are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
I Cor. 11:21
I Tim. 3:1-7
Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
I Cor. 11:23-28
Of the Security of the Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
Jude 1 (R.V.)
Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
I John 5:19
Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth.
II Sam. 23:3
Of the Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Pretribulational, Premillennial Return of Christ
- The Bodily Resurrection
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6
- The Ascension
Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2
- The High Priesthood
Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 5:9-10
- The Second Coming
John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16; James 4:8; Heb. 9:28
- The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead
I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Cor. 15:52
- The Change of the Living in Christ
I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20-21
- The Throne of David
Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30
- The Millennial Reign
I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Ps. 72:8; Rev. 20:14; Rev. 20:6