20150329FBCAM [Anniversary Sunday]
Today is Anniversary Sunday. Eighty-four years ago, in the Spring of 1931, three men: an evangelist and a missionary from Miles City, with a musician from Sweden, came to Baker and led a two-week evangelistic service.
The messages warmed the hearts of several individuals, and with the help of a pastor from Miles City, they formally established the First Baptist Church of Baker in March of 1931.
The very first Anniversary Sunday happened the next year, making this day an eighty-four year tradition of the church.
Originally, the church met in Graingers Hall (located a couple buildings to the North of Wells Fargo) on the top floor. One of the first members remembered that she was baptized in a horse trough that someone hauled into Graingers Hall.
By the end of 1934 the church had a basement built (with a dirt mound on top of it) that would serve as it’s home until the top half could be built following World War II. When the ﬁrst pastor left in 1938, the church had grown from 17 to 200 members and were meeting in the original basement.
Why was church so important to them? Sure, the evangelistic meetings had lifted them closer to the Lord, but why not just go home and pray and study there?
In Hebrews 10:23-25 we find the answer to the question: why should we keep meeting together? In these verses, we’ll see our mission, our method, and our motivation.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23–25) Continue reading