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Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the infallible, authoritative, inspired Word of God, and the only standard for Christian living.

We believe that there is only one God, the Holy Trinity, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His bride, the Church.

We believe that all men are born in sin and that the only way of salvation is by personal, believing faith in Christ Jesus, the Savior, with the regeneration of the Holy Spirit through whom God makes us eternally secure.

We believe in the personal ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is able to live life abundantly.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and the lost unto resurrection of eternal death.

We believe that the ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe in the spiritual body of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that the local congregation is composed of those united for worship, instruction, fellowship, and evangelism.


Our History

Atwater Baptist Church was founded in 1950 by a small group from Merced First Baptist Church. We began as small groups meeting in homes. A Missionary Society,
Guild Girls, and Baptist Youth Fellowships were formed and the first pastor was called in 1952. Church property was purchased in 1953 and the current facilities were occupied in June of 1954. Our church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of America.

Our vision is to see the Lord adding to our number daily such as are being saved (Acts 2:47)

Our mission is encapsulated in the words of our owner, Jesus Christ: simply, “GO! Make disciples!” (Matthew 28:19)

Our strategy is to serve our community in every way we can (Matthew 25:31-46).

We believe “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Our goal in life is to emulate the person, work, and teachings of Jesus Christ (John 17:20-26).

We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).

And, we conduct all of our ministry activities under the principle of consensus (I Corinthians 12:12-26).

Questions or concerns:
Call us at (209) 358-5427


Whatever your age or position in life, you’ll find a place in our family!

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