Thanks for joining us on our website. Missouri Free Will Baptists are a great group of people. We have a desire to serve the Lord and help spread the word of His great love for all mankind. We believe in the truth of God's Word and seek to live our lives based on His principles.
As you browse our site, you will see all the activities in which we are involved. It's our belief that being a Christian means that God effects every area of your daily walk. To that end we try to let our lives influence those around us. We want to see everyone find peace with themselves and peace with God. That is only possible by establishing a personal relationship with our creator, Jesus Christ. He has provided the only sacrifice for sin by paying the price Himself for our shortcomings. He is anxious to forgive and forget what we have done, help us live productive lives and prepare us for an eternity in heaven with Him when our lives have run their course here.
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We are the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists, comprised of 152 churches in 19 local Associations. We are members of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Our offices are located at 202 West Commercial in Lebanon, MO.
Free Will Baptist roots can be traced to England as early as 1611. The first Free Will Baptist church in America was begun by Paul Palmer in 1727 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Some years later, in 1780, under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, Free Will Baptists were established in the northeast at New Durham, New Hampshire.
From these early beginnings, Free Will Baptists in America have had a continuing ministry. Today, the National Association of Free Will Baptists is active in 42 states, over 20 foreign countries, and a number of the islands of the sea.
The work of the National Association of Free Will Baptists is promoted from the National Offices located in Nashville, Tennessee.
What Free Will Baptists Believe
• God--We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God.
• Jesus Christ--He is God's unique Son; the only, one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One once crucified for man's sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
• Holy Spirit--All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
• The Bible--God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things: they also speak to us about wrong doing; they correct us and instruct us in right living.
Since 1942 the work among Free Will Baptist churches in Missouri has been supported by the Cooperative Plan. A voluntary plan developed by farsighted leaders in our early movement, Coop encourages participating churches to contribute 10% of their general fund receipts to a common fund. This is in turn distributed to all our State and National ministries according to a formula approved annually by the Missouri State Association.
The first year of its existence saw a little over $200 raised. We have now reached the three quarters of a million dollar level. We thank God for the faithfulness of Missouri Free Will Baptist Churches to give the tithe of the tithe. (Numbers 18:26)
Ministries supported by Missouri Coop are:
Missouri Missions and Show-Me Plan International Missions
The Executive Office and Gem Magazine National Home Missions
Camp Niangua Welch College
The Youth Board Master's Men
The Senior Adult Board Board of Retirement
The Christian Education Board The Free Will Baptist Foundation
The State General Fund The Media Commission
Missouri Retirement Program The Theological Commission
Hillsdale FWB Bible College The Historical Commission