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The Birth of First Baptist Church of Wyoming

First Baptist Church of Wyoming was founded in 1810 with seventeen members, thus becoming one of the earliest churches in the county.

In the frontier community where neighbors were miles apart, there were at first no religious societies. The settlers had to face the stern realities of life without the benefit of spiritual comfort.

It was to these isolated families that traveling missionaries came holding family services with a family or two at a time. It was the coming of one such missionary that resulted in the organization of the First Baptist Church of Middlebury, (now changed to Wyoming).

Though the early churches were stern and uncompromising in their doctrines, they were the center of the social life of the community, and exerted a tremendous influence upon the citizens. Because there was little money with which to build a church building, services were held in various homes.

History of First Baptist Church of Wyoming NY, (585) 495-6503Because of limited membership during the first few years, they did not attempt to build a church. However, in 1817, in cooperation with other members of the town, especially members of the West Middlebury Baptist Church, they organized a school board and erected the Middlebury Academy. The building they built was of brick, capable of containing 200 students. (The students were boarded in homes in the village.)

It is interesting to consider why in a frontier area, they had attempted such a program, but I think that we can understand their motives. Western New York was an expanding area, and they knew that if their children were to be capable of meeting the developing economic and cultural growth of the area, they must be better educated.

Not only was a secular education necessary to meet the economic growth of the area, but if the gospel was to be furthered in this growing region, there must also be individuals who would go out as gospel messengers and they too must have a medium of education. While the Academy was not a religious school primarily, the Bible was read and prayers offered every day. They were the fundamental underpinning of the school.

From 1818 when the Academy was built, until 1830 the date of the construction of their church building, the Baptists held their services on Sunday in the Academy. They held their services in the morning and the Presbyterians in the afternoon.

For many years, the Principal of the Academy was the minister of the Wyoming Baptist Church. At the time of the so called Morgan affair, when the order of the Masons caused the disappearance of Mr. Morgan, the church at Wyoming pronounced the edict that a Mason could not be a member of the church. The minister at that time, would not relinquish his membership in the Masonic order and left the church.

A study has shown that six college presidents graduated from the Academy, at least two U.S. Senators are counted among its students as well as innumerable teachers, ministers, doctors, writers, etc. The story of the Academy cannot be told apart from the story of the Wyoming Baptist Church.

At the time of the organization of the church, there was an area church fellowship which eventually enlarged into the Northern Baptist Convention. The Wyoming church withdrew from it several years ago. While it has membership in the Empire State Fellowship, in the larger dimension it is an independent church. Had we not withdrew from the Northern Baptist Convention, who knows where we would be today?!

It must be added that the original church burned in 1875 and by 1879 the present building was erected.

Deuteronomy 32:3, First Baptist Church of Wyoming NY, (585) 495-6503In 1988 an addition was made to the building which provided more class rooms, a kitchen, bigger nursery, bathrooms and a full sized gymnasium.

In 2000 another addition was added for more classrooms, youth room, storage, office and two pastoral study's.

In 2011 a large outdoor pavilion was constructed out back of the church in our recreation area.

The same earnest desire to reach out to the people of the community that motivated the establishment of the Academy, has been the strong zeal of the church for its 200 plus years of service in the name of the Lord!

The Doctrinal Statement, First Baptist Church of Wyoming NY, (585) 495-6503
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Section 1
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspired Word of God, and that it is His direct reve­lation to man.  It was written by holy men of God as they were guided by the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is the final and com­plete authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Proverbs 30:5; Mat­thew 24:35; II Timothy 3:l6, l7; II Peter 1:21; Hebrews 1:1, 2.

Section 2
We believe in God the Father who is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measure­less in power.  It is God the Father who saves all those who call upon His name, through Je­sus Christ.  He makes His will known to us through His divine revelation.
Exodus 20:2, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 2; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corin­thians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1, 3.

Section 3
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and as the Scriptures declare, "That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself."  Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, offering the only sacrifice acceptable to God for the sin of man.  Christ hung and died in our place, He was buried, and on the third day, literally and bodily rose from the dead as proof of our jus­tification.  We believe that He shall return soon for His church, the body of believers.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21; John 1:1-3; Philippians 2:2-6.

Section 4
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, possessing all of the divine attributes possessed by the Father and the Son.  We believe that He is co-equal in every way with the Father and the Son, that at salvation it is the Spirit who convicts of "sin, and of righteousness, and of judg­ment," and that upon acceptance of Christ as Savior, He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, indwells, baptizes, helps, and sanctifies the believer.
John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14. 

We further believe in a continual need for the filling of the Spirit, Ephe­sians 5:18.

Section 5
We accept the Genesis account of creation, totally as an act of the tri­une God,
Genesis 1, 2;  John 1:1-3.

Section 6
We believe in the total depravity of man, that there is no goodness within him, that every man is born in sin and by nature is a child of wrath, that every man sinned in Adam, and in so doing, became a sinner by birth through Adam.  We further believe that man is also a sinner by choice and can only merit the grace of God through Jesus Christ in sal­vation.  God is obligated to save no one, but does so because of His love and grace revealed in Jesus Christ.
Psalms 51:5; Romans 3:11, 23; 5:1;  I Corinthians 15:22; Ephe­sians 2:1-9.

Section 7
We believe that salvation is wholly an act of grace through faith in the merits of Je­sus Christ, who, being perfect God, became perfect man, who offered Himself and shed His blood as our sacrifice for sin.  We further believe that those who have ac­cepted our risen Lord as their Savior are justified, redeemed, freed from the curse of sin, and have ev­erlast­ing life.
John 3:16, 36; Acts 16:31; Romans 5:1, 9; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 9:13, 14, 22.

Section 8
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ, composed of all those who have by faith received Jesus Christ as Savior. 
I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 2:20, 21.

Section 9
We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers, associ­ated by cove­nant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ's Baptism and the Lord's Supper, governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges in­vested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are Pastor (Bishops, Eld­ers) and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in Acts 6:20; I & II Timo­thy, and Titus.  Other functions of the local church are the sending forth of missionaries and church discipline. Acts 13:1-4; I Corinthians 5:1-7; II Thessalonians 3:14, l5.

Section 10
We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, that this church is independent and autonomous and must be free from inter­ference of any ec­clesiastical or political author­ity, that, therefore, church and state must be kept separate as having dif­ferent functions, each fulfilling its duties apart from the dictation or patronage of the other.  When the state begins to infringe upon our rights and freedoms, we will not hesitate to do whatever is necessary to regain and preserve them.  However, we do believe in civil government as a divine institu­tion of God, and unless it opposes the Word and will of God, we will submit, sup­port, and honor it.
Acts 4:19; 5:29; 15:4, 7, 12,  22,  25; Romans 13,1-7; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-17.

Section 11
We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational rapture of the church.  Immediately follow­ing will be the seven year tribulation period, when God pours out His right­eous judgment upon the unbelieving world.  This is culminated with the second coming of Christ to the earth, with His saints, to establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the na­tions for one thousand years. 
John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6.

Section 12
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born again person has direct access into God's presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibil­ity to personally study and inter­pret the Scriptures, guided by the Holy Spirit.
I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelation 1:5, 6.

Section 13
We believe that the spirit of the saved at death goes immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; that following the rapture of the church their works will be judged and rewards determined, that the spirit of the unsaved at death descends immediately into Hades, until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged, and cast in to Hell; the place of final and everlasting punishment. 
Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 16:19-31; John 16; I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:6-8; Revelation 20:11-15.

Section 14
We believe that Satan (Lucifer, the devil) is the prince and power of the air, with the earth as his dominion during the church age.  He is coun­terfeit of everything that the true God is, and his final doom is in the lake of fire.  We believe that the Occult Movement and all the things connected with it are directly controlled and used by Satan.  Therefore, we take a definite stand against any involvement with the Occult in any way, shape, or manner.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Galatians 5:17-19; Job 1; Isaiah 14:12-15; Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.

Section 15
Our official position concerning the Ecumenical Church (The World Council of Churches) is to stand opposed to this movement, since this Ecumenical Movement includes all de­nominations and religions that are willing to join with them, and since they are not doctri­nally sound; denying the fundamentals which we hold to in our doctrinal statement. 
Ephesians 5:8-11; Philippians 3:18, 19; II Thessalonians 3:6.

Section 16
Our official position on the Modern Tongue's Movement:  We accept the fact that tongues were present in the Apostolic Church, but we believe this was only a tem­porary gift and that it ceased with the apostles.  We do not believe it is for this day or any future day during the Church Age. 
Acts 2; I Corinthians 14:13.

Section 17
God has ordained marriage (Genesis 1:27, 28) to be the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime (Genesis 2:23, 24; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-33; 19:3-6; Mark 10:5-12).  It is to provide the man and the woman the proper framework for intimate companionship (Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 15; Ephesians 5:22, 23), the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards (Hebrews 13:4), and the means for procreation of the human race (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 127:3).  Any deviations of this ordained order are sinful and will be open to God’s judgment (Romans 1:18-27).  Therefore, we as a church body, will not approve any deviations as normal or acceptable (Romans 1:32).

Section 18
We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.  We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. 
Genesis 2:24; 19:5-13, 24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4

Note:  This doctrinal statement was proposed and accepted July 11, l979.
Note:  We are in fellowship with the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches.