"A Place for You, with a Heart for Him"
The mission of Columbia Baptist Church is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, with all of our souls, and with all of our minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves so that others will see our HEART for Him.
H – Helping others through ministry
E – Exalting Christ through worship
A – Affirming others through fellowship
R – Reaching others through evangelism
T – Teaching believers through discipleship
The Holy Bible was written by men, divinely inspired, and is God's revelation of Himself to man. The Holy Scriptures in their original form are inerrant and infallible and our authority on all things pertaining to faith and practice.
The creator of all things, who is eternal in His existence, perfect in His actions, and altogether Holy. God is One in being and essence, yet reveals himself to us as three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. All persons equal in dignity, distinct in their economy, yet, all fully God.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence. Through the original act of man, all men inherit a sinful nature and thus by their own free choice become transgressors of God’s perfect law and thus become guilty and deserving of God’s holy judgement.
Salvation is the work of God whereby He graciously redeems man solely based upon his faith in the finished work of the cross. This work of Salvation is both beautifully complex and radically simple. God begins the work of Salvation through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, the work of regeneration, the work of justification, the work of sanctification–and ultimately concludes the process of Salvation through the work of glorification in Heaven.
The church is the collective group of redeemed individuals gathering together corporately to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and fulfill the Great Commission. The universal Church is organized into local congregations who strive to work together to be the instruments of grace to a lost world. The local church is God’s intended means for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
For a more detailed look at our beliefs and doctrinal statement, see The Baptist Faith and Message.
The Story Of Columbia Baptist Church
The Baptist Church of Columbia, Kentucky was organized July 6, 1827 at the Adair County Courthouse where they had been meeting. It began with nine charter members. Ordained ministers were present from the mother church, Zion Baptist Church. The first pastor was either John Steel or H. G. Waggener, Sr. The church has been continuously connected to the Russell Creek Association. The original Articles of Faith for the church may be downloaded here. Lot #32 in the town (consisting of a half-acre) was bought in 1944 by the United Baptist Church of Christ from Robert Leslie of Virginia for $200.00. This was on Main Street, now Greensburg Street. This land, from here on to the town square, had originally been owned by Benjamin Lampton, grandfather of Samuel Clements (better known as Mark Twain). The church has acquired more land adjacent to it since that time. During the Civil War, the church building was used from 1861-1865 by the federal government as a hospital. In 1906 a long-standing claim was collected from the federal government for compensation. Some of the buildings for Columbia Baptist Church were razed to build new structures, and some burned. The present building is the fourth building. It was designed after Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The six stained-glass windows in the sanctuary have names and information on them. The educational building with three floors was built in 1957. An elevator has been installed to make the upper floors more accessible. Some of the present members are descendants of those charter members.