Easton Baptist Church (EBC) began in 1971 when five families attending Trinity Baptist Church in Brockton felt led to begin a new work in their home town of Easton, MA. While these folks were well served by the ministry at Trinity, they felt called by the Lord to create an evangelical fellowship in their local community that could become the focal point for their growing families as well as provide a location from which they could minister to neighbors and friends.
Over the past four decades God has truly blessed this ministry. He has provided EBC with a succession of pastors of exceptional gifts and abilities who have provided the church with wisdom and leadership. Each has been different, yet the Lord, in His loving providence, has allowed each to bring the church through different phases of its corporate life steadfast in the desire to love one another and to minister to the world around it, both near and far.
In the late 1970's, EBC built a modern facility at its current location on 197 Bay Rd., in a then underdeveloped central part of town. In the ensuing years since the construction of the church, the town of Easton has seen explosive growth. While seeking to minister to this growing community, EBC always had the vision of reaching beyond its walls to those beyond the boundaries of the town. Current membership and attendance comes from Easton proper and from over half a dozen surrounding towns.
Additionally, from its inception, the church has evidenced a passion for missions that has remained a vital characteristic of this church through the years. EBC has consistently given sacrificially, both of its resources and people, to the furtherance of the Kindgdom here and abroad.
Youth and Children's ministries have always had a central place at EBC. The Lord, once again, has always provided dedicated, capable and loving leadership that maintained our desired excellence in these programs. Through the years, this ministry has provided opportunities for many to come to the Lord and provided an entry point for families to the greater church fellowship.
EBC strives to be a church where people come and are loved; where they find a place to belong, a place where individuals and families experience what it is to be a part of the family of God.
To grow as a genuine compassionate church family (God-fearing, Christ-loving, Spirit-led) that shares God's love with our family, friends, and neighbors while together finding relevant answers to life's questions.
To know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to share Jesus.
New Life: A new outlook on everything, a new attitude in every situation and a new relationship with everyone is available through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We have experienced - and want to share - the good news that this life is available to anyone who seeks it.
The Bible: Scripture is the story of God's relationship with his people, his own Word to us, and the authority behind all our teaching.
God's Empowering Presence: God's nearness is made known in us through his Spirit - the third person of the Trinity. He guides, comforts and challenges us to live out the new life. God's Spirit is actively forming us into a community of love, peace, hope and joy.
Family: The new life is actively transforming our families, our church and our community. We value and support all efforts to strengthen and empower healthy families.
Community: Authentic relationships with each other - marked by honesty and reconciliation - are the evidence that God's new life is being worked out in us. As we "live our faith," God's character is reflected in our community.
Team Ministry: God enables us to accomplish his mission by blessing us with a diversely gifted group. Each member of EBC brings unique skills and gifts that compliment each other and enable us to accomplish our mission.
Prayer: We have seen God work through the discipline of prayer - in our homes and in our church. Prayer gives us a clearer understanding of God's mission and changes us as much as it changes things.
Excellence: God - and our neighbors - are worthy of our very best efforts. We strive for the highest quality possible in everything we do.
1. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
3. God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
5. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in JesusChrist. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
7. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
8. Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
9. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
10. Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
11. Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.
12. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Adopted by the Baptist General Conference in 1951, reaffirmed in 1990 and amended in 1998.