By Big Walnut Creek Church served by
Elders W. F. Jones and Elder J. Schenck
The First Regular or Old School Baptist Association called Kansas, in session with the Pleasant Grove Church, in Atchison Co., Kansas, on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of September, 1877, to the churches composing our body, and to all who are in Christ Jesus, Greetings,
Very Dear Brethren and Sisters: - We think it a high privilege, far above our deserts, to be again permitted to meet in our annual session, and to hear and tell of the ups and downs, of the sorrows, trials and tribulations, and also the joys of which each one has been made to partake during the past year. Although we feel unworthy of the least of our heavenly Father’s notice, we have been made to feel that His Fatherly care has been over us, and we are again made to rejoice at the glad news of some of the dear lambs of God coming into the fold, and into the fellowship of the household of faith, as it is written, “The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads.” &c.
In order that all may know of our steadfastness in the faith of God’s elect, we will present a few points of doctrine that we esteem most dear to the lovers of Truth.
First, we believe that God, because of His eternal, unchangeable love, made choice of all the heirs of promise; that they were chosen in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world; that in time they are developed, called, and receive an evidence of their election; that they are kept by His omnipotent power, and will eventually receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. We believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to save His people from their sins; that He did not come, as some would have it, not knowing what He must suffer, nor who would be benefited by His sufferings; but He came with a full knowledge of what the redemption price was, and that all the holy seed (their holiness in Him) were embraced in the covenant of redemption, and not one of them can fail to receive the inheritance.
The doctrine of the eternal union of Christ and the church seems at present to be the main controverted point among those claiming to be Old School Baptists. We believe that as Adam is the figure of Him that was to come, and Eve his wife was in him before the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, even so the church, the Lamb’s wife, was seminally (sic) in Him before the foundation of the world. And as the branches, before their development, dwelt in the vine, so all the members of Christ’s body dwelt in Him, are all made partakers of His divine nature, and all receive their nourishment through Him. On this blessed eternal union rests the Christian’s hope.
Dear saints of God, farewell.
W. F. Jones, Moderator
J. Schenck, Clerk.
Transcribed by Stanley Phillips – January 2009