Harmony Baptist Church would like to welcome our new pastor, Peter Ostrander. Pastor Peter Ostrander began his ministry as pastor of Harmony Baptist Church of Beaver Dam on May 5, 2013. He comes to Harmony Baptist Church from Liberty Baptist Church, Newton KS, where he served as senior pastor for the last 10 ½ years. Prior to serving in Newton, Pastor Ostrander served 9 years in Tuscola, IL at Faith Baptist Church. He is a native of Wisconsin, having grown up in nearby Fall River. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his Master of Divinity degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI. Pastor Ostrander and his wife Laura have 5 children; Caleb – 21, Jonathan – 18, Justine – 15, Hope – 13, and Hannah – 11.
1. To evangelize people with a presentation of the saving grace of Jesus Christ that they may submit to the Lord and worship Him.
2. To edify people in developing a Christ-like personality that they may seek the Lord and walk with Him.
3. To educate people for meaningful participation in the local church that they may serve the Lord and work for Him.
4. To encourage people to discover their purpose in life that they may share the Lord with others and witness for Him. (Eph. 4:12)
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Having been led by the Holy Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus (John 1:12) as our Savior; and on the profession of our faith (Psalm 107:2 and Matthew 10:32,33); having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19,20); we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ (Ephesians 4:4-6).
We shall endeavor, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. We further endeavor to esteem our Pastor very highly, in love, for his work's sake (I Thes. 5:13).
We also shall endeavor to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Word of God; to seek the salvation of kindred and acquaintances; to walk uprightly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements; and above reproach in our behavior; to avoid gossiping, backbiting, and sinful anger (Ephesians 4:29); to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks and/or illegal drugs (Proverbs 20:1); and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ our Savior.
We further endeavor to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress (James 2:15-17); to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the teaching of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover endeavor that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church (Hebrews 10:25) of like precious faith and order where we can continue to carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
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