Founded in 2007 Anchor Baptist is a young and vibrant church dedicated to expository preaching, Biblical balance, gospel transformation, and rightly dividing Scripture. Since our inception God has blessed us with spiritual and numerical growth.
We are located in the small village of Vanduser, Missouri about 12 miles from Sikeston, Missouri. Our region is known for its farm land, small towns, and friendly people.
Services at Anchor Baptist are traditional yet relevant. We have removed the clutter of legalism and denominationalism in order to see the message of Jesus more clearly. We believe the gospel gives people of all ages a true view of God, a clearer understanding of one’s self, the transforming power of the cross, and hope for the future.
If we can serve you in any way, please give us a call.
What to Expect
Here at Anchor Baptist we strive to be a friendly church. You can expect to be greeted before the service and during the handshaking time. We will not make you identify yourself as a visitor or call upon you to say something during the service (that would be really awkward).
We do not have a dress code at Anchor Baptist. You can come as you are. While some people in our church dress up, others simply wear jeans and a t-shirt.
If you have small children you can either keep them in the service or check them into the nursery. Children are not a burden to us.
We eat lunch together every Sunday. This is a time of fellowship and getting to know each other better. You are invited to stay and eat with us if you desire.
If this is your first time visiting, we recommend that you come to our Sunday Morning service which starts at 11:00 a.m..
About the Pastor
We are currently accepting applications for the full time pastor position. Please send your resume to pro418(AT)gmail(DOT)(COM). Thanks!
What We Believe
statement of faith
The Holy Scriptures:
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and that they compose the entire Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed; and therefore, are the final authority of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. We believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people and shall be the only translation used by Anchor Baptist Church. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in the Triune God, eternal existing in three persons– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit– each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10,26).
The Person and Work of Christ:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ became man without ceasing to be God, having been begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a willing sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. He afterwards ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24, 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption, and is the Divine Teacher Who assists believers in understanding the Scriptures (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (I Cor. 1:22, 13:18, 14:21-22).
The Fallen Nature of Man:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that all men are sinners by birth and by choice, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19) and that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process.
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers:
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation but not use their Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (John 6:27-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:35-37; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Cor. 11:23-26).
We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 20:28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
The Second Coming of Christ:
We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thes. 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6).
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing doctrinal statement accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members.