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THE TOWN OF TIOGA, THE TOWN'S NAME BEING TAKEN FROM A TRIBE OF NEW YORK INDIANS, WAS FOUNDED IN 1881.  BEFORE

LONG, IN ABOUT 1884, SOME BLACKSMITHS IN TOWN DISCOVERED THAT WHEN THEY BURNED THEIR HANDS, THE WATER FROM A

NEARBY WELL SEEMED TO PROMOTE HEALING.  THIS DISCOVERY OF MINERAL WATER CAUSED THE TOWN TO START GROWING, AND BY

1902 THE POPULATION HAD INCREASED TO 1,200 PEOPLE.  THE TOWN WAS INCORPORATED IN 1906, AND BY THAT TIME IT HAD A

FLOUR MILL, A SCHOOL BUILDING, SEVERAL ELEGANT RESIDENCES, ONE HOTEL, NO SALOONS, AND 4 CHURCHES.

 

HOWEVER, BEFORE THE TOWN WAS FOUNDED, A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS GATHERED IN THE SUMMER OF 1873, CALLED A PASTOR IN JULY

OF THAT SUMMER, AND GAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS TO BECOME MEMBERS, BEGINNING ON AUGUST 4.  BY THE END OF THAT YEAR,

48 PEOPLE WERE MEMBERS OF "THE BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST AT TIOGA."  

THE CHURCH HAS EXPERIENCED MANY CHANGES OVER THE PAST 139 YEARS, AND CHANGES WILL CONTINUE AS MINISTRY NEEDS

AND THE CONTEXT OF THE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES TRANSITION.  HOWEVER, GOD CONTINUES TO GATHER HIS PEOPLE AT WHAT NOW

IS KNOWN AS "FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH," FOR WORSHIP, EDUCATION, FELLOWSHIP, AND MISSIONS WORK FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.  

 

AS WE MOVE INTO THE FUTURE, A "NEW VISION TASK FORCE" HAS BEEN SELECTED TO SEEK GOD'S DIRECTION REGARDING OUR

LOCATION, FACILITIES, MINISTRY STRATEGIES, STAFFING, AND OTHER DETAILS ESSENTIAL TO GLORIFYING HIM!

OUR CHURCH'S MISSION

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF TIOGA WANTS TO MIRROR OUR LORD'S "GREAT COMMISSION" AS STATED IN MATTHEW 28:19-20:  

"THEREFORE, GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACHING THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.  AND, SURELY I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS, TO

THE VERY END OF THE AGE."  THESE VERSES OUTLINE SEVERAL THINGS THAT WE DESIRE TO ACCOMPLISH AT FBC, TIOGA.  FIRST, OUR

MISSION--GENERALLY SPEAKING--IS TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST.  WE EXIST TO POINT OTHERS TO JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS,

HOPE, AND PURPOSE.  ALONG WITH THAT, WE DESIRE TO LEAD BELIEVERS TO GROW AND MATURE IN THEIR DAILY WALK WITH HIM.

SECOND, THE VERSES INDICATE THAT WE ARE TO REACH ALL NATIONS--PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.  THAT MEANS THAT WE WORK TO

SHARE CHRIST WITH PEOPLE FROM TIOGA TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.  

THIRD, WE ARE TO BAPTIZE, TEACH, INSTRUCT AND ENCOURAGE OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WILL AND GOD'S DESIGN FOR DAILY LIVING.  WE

DO THIS THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF OUR LOCAL CONGREGATION IN WORSHIP, BIBLE STUDY, FELLOWSHIP AND OTHER MINISTRY ACTIVITIES.

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