We are an Independent, Fundamental, Bible Believing Baptist Church. We believe in and teach from the inspired King James Bible and we sing the old hymns. We believe our purpose as a church is to win the lost to Jesus Christ; to preach and teach the Word of God; to proclaim the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8); to administer the ordinances (believer's baptism and believer’s communion) of the New Testament; to promote Christian concern, fellowship, and the spiritual growth of its members. It is also our purpose to edify Christians and strengthen them in the faith that they "may know" that they have eternal life that believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:11)
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Allen Golden was called into the ministry in May, 1998. Two months later he was voted in as Pastor of Old Paths Baptist Church. For 25 years, Pastor Golden has shown his faithfulness by standing true to the truths of God’s Word and by having a genuine heart for the people of Jefferson City, Missouri. He has a wonderful wife, Cherie, five boys, and a girl. All the children are faithfully working in different aspects of the ministry. Pastor Golden has a real burden for Godly families and through the years has put into practice what he preaches in regard to child-rearing. If you are looking for a church and pastor that has a genuine concern for your family, then Old Paths Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Golden, might be just what you are looking for.
Pastor Allen Golden
Mrs. Cherie Golden
Austin & Catie, Caleb & Joanna, Trevor & Lydia,
Abigail, Benjamin, and Seth
The Golden Family
What is our stand on the Bible? We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written and was verbally inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21 shows us that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 shows us that all scripture is given by God and not just parts of it. Also, in this passage, the word inspiration is translated into the Greek as meaning God-breathed. We accept the Bible as our only source of truth. (John 17:17) We believe that God has preserved His original word for us in the form of the King James Version of the Bible. Matthew 24:35 says that heaven and earth shall pass away but His word will not.
What do we believe in reference to God? We believe that the one true God is both spiritual (John 4:24) and a person. He is immaterial and invisible yet He possesses personality. His personality contains intellect (Exodus 3:7; Genesis 8:1), emotions (Revelation 3:19; John 3:16), and volition (Exodus 6:6; Romans 9:11). We believe this God expresses Himself as a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are scriptural allusions to this in the plural form of pronouns in Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 11:17. The baptismal formula (Matthew 28:19-20) and Jesus' high priestly prayer (John 14:16) also declare this Trinity.
What do we believe in reference to Jesus Christ? We believe that Jesus is the Son part of the Trinity of God. We believe that Jesus was a God-man begotten by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:20) We believe that God sent Jesus as our Savior. (John 1:1, John 3:16). We also believe that after His death on the cross, Jesus bodily arose from the grave in three literal days. This is proven by the testimony of unsaved scholars such as William Lyon Phelps, a teacher of literature at Yale for forty years, said, "The historical evidence for the resurrection is stronger than for any other miracle." Arnold, the headmaster at Rugby University, said "I know of no one fact of history that has been proved any better than the resurrection of Christ." It is also proved by the testimony of early church fathers such as Ignatius, Justin Martyr, and Tertullian. Jesus' many post-resurrection appearances are proof for His bodily resurrection. In these appearances, He ate (John 21:1), walked (Luke 24:13), and showed his physical wounds to Thomas and the other disciples. (Luke 20:26)
What do we believe in reference to the Holy Spirit? We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells the believer upon salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:10). We believe that the believer is then commanded to seek the fullness of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) in order to have the power and knowledge to serve God. (Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:27)
What do we believe in reference to Creation? We believe that God directly spoke the material world into existence. (Genesis 1:1) We believe that God formed man from the dust of the ground and created him in His image. We do not believe in atheistic or theistic evolution. Atheistic evolution has many fallacies including some of its so-called proofs. For example, evolutionists use the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics to try to prove their theory. We also refute theistic evolution, the Gap Theory, because leading Hebrew scholars say that the word "was" in verse two is proper and should not be the word "became". We also disagree with this theory because this would require death before Adam. (Romans 5:12-14)
What do we believe in reference to Salvation? We believe that man was created sinless (Genesis 1:31) but voluntarily sinned (Romans 5:19; Genesis 3:17) thereby separating himself from God and is destined for hell. (Revelation 21:8) We believe that all men, because of Adam's fall are born as sinners (Romans 3:23). We believe the only way to restore fellowship is to be born from above (John 3:3-6) by belief in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). We do not believe that one can earn his salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) but it is only through Christ (John 14:6). We believe this salvation is eternal and cannot be lost (John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:11-13)
What do we believe concerning Heaven and Hell? We believe in both a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. We believe that Heaven is the kingdom of God (Ephesians 5:5) where all born-again believers will dwell forever (John 14:1-4). We believe that Hell is a literal lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) that was prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41) and is where those who do not accept Christ as Savior will dwell for eternity in agony and torment. (Revelation 21:8)
What do we believe concerning the church? We believe the Bible teaches a local church concept, not a universal one for our present-day churches. The Greek word "ekklesia" which means to be called out, is classically translated as an assembly, a church, or a congregation. This word has three usages in the Bible. The first is a generic usage that speaks of an institution. The second is a universal usage that speaks of a great assembly of glorified saints. The third usage, which is the most prominent, is the local church usage. The universal church is not in the present, it is in the future. (Hebrews 12:13) We believe that the definition of a church is a visible local assembly of baptized believers in one place who have voluntarily united together in organization, with elected officials, for the purpose of glorifying God and learning Biblical truths.