The inception of Star Baptist Church started with a God given burden placed on the heart of Pastor Jerry Akers for church planting in the Southwestern region of Idaho. This was a burden while pastoring Lake Shore Drive Baptist Church in Nampa, ID from1998-2006. This became his burden and calling while receiving seminary training in Connecticut from 2006-2011. After a year of deputation ministry (June 2012-June 2013), Pastor Akers and seven other believers began meeting in the home of Richard & Donna Brown in Middleton, ID on July 7, 2013. On March 16, 2014, this group of believers held their first service in a building provided by God in Star. On that day twenty people signed the Star Baptist Church Covenant and Charter.
Pastor Jerry Akers was saved as a teenager in the summer of 1973 at Auburn Baptist Church in Riner, VA. He surrendered to the Lord’s call for pastoral ministry training in the Fall of 1988. Pastor Akers earned a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College/Virginia Beach, VA in 1993, a Masters of Biblical Studies from Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary/Newington, CT in 2008, and a Master of Divinity from Bible Baptist Theological Seminary/Cromwell, CT in 2010. He was ordained to Baptist ministry in 1993. Over the past 20 plus years, Pastor Akers has served in pastoral ministry in the states of Virginia, Washington, Connecticut, and Idaho. Pastor Akers and his wife Lori have four children and five grandchildren.
Abbreviated Doctrinal Statement
The Doctrine of Scripture
- We believe that God inspired the original Scriptures perfectly with no error (inerrancy), and has preserved those very Scriptures without error, as He promised (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 12:6-7).
- We believe that those inspired and preserved words of God are found in the Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT) of the Old Testament and the Greek Received Text (TR) of the New Testament (Matthew 4:4; 5:18).
- We believe that the accurate and faithful English rendering of those inspired and preserved Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words occur in the King James Bible (Romans 16:25-26).
- Accordingly, we exclusively use the King James Version (also known as the Authorized Version) as the only English Bible for faith, practice, preaching, and teaching.
The Doctrine of God
- We believe in the Triune God of the Bible as stated in Scripture—“These three are one” (1 John 5:7),and that the Three Person Godhead includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20).
- We believe there is One God and therefore the Members of the Trinity are co-equal, co-eternal, co-powerful, and co-existent (2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe that the Members of the Godhead are all Deity in nature and attributes, and equally involved in their respective roles in creation, inspiration, and redemption.
- The Triune Godhead created the heavens and earth in six literal days, which creation included Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:1-2; 27).
- The Triune Godhead created the angelic realm perfect in the beginning, after which Lucifer (now known as “the great dragon,” “that old serpent,” the “Devil” and “Satan”) sinned, leading one third of the angels in his rebellion and fall (Genesis 2:1; Job 38:7; Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:9).
- The Triune Godhead inspired and preserved His words which are forever settled in heaven (1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21; Psalm 119:89).
- God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as God manifest in the flesh, to redeem fallen mankind through His bloody, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, which Gospel work, when believed, commences salvation and subsequent sanctification through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 3:16; Mark 10:45; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 1:2).
The Doctrine of Salvation
- We believe that all mankind is depraved, sinful, and lost (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-19).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ provided salvation for all mankind through His death, burial, and resurrection, which is “the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 John 2:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:8).
- We believe that the Scriptural requirements for the conversion of a lost sinner are “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21).
- We believe that those converted may have full assurance of salvation as they grow in sanctification (Roman 10:13; 1 John 5:11-12; 2 Peter 3:18).
- We reject as unbiblical the notions of “easy-believe-ism,” Calvinism, and the possibility of losing one’s salvation.
The Doctrine of the Church
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ founded His ekklesia (assembly, congregation, or church) during His earthly ministry.
- We believe He subsequently built it up (Matthew 16:18)—prior to His ascension by giving it church discipline (Matthew18:16-18), the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:24-26), and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)—then following His ascension, on the Day of Pentecost when it was “endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49 cp. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1ff).
- We believe the Lord guaranteed the perpetuity of His immersionist assemblies (Baptist churches) by promising to be with those who carry out the Great Commission, until the end of this dispensation (Matthew 28:19-20).
- We believe that each “church of the living God” (doctrinally sound Baptist church) is the Body of Christ in its particular locale (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23).
- We believe that the two ordinances for the Lord’s churches are believer’s baptism, which is full immersion in the name of the Triune Godhead by the authority of a “church of the living God,” and the Lord’s Table, which is to be observed by the church membership (Acts 2:41, 47; I Cor. 11:23-32).
- We believe that every New Testament believer is responsible to serve the Lord as a faithful, fruitful member of one of His churches—ministering in the body with his/her spiritual gift.
- We believe that every NT believer will give an account of his/her stewardship (Time, Talent, Treasure, Testimony, etc.) relative to the Lord’s church at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and be judged on that basis (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
- We believe that the only two offices for the Lord’s churches are the Pastor (Bishop or Elder) and Deacon (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9).
The Doctrine of Last Things
- We believe in the imminent return of Christ prior to the Tribulation which is known as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- We believe that the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy is the yet-to-come seven year Tribulation period which will be followed by the one thousand year Millennium (Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 4-19; 20:1-6).
- We believe that Christ will judge all mankind with respect to salvation and service (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:12-15; Hebrew 9:28).
- We believe that the Lord will raise all mankind, some to the resurrection of life and some to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29; Colossians 3:20-21 Revelation 20:12-15).
- We reject as unscriptural the notions of Mid-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath, Post-Tribulation, Post-Millennial, or A-Millennial eschatological positions.
- We believe that the righteous dead go immediately to be with Christ forever in heaven, and the lost who die go immediately to hell and will ultimately suffer in the lake of fire forever (Philippians 1:21; Luke 16:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 25:46).