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Wescott was a community settled in the late 1800s in the Middle Loup River valley, eastern Custer County, Nebraska. As a part of this settlement a Congregational Church was established with a building completed in 1898. By the late 1920's the building ceased being used for church and fell into some disrepair. In the early 1930s a congregation began meeting and were served by ministers affiliated with Swedish Covenant. An effective work continued through the late 1950s when securing a minister became difficult and the building again fell into disuse. In the early 1960s a work was begun and soon affiliated with the Baptist General Conference which also had Swedish roots. Growth in the congregation known as the Wescott Baptist Church in the last years of the 20th century and early in the 21st necessitated a building program and it was determined to construct a new facility in the village of Comstock but to continue being known as Wescott Baptist Church. The current facility in Comstock was begun in 2004 and completed a year later with the first services held on November 20, 2005.
Baptist is a name applied to certain Protestant Christians who hold to a strong view of the Bible as the only authority for Christian faith and practice. It was the stand made by English believers against the Church of England in the early 1600s and the persecution they experienced that first led to the forming of separate churches which came to be called Baptist. At the heart of the controversy was the dissenter's belief that baptism was only to be administered to consenting believers and that they should be allowed to remain true to New Testament teaching. It was the desire of these groups to freely practice their faith that led many to seek these freedoms in the American colonies. A Baptist minister, John Leland, had significant influence in securing the Bill of Right as part of our U.S. Constitution.
Church, in the New Testament understanding, is not a building, but rather a community of people united by their mutual faith commitment to be followers of Jesus Christ. The writings of the Apostles of Jesus depict the church, not as a hierarchical institution, but, as independent local congregations of believers who meet to worship, study, pray, encourage and minister to one another. The church is also involved in equipping and encouraging its members to seek to introduce people to faith in Jesus Christ.
Faith: The most important aspect of faith is the object of that faith. The people and leadership of Wescott are committed to faith in the Creator of the universe in Whom we are able to learn the purpose for our existence. He has revealed Himself to mankind through nature and His written Word, the Bible. God sent Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, to earth to provide a remedy for the disobedience of the human race. We are confident in and committed to the words of Jesus in John 14:6 – "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except thought me."
Family: Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ makes God our Heavenly Father and creates a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. This church family recognizes the importance of loving one another because of God's love for us in spite of our imperfections. Our desire is that a sense of 'caring' for each family member always be shown.
Fellowship: Each time the church family meets it is to encourage one another in the ministry God has given us. We meet for worship, study, prayer, music, meals and games. Other times we gather for the planning and performing of missions projects. Jesus established His Church to do His work and as a body of believers it is essential that we labor in one accord. When we are saved we have in common the most important thing a person can possess, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ