Who We Are
To be a life-giving Church that impacts Southeastern Michigan and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We will ENGAGE our community, EMBRACE all people, EQUIP believers, and EMPOWER them for service.
Jesus – Our Message
Scripture – Our Guide
Holy Spirit – Our Power
People – Our Priority
Generosity – Our Privilege
Excellence – Our Goal
Honor – Our Culture
Unity – Our Commitment
Our Statement of Faith
1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2. There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. Man was created by (a direct act of) God in His own image and likeness. Through disobedience man sinned and fell, incurring death upon himself, the entire human race sharing in the responsibility and in the act of disobedience of its first parents. In Adam all men are, therefore, born “sinners,” with a nature that is depraved and contrary to God, and are lost: that is, spiritually dead or cut off from God.
4. Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is the God-man (100% God and 100% man), Deity enfleshed. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity [or God-head] lives in bodily form.” (Col. 2:9)
5. The Lord Jesus Christ . . .
A.) . . . was crucified, died, and was buried. He died for all sins of all men for all time, according to the Scriptures, the just for the unjust. He died as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; thus His death was vicarious, a ransom payment for all, applied to those who believe in Him, and justifying them on the basis of His shed blood.
B.) . . . was bodily resurrected from the dead. Having experienced death (and separation from God the Father) and thus having paid the penalty for sin, satisfying the justice of a holy and righteous God, satisfying the wrath of God against sin(s), He thus conquered death, providing eternal life for all who will repent and believe on Him.
C.) . . . ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord and Christ. Today, as Head of the Church, which is His body, He is High Priest, Advocate (Mediator), and Intercessor on behalf of the saints.
6. The Lord Jesus Christ will physically return to earth to sit upon the throne of David and to make “… the kingdoms of this world [to] have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15) Christ’s return is imminent and will be personal (bodily) and premillennial.
7. Salvation is a free gift of God, purchased by Jesus Christ, and brought to man by grace. It is, therefore, received by men as an unmerited, undeserved gift, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, on the basis of His finished work alone. All who believe on Him, and so receive His gift of salvation, are “born again” of the Holy Spirit and become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
8. The Holy Spirit is a person; He is also Deity, the third person of the Triune God. The Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells the believer from the moment of his faith in Christ. The believer is thereafter commanded to “… be being filled [controlled] with the Holy Spirit.” God has endowed the Church with giftings (Eph. 4) and believers within the Body with various individual spiritual gifts as revealed in 1 Corinthians 12-14, which remain operational until Christ’s return when we are finally in our glorified state.
However, the genuine evidence of a life filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit is not the operation of gifts (which must be tested for authenticity) but the evidence of the character of Jesus Christ Himself being lived in and through the life of the believer: that is, the “fruit of the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:22-24) The Holy Spirit’s work is to, first, bring new life to the repentant sinner (regenerating the unregenerate), and, second, to make believers true Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He points us to Christ, who says, “Follow Me!” and then empowers the life of Christ in us to be lived through us!
9. All believers in this present Age, by virtue of their unique, intimate relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, are members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Because of this relationship to Christ within His Body, it is incumbent upon each believer to:
A) Seek and maintain a life of holiness unto God and separation from all worldly and sinful practices. Gal. 5:19-24; 2 Cor. 6:14-18
B) Recognize and be obedient to God’s plan that the world be evangelized by the church (and by each and all of its members) through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ and the evidence of a transformed life.
C.) Recognize and faithfully comply with God’s plan that each and all members within the Body of Christ are inter-dependent upon one another, uniquely and variously gifted, and therefore should seek commitment to and regular fellowship within a
local body (or fellowship) of believers.
10. There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ left His disciples (and the Church) to observe: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither of these are given as meritorious works with saving value but are observed as public and/or corporate professions by those who are already redeemed by faith.
A.) Water Baptism is done as an act of obedience to Christ, testifying to the world of one’s identification with Christ, symbolizing outwardly that which has already taken place inwardly (that is, death and burial of the old self and the resurrection of a new life through the indwelling Christ).
B.) The Lord’s Supper is observed regularly to “remember the Lord’s death until He comes.”
11. Satan is a person, a fallen creature, who, by the permission of God, holds a position of great influence, dominion, and power in human affairs. Though he is presently referred to in Scripture as “the prince of the power of the air” and “the god of this age,” he has been defeated by Christ at the Cross so that his judgment is determined and his doom is sure.
12. There will be bodily resurrections, one for the just (the redeemed) and one for the unjust (the unrepentant): eternal life, salvation, and blessedness for the redeemed, and everlasting judgment and damnation for those who are finally impenitent and lost “in their sins.”