7455 Woodland Road
Lake Odessa, MI 48849
(269) 367.4621
  

Sunday
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Worship 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Wednesday
Bible Study, Master Clubs, and Youth Group 7:00 PM








Experience Community


Doctrine

What We Believe About The Bible


We believe the Holy Scriptures, composed of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, are the verbally inspired Word and Revelation of God. The Bible is inerrant, infallible—God-breathed. We believe in the miracle of divine preservation of God’s Word.  In the  English language, the Authorized Version (King James  Bible) is accurate and reliable so that we can unashamedly say, “Thus saith the Lord.”  Any reference or allusion to the Scripture herein shall refer to the Authorized Version.

Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Luke 24:13-28; John 16:12-16; Psalm 12:6-7; Isaiah 40:8;

 Psalm 138:2


What We Believe About God


We believe in the Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—coequal and co-eternal. Each has His individual identity and separate responsibilities for the purposes of redemption, yet perfectly united as three Persons in One.     

1 John 5:1-8; John 16:7-18; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:26


What We Believe About Jesus Christ


We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ.  He is the only  begotten, virgin-born Son of God, the second Person in the Blessed Trinity, God the Son, God manifest in the flesh.    

1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:1-14; John 14:9; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 10:36


What We Believe About The Holy Spirit's Ministry


We believe all regenerated people are baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit the moment they receive Christ as their Savior.  The Holy Spirit indwells all who have been born again from above. Also, the baptism of the Spirit is not a separate event apart from the reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit upon believing on Christ unto salvation.  

Acts 15:6-11; Galatians 3:2,14; Romans 10:13-17; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 10:32; Ephesians 2:13-18


What We Believe About Mankind


We believe God created all things in a time frame of six literal, twenty-four hour days.  Man was created by a direct act of God and subsequently fell into sin in the Garden of Eden.  We believe in the universality and exceeding sinfulness of sin. In Adam all have sinned and, therefore, are guilty before God by nature as well as by deed.   

Romans 5:12-21 Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:10-26; 6:23; Psalm 51:5; Genesis 1-3


What We Believe About Salvation


We believe that man is justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood and bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The all-sufficient and completed work of Redemption  accomplished through His death and resurrection is fully appropriated to whosoever will at the moment in time that a person receives by faith the free gift of salvation offered in the one true Gospel. The adding of works, baptism, sacraments, or any other condition placed upon man in order to obtain God's gift of salvation by faith alone in the finished work of Christ results in “another gospel” that is under God’s curse. 

Galatians 1:6-10; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; John 5:24; Ephesians 5:8; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9

             

What We Believe About The Church


We believe God has ordained the ministry of local, independent, indigenous assemblies of believers to accomplish His work.  The church’s membership is to be composed of regenerated, baptized believers. The two ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the memorial of the Lord’s supper until He returns. The church is to be missionary-minded and evangelistic in spreading the Gospel into all the world. It is not the mission of the church to “bring in the Kingdom,” work for political or economic justice, major on social improvement, or “Christianize” society.  It is to strive together for the faith of the Gospel, proclaim and maintain purity of doctrine and practice, and worship and serve the Lord in “spirit and truth.”   

Acts 2:41-47; 20:17-32; Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

 

What We Believe About The Future


We believe in the Rapture—the personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “in the air.”  This has been the “Blessed Hope” of every born-again believer in the Church Age.  At that time He will receive to Himself the resurrected bodies of those who have “died in Christ” and also all those who are presently alive and “in Christ.”  

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:6-10; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13