Jesus is everything to us. He is the focus of our worship (Phil 2:9-11). He is the image of the invisible God, the Head of the Church, and the Creator and sustainer of all things (Col 1:15-20). Because of His all-sufficient death and victorious resurrection, we can have new Life in Him (Rom 5:1-2). This means He allows us to not only be reconciled to God, but to one another (2 Cor 5:18-19). Because of this, we passionately want everyone to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Since all of Scripture points us to Jesus (Luke 24:25-27), we are committed to learning and knowing God's Word within the context it was written. That is why we believe it is important to preach through entire books of the bible at a time. This helps us see God's plan of redemption from Genesis to Revelation.
We are committed to living out what Scripture commands us to do (James 1:22). The Greatest Commandment of all is to become disciples of Jesus who love God, love self, love others (Matt 28:19-20).
Community In the Church
We named ourselves Battle Creek Community Church for two reasons: we are passionate about community in the church, and we are passionate about the community our church is in. When we talk about community in the church, we're talking about living as family: loving each other, caring for each other's needs, and encouraging each other to become more and more like Christ. We believe this can most effectively be done in Small Groups.
Community the Church Is In
When we talk about the community our church is in, we mean making a real difference in the City of Battle Creek. As part of our commitment to do this, we're honored to serve as mentors at Verona School as well as support several local Community Ministry Partners.
We are committed to supporting missionaries from our church who serve in domestic and international ministries. We are also proud to partner with Lifewater International. We believe these are ways we can fulfill Jesus' command "to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Because we feel so strongly about community in the church, we believe it's important for people to commit to become a member of a local church. This is how we know primarily who we are to care for spiritually and physically.
Those who are entrusted to shepherd the flock in the church are called Elders (1 Tim 3:1-7; 1 Pet 5:1-5). We believe that God has called men into this role. We also believe that the biblical model is for there to be a plurality of elders, of which the senior pastor is one.
We believe Scripture reserves the role of elder for men, however we encourage the gifts of teaching to be used by both men and women in our Sunday services and throughout the week. Anyone who preaches or teaches does so under the authority of the elders.