Phone: (269) 883-6417
Our building is located on the Northeast side of Battle Creek.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
(Gen 1:1; Isa 6:3; Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16-17; Rev 21:5)
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
(2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21; Jer 18:1; Ps 19:7-11; Luke 11:28)
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
(Gen 1:26-27; Gen 3; Eph 2:1-3; Rom 5:12-19; John 3:16)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
(John 1:14; Col 1:15-20; Phil 2:5-11; Matt 28:1-10; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 4:4-16)
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
(John 17:3; Rom 3:24-26; 5:8-9; 1 Cor 15:1-4; 1 Pet 3:18)
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
(John 16:8; Titus 3:5; John 16:13-14; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Gal 5:16-24)
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
(Matt 16:18; 28:18-19; Col 1:18; Eph 4:4-6; 1 Cor 11:24-26)
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
(Rom 6:1-11; James 1:17; John 13:34-35; 17:16-17; 2 Cor 10:3-6)
We believe that marriage is God’s design for a sacred covenant between a man and a woman and reflects the relationship between Jesus Christ and the church. Through marriage, God has created a place for sexual intimacy to be enjoyed through a man and a woman coming together as one. Any sexual intimacy outside of marriage is sexual immorality. Though sexual intimacy outside of marriage is sinful, the gospel provides redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin.
(Gen 2:23-24; Matt 5:31-32; Matt 19:1-2; Eph 5:25-33)
We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
(1 Thess 4:13-18; Matt 24:19-31; Rev 19:11-16; 22:20; 2 Pet 3:11)
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
(John 14:6; Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 15:50-56; Rev 20:11-15)
(This doctrinal statement used by permission from the EFCA. While we are not affiliated with the EFCA, we are grateful to them for allowing us to use their statement.)