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Phone: (269) 883-6417
Email: Send an email
Meeting Address: 552 E Emmett St, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 118 Battle Creek, MI 49016

 

Service Time

  • Sunday Mornings @ 9am

 

Values

Jesus

Jesus is our sole source of Life (John 10:10). Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But empowered by Him through the Holy Spirit, we can be the church He has called us to be. We can be the teachers, and electricians, the mothers and fathers, the husbands and wives He has called us to be. Jesus is everything to us. And the Gospel of God's grace is the most important message we can share with others (Hebrews 12:15).

Discipleship

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave the church its mission: to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). Disciples are those who believe that the gospel is true and then live like it! They are empowered by the Holy Spirit to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (2 Pet 3:18). No matter what stage of life we are in, God is calling us to grow more and more into the likeness of Jesus (Rom 8:29-30). He will do the transforming work. But He has given us the responsibility to do our part. This is why at the core of everything we do is a desire and passion for discipleship.

Unity of the Body

The church is the bride of Christ, paid for by His blood, and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. As those who have been reconciled to God, we are now called to be reconciled to one another (2 Cor 5:17-20). Battle Creek Community Church is deeply committed to seeing the churches of Battle Creek reconciled to one another, working together, supporting one another in our shared mission to preach the gospel and make disciples. When we do, we fulfill Paul's command to us to "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace", demonstrating the reality that there is "one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:3-6).

Membership

Because the church is Jesus' idea, and His desire for us is to be in community with one another, we believe that making a commitment to a local body of believers is critical to a Christian's growth, and a key component to discipleship. This is why we will make membership an important part of the life of the church at BCCC. Regular classes will be held to give people a chance to investigate membership, and prayerfully consider joining us.

Elder Leadership

When the first churches were being planted, Paul gave Timothy and Titus clear instructions about who was to lead those churches. He called them to find spiritually mature men who were knowledgeable in the Word of God, able to teach, and who were respected among the community because of their proven godly character (1 Tim 3; Titus 1). As we establish our church government, we will also seek out such men, and will consider them the shepherds of this community. The senior pastor will act as just one of these shepherds, but will function as the presiding elder.

Missional Living

Included in our Statement of Beliefs is the paragraph which states, "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."

We believe wholeheartedly that God has placed us exactly where He wanted us in the city of Battle Creek to impact this area for Christ. We desire to serve the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the oppressed–to make a tangible difference in this community both physically and spiritually. This is the heart of God, and the mission of Christ (Luke 4:16-21). Now as His disciples, it is our mission to do the same.

One way we are committed to reaching out to our own community is to partner with several Community Ministry Partners who are on the front lines of some of the greatest social needs our city faces. We believe that the ultimate answer to the needs people have is the transformative power of Christ in them, and each of the ministries we are supporting have this as their ultimate goal.