Ministering to Detroit’s Eastside Since 1864
The beginnings of our church trail back to 1862 when Karl and Emilie Bock migrated from Germany to Detroit. The Bocks, who were zealous witness for their Lord, established fellowship with other German immigrants who were Baptist. On June 23, 1864, the group of nine believers was formally organized as a church. The early members met in homes until 1870 when a chapel was built at St. Aubin and Mullett. The church was known as the First Regular German Baptist Church of Detroit. Significant activities during the early years included tract distribution as a regular Sunday afternoon pastime, missionary work of students on the west side during summer vacation and the formation of a Women's Missionary Society.
Bulletin: Week of February 26
Communion Worship Service
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Rev. Ron Seck
Verse for the Week
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:6-8
Missions Update: March 2017
Stephen and Ginger Jordan
New Tribes Mission
P.O. Box 261
5300 Puerto Princesa City
Praise and Prayer Requests
- Praise the Lord that the Agutaynen believers have chosen a piece of land in the village for their future church home. The long process of purchasing this land has begun. Please pray with us that this will be completed soon and that the transfer will take place by the end of March.
- Please pray with us and the team from Michigan which will be coming over to help with our Sports Bible Camp in April. May they shine for Jesus and be an encouragement to our church family here in the Philippines.
- We are already making preparations for our Home Assignment. We have purchased our plane tickets and, Lord willing, we will be returning the States at the beginning of May.
- With joy (and a little sadness) we are excited to see Rebekah moving closer to graduation from High School. She has been accepted to and is planning on attending University in August. Ginger and Rebekah are now filling out paperwork for scholarships. We appreciate your prayers for Rebekah as she transitions to her home country, which is in many ways unfamiliar and full of surprises.
Darkness and Weeping
Meditation on the horror of hell
When we come to the subject of hell we come to a horror that is beyond any human imagination. The thought of an eternal existence of darkness and sorrow, without the opportunity of escape, is so repulsive to our natural way of thinking that no one would ever hold this doctrine as true if it were not on the pages of the Bible. And the strongest argument for hell is made when we study the words of Jesus Himself. The most forceful statements about hell come, not from the pen of Paul or Peter or Matthew, but from the mouth of our Savior. It is for this reason we must not only read what He said, but consider it enough that the reality of hell sinks into our hearts and affects our thinking. If we do not think of hell as real, the truth presented about hell in the Bible, with all its implications, will never sink in.
A recent Harris poll revealed that only 58% of Americans believe in a real devil and a real hell. That is still a majority, but the number is declining, as is the number of people who believe there is a God and people who believe in heaven and life after death. What is curious to me is that we rarely hear of any mention of hell in our churches these days. We still believe that hell is real, but the subject has almost completely disappeared from our lessons and our discussions. This is unfortunate because the Biblical writers talk about the wrath of God on a regular basis.