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 July 10
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Genesis 29:31 – 30:13
No Other Gods Before Me
Verse for the Week
"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense Proverbs 3:5-6 
Missions Update: May 2016
Norm and Gwen Bowman Global Outreach Avenida Manuel Girona 70 Izda, 2, 1 08860 Castelldefels BARCELONA, SPAIN
TRANSLATION PROJECT / PRAYER MATERIALS UPDATE
God’s plan for us is that we know who we are in relationship with Him (Jeremiah 29:11), to find our identity and acceptance in that intimate relationship, and to receive that hope-filled relationship from Him willingly and joyfully. BUT, for a whole list of reasons, many Christians do not have, or are unable to experience that relationship as God intended, and therefore need restorative, recovery prayer within the context of a small group where intimate personal brokenness can be shared, prayed for and healed.
In a recent meeting with our professional translator of the healing care materials, he stated, “Norman, WE ALL need this. I need it.” He was right. We praise God for our translator, Daniel Menezo, who, year by year, in spite of personal and family setbacks, has persisted faithfully in translating one book after another of the Healing Care Materials written by Terry Wardle. Now there has been a major advance in the preparation of these materials in Spanish for use in the small group experience!! Terry Wardle has arranged for these translated materials to be published FOR FREE as long as it is for purely ministry purposes, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!! And he is helping us financially to employ the services of a gifted woman, Alexandra Estrada, who is formatting all of the materials that have been translated!! These materials will be tested in the first groups to use them starting in January, 2016, here in the Barcelona area. After that, all of the suggestions for improvement will be incorporated and the books, notebooks and resource materials will be handed over to the publisher at the end of 2016.
Those who will receive this prayer ministry in Spanish were always meant by God to love and live! Praise the Lord with us for His provision, His timing and His sovereign hand in the entire project!
Growing in Grace
Meditation on 2 Peter 3:18
Peter ends his second letter with a command … "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity" (2 Pet 3:18). When we talk about spiritual growth, one problem we run into is this: how do you measure spiritual growth? In the physical realm, it is easy. Growth is measured in terms of inches on a yardstick or pounds on a scale.
But how do we measure spiritual growth? Spiritual growth is just as much a reality as physical growth, but we can't measure it with a ruler or with a scale. The Bible is telling us here that we should grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but how do we know if we are growing or not? What are the telltale signs? There are some signs or characteristics, and we see them in the paragraph in which this verse is found.
One sign of spiritual growth in this section is found in 2 Peter 3:14 and it is purity of life. "Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace." The words used in this verse that describe the character of the Christian are 'without spot and blemish.' This does not mean that we can be completely spotless, that is to say without sin. No, we still struggle with our sins, but people ought to be able to look at our lives and see, in general, a purity of heart and life.