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 August 24
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dr. J. Robert Cosand
Woe To You...Woe To You
Verse for the Week
"Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." Proverbs 16:32
Fall 2014 Sunday School Classes Announced
Beginning September 7
Explore the major principles of the Bible -- the foundation of our lives -- as we realize that fruitful lives before the Lord are built on truth that is both understood and obeyed. Topics include the doctrine of angels and demons, the doctrine of the church, and the doctrine of future things. Taught by Pastor Cosand in the upstairs classroom.
Get from Genesis to Malachi in 13 weeks in this Old Testament overview providing a panoramic look at God’s self-revelation and redemption of sinful mankind. Gain the ability to think about the Old Testament as a whole, and be motivated to pursue additional study of God’s Word. Lead by Jay Hackleman in the Lounge.
Missions Update: September 2014
Norm & Gwen Bowman - Global Outreach
Avenida Manuel Girona, 70 Izda 2, 1
08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona SPAIN
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he wh promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
He who promised is faithful!
Holding fast?? . . Confessing our hope?? Without wavering?? . . It seems that if we allow ourselves to be somewhat vulnerable and downright honest ALL of us would have to admit that there are moments, days, even seasons of our lives when “holding fast”, “confessing our faith” and “without wavering” are NOT what seem to most characterize our lives, yes, even our ministries. The Biblical writers seemed to know and understand his experience. The Apostle Paul writes: “we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” And if we read on in Hebrews chapters 10 and 11 the author seems to be acquainted with the intense resistance and suffering that the readers were experiencing. Suffering is one thing, but resistance is another. It wears you down, saps your energy and gives rise to doubts, or “wavering.” When we experience resistance the tendency is to “resist back” but that often leads to sin. We focus on the resistance and lose sight of the promise, the hope, and especially of “The Promiser.” Instead of “resisting back” the writer prefers the word “endurance” (10:32). “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” This same exhortation is repeated in chapter 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” To endure means to suffer patiently and persistently and hopefully while looking unto the Promiser of the Promises in the full face of resistance beyond our own strength. James goes on to say that the testing of our faith PRODUCES endurance (or steadfastness). In these times of unrest and uncertainty, often with “fighting without and fear within” we will be empowered to endure this kind of resistance ONLY as we get our focus OFF OF the resistance, and ONTO the Promiser, the Lord Jesus, Himself.