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 October 2
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Christ's Divine Nature
Verse for the Week
"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." Romans 15:1-2
Missions Update: October 2016
Why We Have Missions
Missions are Commanded
The following two Bible passages are a summary of the biblical basis for missions:
Genesis 12:1-3: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (ESV)
Romans 10:14-15: How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (ESV)
Pastor Cosand: October 2016
Our Attitude in Prayer
a lesson in prayer from Isaiah 1
In addition to our weekly prayer meeting and Saturday morning prayer time for men, we have two annual emphases on prayer at Bethel. In the spring, just prior to our beginning a new fiscal year with new officers and board members, we have a Day of Prayer. On that day we ask folks from our fellowship to spend one hour in prayer for our church, as well as for other things. In the fall, as we begin our normal ministry schedule, we have a Week of Prayer. We meet for one hour at the church every evening to pour our hearts out to God, seeking His grace and forgiveness and fullness. This year our Week of Prayer will be October 3-7. In light of that coming week, let us consider the state of our hearts whenever we pray.
Prayer is not an 'add-on' to our lives or to our church. It is part of the lifeblood of everything we are engaged in, in every area of life. If someone does not pray, his life, in physical, earthly terms, will probably go on. The question is not "can we live without prayer?" but "what kind of life can we live without prayer?" If we want joy at its deepest level, we can only experience it in fullness through communion with our Creator through talking to Him. If we want to know strength in adversity and hope for the future, we can only know those things through prayer (coupled with hearing the Word of God). If we want to know God at a deep level, it is not possible for people who do not commit themselves to prayer.