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 May 14
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Death is Necessary for Life
Verse for the Week
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
Pastor Cosand: May 2017
THE SHIELD OF FAITH
meditation on Ephesians 6:16
Ephesians 6 describes the Christian life as a life of battling against the enemy. It is a symbolic picture of the often-neglected reality of the life of a Christian, namely that every Christian, of every age, is at war. This passage calls on us to take off our rose-colored glasses and see that we are in a life and death struggle. Satan is described in the Bible as wanting to sift us like wheat (Lk 22:31). He is compared to a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Pet 5:8).
This passage in Ephesians reminds us that the battle belongs, ultimately, to the Lord. It is His war. We fight because we have joined His army, but the war is, fundamentally, between God and Satan. The battle is personal to us because we are being attacked and we must fight, but it is not our private war. It is God’s war. This is a great encouragement to us. Our leader in this war is Almighty God and He never loses. He will not lose this struggle. He cannot lose this struggle. He is the omnipotent God and so we live our lives with overwhelming confidence that even though we have many struggles with our sin and with Satan, victory will ultimately be ours.
Odds & Ends: May 2017
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.
—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Restoring the balance
In Springs in the Valley (Zondervan), pioneer missionary Lettie Cowman tells of a traveler making a trek through an African jungle. Native tribesmen who helped carry loads walked rapidly on day one, covering a great distance. Yet the next morning they refused to move. When the frustrated traveler asked the tribesmen why they were just sitting, they said they’d gone too fast on the first day and “were now waiting for their souls to catch up to their bodies.”
Cowman writes, “This whirling rushing life which so many of us live does for us what that march did for those tribesmen. The difference: They knew they needed to restore life’s balance; too often we do not.”
God promises rest for our soul and body, so don’t overlook the importance of physical restoration. Only by taking time to recharge can you be an effective laborer in God’s kingdom.