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 5
Morning Communion Service
August 5, 2018
Our Citizenship is in Heaven
Verse for the Week
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Missions Update: July 2018
David & Susan Michels
913 High Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Susan: slmichels @yahoo.com
The 2017 – 2018 school year has come to an end. We have seen God do some great work in molding hearts and helping students walk with Him.
E2Forum = Executive & Entrepreneurial Forum (EII Forum)
In February we hosted an EII Forum in Houghton for Michigan Tech and Finlandia students. Three business professionals shared how character in faith makes a difference in their interactions in their business. There were 53 in attendance. They were from groups like the Iranian community, women’s club volleyball, professional clubs, and RA’s. The students heard how they could know God personally and five students indicated that they put their trust in Jesus Christ. We are praising God for what He did that evening.
Our Summer Ministry Assignment
This summer we are doing something pretty different from what we have done in past summers. We are helping to staff the Detroit Summer Mission. The goals of the summer mission are to see students grow in their love for Jesus and in their love for the people of Detroit. We will be serving at Wayne State University part of the week, having spiritual conversations with students. We will also be partnering with urban ministries helping people in Detroit that have physical and spiritual needs. We will also be living in the dorms at WSU. We expect a great experience seeing students grow and seeing God use this summer mission to touch many lives for God’s glory. Please pray for us and the Detroit Summer Mission.
Pastor Cosand: July 2018
THE GOD-CENTEREDNESS OF GOD
God does everything He does, ultimately, for His glory
When we consider the glory of God, one thing that comes to mind is that we should live for His glory. The Westminster Catechism reminds us that "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." But the Bible makes it clear that "The chief end of God is to glorify God." We know from the Scriptures that we should be God-centered, but what we also see in the Scriptures is that God Himself is God-centered. God does everything He does for His glory. The following verses are meant to display the God-centeredness of God, with the hope that we might see the folly and arrogant rebellion of putting anything in the place of God in our affections. We might say that to be self-centered is to be at odds with the universe.
God forgives Israel's sins (and ours) for His glory
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isa 43:25)
For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. (Isa 48:8-11)
God created us for His glory
I will say to the north, "Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." (Isa 43:6-7)