80 N Lake Pleasant Road • Attica, MI 48412 • 810.724.8800 • firstname.lastname@example.org
A good church should function like a family. A good family is able to work together and play together.
They support each other in times of need and celebrate with each other in times of joy. A healthy family encourages personal growth. We would love to make you part of the living, growing family at Lapeer Community Church. No matter where you are spiritually, you're welcome to join us as we progress on our journey to know God better. We care about your relationship with God. We care about you.
A Short History
In November 1999, Rik and Mindy Schwab moved to Lapeer, Michigan to start a church. They dreamed of starting a church that was different, a church where people who didn't like church would discover a meaningful, life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. They also wanted people to discover the awesome reality of belonging to a community of people who truly care for each other.
They built a start-up team and launched Lapeer Community Church in the White Middle School Auditorium on May 6, 2001. We had a team of about 20 people who worked very hard to prepare for the first service. On that day only six people came. They survived a long, difficult summer and moved the church to the Lapeer Education and Technology Center in Attica. It was there that the church began to grow.
By the one year anniversary, the church was averaging over 100 people. Soon after that, the church added Pastor Rod Sanderson-Smith to the staff. He came with a group of devoted believers, many of whom are still involved with the church. In 2007 the congregation purchased Attica Elementary School. The building was renovated and services have been held there since 2008.
Since the founding of the church, many things have changed, but the most important things remain the same. We work hard to create an atmosphere where people can be real with each other. Lapeer Community Church is a safe place to honestly explore who Jesus Christ is at your own pace without being judged. We try to create services that are practical and engaging for people of all ages.
What We Believe
God is all-powerful, all knowing, and he created everything. God created all of us, including you. Our compassionate, loving, and wise God offers eternal hope that goes beyond anything this world can offer. He hears and answers prayers. God is living but never changing. God has always loved us and always will. Every person has equal value in God's eyes. There may be times when we feel unimportant, but in reality, we are very important to God. God is interested in every detail of our lives. In fact, the Bible says he knew us long before we were born. God wants to give our lives meaning and significance. When we allow God to be a vital part of our everyday lives, he blesses us with the opportunity to do something with tremendous eternal value.
About the Bible:
It is the inerrant, inspired Word of God. It is God’s revelation to man and is the final authority for faith and practice for Christians (Psalm 119:160, II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21).
There is only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe. He exists in three distinct persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) who are equal in essence but with distinct personal attributes and distinct ministry roles (Genesis 1:26 and 3:22, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29-30).
God the Father: He is God (John 6:27, Ephesians 4:6). He is the sender of His Son Jesus for the purpose of redemption of man (John 3:16-17).
God the Son: Jesus Christ is God (Hebrews 1:8). He is the Savior of the world and the only means of redemption for man (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12). He was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25). He was crucified, He died and was buried (Matthew 27:31-60). He was resurrected on the third day after his death (Matthew 28:4-6).
God the Holy Spirit: He is God (Acts 5:3-4). He dwells in those who have become believers in Christ (I Corinthians 6:19). He seals the believer until the day of redemption (II Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13-14, I Corinthians 12:11).
3. About Man:
Man is the creation of God in His own image. He has fallen away from God because of sin. Man is a sinner by nature and choice. The result is death, which is both physical and spiritual in nature. However, God loves man and provided a remedy to unite man to himself, namely the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3, Romans 5:12 and 6:23, John 3:16-17).
4. About Salvation:
Salvation is the free gift of God and is obtained upon the sole condition of faith in Jesus Christ. By no other means can a person be justified before God and no other conditions can be added (i.e.baptism, surrender, church membership, repentance, Godly living, etc.) (Ephesians 4:8-9, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-13).
5. About the Church:
The church is a spiritual organism in which Christ is the head. It is made up of believing people both universally (including Christians from all ages and regions of the world) and locally (including professing believers from one place at a specific time who regularly fellowship, worship, and build each other up). The purpose of the church is to carry out the “Great Commission,” going into all the world to make disciples, baptize those disciples and teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded. Each local church is free to govern itself independently of ecclesiastical interference, although they are to work with other churches in order to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. Membership into the local church is based upon the choice of the individual, a profession of faith and baptism. There are only two ordinances of the church: baptism of believers and the administration of the Lord’s Supper to believers. Matthew 16:15-19, 28:19-20 and 3:13-17, Acts 2:41-42 and 20:7, I Peter 2:4-8, I Corinthians 11:23-26.
6. About Family and Marriage:
In accordance with our belief that the Bible is the infallible Word of God with “supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct” and our affirmation that “a Christian should live for the Glory of God”, we include in our beliefs the following about marriage and sexuality:
We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between one genetic male and one genetic female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society (Genesis: 2: 24 and Mark 10: 6-9).
We believe that marriage should be safeguarded and supported by both the church and society and should be formalized with public vows. It is not enough for a couple to live together in private commitment. We believe they are to covenant before God and the state. Scripture requires purity before and faithfulness within and following marriage. Likewise it considers sinful all sexual behavior outside of marriage (I Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:26-27). Such sins, however, are not beyond the forgiving grace of God when this is sought with repentance, faith and humility.
We believe that marriage is the commitment of male and female to each other for life, reflecting Christ’s sacrificial love for the Church. As such, marriage is intended to be permanent. Divorce is an infraction of the clear teaching of Christ, but not beyond the forgiving grace of God when this is sought with repentance, faith and humility, and recognizing that some have divorce thrust upon them against their will.
We believe that all persons have been created in the image of God and should be accorded human dignity. We believe therefore that hateful, fearful, unconcerned treatment of persons with a homosexual orientation should be repudiated. We believe that respect for persons with a homosexual orientation involves honest, reasoned, nonviolent sharing of facts concerning the immorality and liability of homosexual behavior. However, endorsing behavior, which the Bible disapproves of, endangers persons and dishonors God. We affirm that both heterosexual and homosexual persons should find help in the church to engage in the Biblical battle against all improper thoughts and behaviors.