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
The Bible is the supreme source of truth and is powerful enough to change lives. The Bible is God's word. At Lapeer Community Church, we believe God's word is relevant to life today and we teach it that way. The Bible is filled with guidelines about how to live happy, fulfilling lives. It teaches us about the value of wisdom, honesty, and love. The Bible shows us how life on earth should be lived, from birth through the golden years. God's word also tells us about life after death. The principles in the Bible are universal. It tells us how to handle stress and conflict with others. It also teaches us how to reach out to others in love. When we have struggles in life, the Bible teaches us about God's tender restoration process. The Bible tells us that God forgives us when we ask him to, and he expects us to forgive others.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's only Son. We believe that Jesus, who was perfect, came to earth to die for the sins we've committed. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John chapter 3, verses 16 & 17 Through Jesus, God offers all of us a free gift that we can accept or reject. It is the gift of complete forgiveness. We've all made poor choices. Big or small, these "sins" separate us from God, who is perfect. Like it or not, we deserve to be punished. By voluntarily dying on the cross, Jesus Christ took our punishment. Salvation is totally free and available to you right now. You don't have to become a better person first. God loves you, and he wants to spend eternity with you.
Your Decision Has Eternal Value
At Lapeer Community Church, we are never going to pressure you into any decision. But if you're ready to be a follower of Christ - a Christian - just pray something like this in your own words. "Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner and that I cannot save myself. I believe you loved me so much you sent Jesus to die on the cross for my mistakes and I believe you raised him from the dead. I ask you to forgive my sins and come into my heart, right here and now. I want you to take over my life. Please be the manager of all my thoughts, words, and actions from now on. Thank you." If you've decided to trust Jesus with your life, we congratulate you! Growing in your new relationship with God means you'll need to have daily conversations with God through prayer, and you'll need to study his plan for your life by reading his word, the Bible. God also asks us to connect to a local group of people who have made the decision you just made.
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.
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