We are a dynamic and active Christian community in Marshall, Michigan, united by our faith and fellowship in the gospel. Christ is our life. Scripture is our foundation. Worship is our lifestyle. Witness is our calling.
To make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of God.
To be a catalyst for the Great Commission by making disciples in our own community, then expanding outward to start new churches, strengthen existing churches, and send missionaries to the earth's farthest reaches--for the glory of God and the transformation of our world,
By God's grace, we will grow larger through outreach. We are reaching out every week with the gospel and good deeds, believing that God will use our efforts to draw many people to himself. We want people to know that the gospel is the solution to our most pressing problems, that gospel-shaped people are the change agents the world needs, and that living a gospel-centered life is the only path to everlasting joy.
By God's grace, we will grow deeper through discipleship. Like the apostles before us, we seek to impart the whole counsel of God to as many people as we can, so as many as possible might have the opportunity to grow into full Christian maturity. To this end, we maintain a variety of classes, retreats, counseling, mentoring, and small group opportunities throughout the year.
By God's grace, we will grow closer through fellowship. Christ never intended for his followers to be like islands. His plan was for them to share their lives, their joys, their hopes, their pains, and their struggles with one another. He wanted their lives to overlap together in community, talking to one another, praying for one another, studying his Word with one another, and working alongside one another in ministry. This is what fellowship is all about, and at Grace we offer many fellowship opportunities--from Community Groups to Grace Café.
By God's grace, we will grow our affections through worship. We were made to worship--to glorify God with our hearts and voices. At Grace, we encourage every person to cultivate a lifestyle of worship that permeates every department of life. As a church, we also gather every Sunday morning to worship God together through congregational singing, prayers, Scripture readings, Scripture-based sermons and more in a worship event that is both serious and celebratory.
By God's grace, we will grow the gospel's influence through multiplication. We are passionate about spreading the fame of Jesus' name in our city, across the country, and around the world. We hold annual training seminars for pastors in south-central Michigan so they can become better communicators of God's Word. We send and support American church planters, international missionaries, and overseas Bible teachers and translators. We pray fervently for the advancement of the gospel around the world. We will not rest until "the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
Built into the DNA of Grace Baptist Church are the following distinctives:
Biblical Evangelism: We are committed to pursuing gospel ministry without ploys or gimmicks.
Reformation Theology: We are committed to teaching what accords with sound doctrine.
Expositional Preaching: We are committed to preaching the whole counsel of God--verse by verse, book by book.
Reverent Worship: We are committed to "offering God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe" (Hebrews 12:28)
Family Integration: We are committed to multi-generational ministry which unites children and adults in worship and service.
We enjoy rich partnerships with likeminded churches and ministries all across the country for the sake of planting new churches, strengthening established churches, sending missionaries overseas, and training the next generation of gospel ministers.