Jesus is everything to us. He is the focus of our worship (Phil 2:9-11). He is the image of the invisible God, the Head of the Church, and the Creator and sustainer of all things (Col 1:15-20). Because of His all-sufficient death and victorious resurrection, we can have new Life in Him (Rom 5:1-2). This means He allows us to not only be reconciled to God, but to one another (2 Cor 5:18-19). Because of this, we passionately want everyone to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Since all of Scripture points us to Jesus (Luke 24:25-27), we are committed to learning and knowing God's Word within the context it was written. That is why we believe it is important to preach through entire books of the bible at a time. This helps us see God's plan of redemption from Genesis to Revelation.
Not only that, we are committed to live out what Scripture commands us to do (James 1:22). The greatest commandment Jesus gave us, as His disciples, is to love God and love one another (John 13:35).
We named our church Battle Creek Community Church for two reasons: we are passionate about community in the church, and we are passionate about the community our church is in.
When we talk about community in the church, we're talking about living as family: loving each other, caring for each other's needs, and encouraging each other to become more and more like Christ. We believe this can most effectively be done in Small Groups.
When we talk about the community our church is in, we mean making a real difference in the City of Battle Creek. We've committed to do this by supporting several local Community Ministry Parters who are doing incredible ministry in our community. We are honored to partner with them, and grateful for what they do.
Because we feel so strongly about community in the church, we believe it's important for people to commit to become a member of a local church. This is how each church knows primarily who they are to care for spiritually and physically.
Those who are entrusted to shepherd the flock in the church are called Elders (1 Tim 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-5) At Battle Creek Community Church, we believe that God has called men into this role as representative heads of the church. We believe that the biblical model is for there to be a plurality of elders, of which the senior pastor is one.
Although we believe Scripture reserves the role of elder for men, we encourage the gifts of teaching to be used by both men and women in our pulpit. Anyone who preaches on a Sunday morning does so under the authority of the elders.