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Whether you are new to the area, just passing through or in need of a new church home... we welcome you to join us each Sunday at 9:00 am or
Monday night at 7:00 pm.

We are located in Fruitport Township, just minutes from the Lakes Mall area. Click here to contact us.

Bible Based

We believe that the Bible is fully sufficient, clearly teaching people all they need to know to get to heaven. It makes them “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15), and it equips them for “every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

Our Family

We pray you feel a part of our church family from your very first visit!

Our family consists of a growing representation of our area - from young and established familes to single and retired members.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Questions & Answers

  • There is no mistranslation involved in the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. “Lead us not into temptation” is an accurate translation of the Greek. The verb can mean “lead, bring in or carry in.” The challenge can be answering the question: “What does this mean?” I cannot improve on Martin Luther’s answer to that question in his Small Catechism: “God surely tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins; and though we are tempted by them, we pray that we may overcome and win the victory.” Luther offered similar thoughts in his Large Catechism: “This, then is leading us not into temptation, to wit, when He gives us power and strength to resist, the temptation, however, not being taken away or removed. For while we live in the flesh and have the devil about us, no one can escape temptation and allurements; and it cannot be otherwise than that we must endure trials, yea, be engulfed in them; but we pray for this, that we may not fall and be drowned in them.” Luther’s thoughts point to James 1:13-15: “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” Scripture clearly teaches that God does not tempt anyone to sin. Scripture plainly identifies Satan as “the tempter” (Matthew 4:3). When we use the prayer Jesus taught us, we do what he first told his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38). As we let “Scripture interpret Scripture,” we understand what “Lead us not into temptation” means and does not mean. That approach to biblical interpretation helps us understand other Bible passages that, on the surface, can be confusing.

  • Providing a service and receiving compensation for that service would not be considered unionism. There is a difference between the kind of employment you mention and a person joining in the worship services of the church or promoting the church’s teachings. Your conscience of course is something to keep in mind. The Bible instructs us not to act against our conscience (Romans 14:23). You may find it helpful to consult with your pastor in this regard. God grant you help and healing in your struggles.