Village Missions, Missions, AWANA, Church, Lake City, Cadillac, Michigan, Northern Michigan,



What We Believe


The Word of God

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16-17II Peter 1:20-21Matthew 5:18John 16:12-13.)


The Godhead – The Trinity

We believe in One, Living, Triune God, eternally existing in three personages: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4II Corinthians 13:14I John 5:7.)


The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, and inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27Romans 3:22-23, 5:12Ephesians 2:1-3, 12.)



We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10John 1:12-13, 14:6Ephesians 1:7I Peter 1:18-19I John 5:11-12Romans 10:9-13.)


Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

A. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30Romans 8:1, 38-39I Corinthians 1:4-8I Peter 1:5I John 5:13.)


The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

A. We believe that God is sovereign in bestowing of all His gifts; and the gifts of evangelist, pastor and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scripture were completed and their authority became established. (I Corinthians 12:4-11II Corinthians 12:12Ephesians 4:7-12Romans 12:6-8.)

B. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7I John 5:14-15, 3:20-22.)


The Church

A. We believe that the Church, which is the Body and the engaged bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (Ephesians 1:22-23I Corinthians 12:12-14II Corinthians 11:2.)


B. We believe that the establishment and continuance and local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 20:28-32I Timothy 3:1-13Titus 1:5-11.)



We believe in the Dispensational view of Bible interpretation, but reject the extreme teaching known as “Hyper-Dispensational,” such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord’s Table or water baptism by immersion as a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19-20Acts 2:41-42I Corinthians 11:23-26Romans 6:4-5.)


The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in the Blessed Hope, the personal, imminent, pretribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, (I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9,

I Corinthians 15:51-53Revelation 3:10,) And His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom, (Zechariah 14:4-11Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6.)


The Eternal State

A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46John 5:28-29, 11:25-26Revelation 20:5-6, 12-15.)


B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43Revelation 20:4-5II Corinthians 5:8Philippians 1:23, 3:21I Thessalonians 4:16-17.)


C. We believe that the souls of the unsaved remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when, with soul and body reunited, they all appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26Matthew 25:41-46II Thessalonians 1:7-9Jude 6-7Mark 9:43-48Revelation 20:11-15.