Norton Shores Bible Preaching
black lake baptist church
We are an Independent Baptist church located on Pontaluna Rd. in Norton Shores, MI
OUR SERVICE TIMES
SUNDAY MORNING - 11:00AM
Our Sunday Morning service will challenge you to not just learn the Word of God on a deeper level, but to live what you read and hear
SUNDAY EVENING - 5:00PM
Come back Sunday Evening to learn and fellowship and be fueled to go into the new week living for the Lord
WEDNESDAY EVENING - 7:00PM
Join us for our mid-week service. Our Wednesday night service will help keep you rooted in the Word of God and helpful fellowship with other believers
Our latest livestream
We don’t always livestream every service, but we do quite a bit of livestreaming. This is not a replacement for physically attending our church or any other church. This is hoped to be a tool to keep people that cannot attend connected and be used in reaching people in our community.
THE BUTTON BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO OUR LIVE BROADCAST DURING OUR SERVICE TIMES IF WE ARE STREAMING. THE EMBEDED VIDEO WILL SHOW OUR LAST LIVESTREAM.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
from the pastor
God, in His perfect plan for the church, has provided pastors to “feed the flock of God which is among you,” I Peter 5:2. It is my desire, though the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, that each saved person in the church continually experience personal growth and personal ministry. That they be well fed by the church and hard working in the church. So come to the table and be fed! Then enter into the field and work!
Pastor Garth Hutchison
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Rightfully dividing the Word of truth is important to us because we truly desire to let God’s Word direct every aspect of our lives
THE SCRIPTURES AND THE GODHEAD
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, “as it is in truth, the Word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 12:6-8).
The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages we accept and use; the King James version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons- 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 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (2 Corinthians 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 1:22; 14:21-22).
MAN AND THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that mankind is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for mankind; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).
THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that individuals are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1-2).
THE CHURCH AND ITS ORDINANCES
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began with Christ and the Apostles, was empowered at Pentecost, and will be caught up to be with Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scripture (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church-free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
BIBLICAL SEPARATION AND THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all wordly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2, 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe the “Blessed Hope”of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation, Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on earth (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 10:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4).
OUR ETERNAL STATE
OUR ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that 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 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when, with body and soul reunited, they shall 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 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
“let the word of christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the lord”
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842 E. PONTALUNA RD. MUSKEGON, MI 49444