"Connections" isn't just our name, it's our reason for existing!
Jesus alleviated suffering and corrected injustice.
We are driven to be Christ's agents of mercy and relief in the world, expressing the love of Jesus
through meeting tangible needs in addressing pressing concerns.
Jesus taught us that acceptance precedes transformation.
We are driven to be a church where people can come as they are, accepted for who they are,
and grow into all they could be.
Jesus spoke to the matters that mattered to people, and he did so in ways they could relate to
and understand. We are driven to address the questions and concerns that people have,
communicating in styles that best connect with people we are called to reach.
Jesus asks for, and deserves, our very best, as do the people we serve.
We are driven to bring our "A" game to all of you do, and to become the very best people
we can be.
At Connections, we are a church who believes the full life Jesus came to make possible is experienced when people are enjoying a close relationship with God, when they are living in rich community with others, and when they are doing the very things they were created by God to do. When such connections are made, we heal and we grow into the people we were created to be.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS TRUE
We can trust the bible to tell us the truth about God, about relationships, about ourselves, about life and about the afterlife. The Bible uses the most common literary forms to communicate: poetry, metaphor, story, proverbs and figures of speech. Taking the Bible literally means understanding these forms of communication. There is no ancient document that has held up to scientific, textual, historical and archeological scrutiny like the Bible.
WE BELIEVE THERE IS ONE TRUE GOD
God is a personal being, not an impersonal force. God has always existed and always will exist. The Trinity is a mystery, a paradox. There is only one God, but that God exists as three Persons: A Father who is God, a Son who is God and a Spirit who is God. The trinity is the foundation for personhood, relationship and community.
WE BELIEVE GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-KNOWING, ALL-CARING
God is unlimited. He knows everything. He can do anything. He loves everyone. This is why God can be trusted.
WE BELIEVE GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT
We are not here by chance or accident. Human beings, and the world we live in, were designed and brought into being by God. This is the basis for the Christian understanding that our lives have meaning and purpose, and that every person matters.
WE BELIEVE ETERNAL LIFE IS A FREE GIFT
Jesus lived the perfect life we could never live, then died on the cross to make an atonement for every sin of every person who ever lived. Salvation is a free gift, available to everyone. When we place our faith in Jesus to lead us in life and make us right with God, He forgives us for all our sin and brings us back into a relationship with Him.
WE BELIEVE JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND HE IS COMING BACK
After dying, Jesus rose from the dead. He is alive today, having ascended back into heaven. His Spirit is present in the world today. At a time unknown, Jesus will return to earth to usher in a time of global peace and prosperity.
WE BELIEVE EVERYONE EXPERIENCES AN AFTERLIFE
The end in this life is the beginning of the next either in God's presence or separated from Him. What we believe and do in this life determines where, and how, we'll experience the next life. God will make sure that every wrong gets righted, and that every right gets rewarded.
We believe that God has assembled the right team of people to lead this church. We are blessed to have a staff who truly understands the urgency of the gospel, and has a heart to reach the people of southwest Michigan.