What we mean when we say "Connect, Grow, Share"
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment’.” (Matthew 22:37–38).
As you can see in Scripture, loving God is very important to God. We as a church are working very hard to love God with everything we have. We aren’t perfect at it, but connecting with our Creator is our highest priority. Why? Because it was His highest priority to connect with us when He sent His only Son to seek and save those who were lost!
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
People are very important to our Heavenly Father and so, as a church body, people are important to us. It is our sincere desire to love people right where they’re at in life. We don’t wait for people to clean up and change to love them because we are still being cleaned up and changing too!
Sunday Morning Worship is our opportunity to come together as a body to express our love, admiration, and appreciation for who God is and what He continues to do for us. While we can connect with God at any time throughout the week because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Sundays are a very special time where we come together to encourage one another in our walk with our Savior.
Before our morning service, we gather together to pray. This is our time as brothers and sisters in Christ, to come before our Lord and seek His face about personal issues, family challenges, world situations, and anything that is on our hearts. It is a crucial time, for we believe that where there is prayer, there is power.
Our Connection Groups have become a vital part of church life. The purpose of small group ministry is to provide an opportunity for a group of people to come together to share burdens, pray, hold one another accountable, and reach people for Jesus. This is not a classroom teaching ministry, rather it is meant to provide a place where relationships can deepen, and the “one another” passages found in the Scriptures can be realized. Our connection groups meet throughout the week.
We are a church family, and it is important to keep everyone informed. We believe in being transparent. After all, we’re family! Every other month on a Sunday evening we carve out some time to have food, fellowship, and communication about what is happening in our body. This is also the time when we do baptisms and bring in new members. This time is informal and fun- a great time to be with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
We take growth in Christ seriously at Allendale Baptist Church. Our morning service offers messages directly out of the text of the Bible. We believe it is very important to know what the Lord tells us, and to do it! He has written a book and it is our goal to know this book as thoroughly as possible. Each Sunday morning we work our way through a passage of the Bible in order to gain a clearer idea of His will for our lives.
We also offer equipping classes that equip believers in many different ways. We offer practical classes on topics such as studying the Bible, parenting, marriage, and finances. For those interested in going a little deeper, we offer classes in Systematic and Biblical Theology, Old and New Testament Survey, Apologetics, and World Religions. We believe the word of God has much to say in all areas of life.
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“Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2
As a Christian, have you ever wondered why the Lord has kept you around? When you became a follower of Jesus, why didn’t he simply bring you home to be with Him? The answer is clear in Scripture- to share the love of Jesus with those who do not know Him as their Lord and Savior. The reality is, if someone dies without this crucial relationship, if they fail to obey the gospel, they will be separated from God for all eternity in Hell. Our privilege as Christians is to share what God has accomplished through Jesus Christ. After all, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13).
At Allendale Baptist Church we currently financially support 3 different missionary families serving in Southeast Asia, Ecuador, and Australia.
The mission of the Family LIFE Center is to demonstrate the love of Christ to young women experiencing unplanned pregnancies by equipping them for the challenges of Life.
Lakeshore Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered ministry that responds to unplanned pregnancy and believes that every life matters, healthy relationships are vital, Biblical sexuality is possible and Hope is eternal.
Love, INC’s mission is to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.
Ratio Christi is a ministry devoted to defending truth and Christianity in secular universities. ABC supports a chapter here in Allendale at Grand Valley State University. We desire to see Christian students strengthen their relationship with Christ and pursue fellow students for Christ.
The Forgotten Man Ministries’ primary purpose is evangelism and discipleship among inmates in Michigan County Jails.
The Gideons International is an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments.