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OUR BELIEFS

It is important to know what Bear Lake UMC believes as you make your decision whether or not this is the church you want to attend.

We are a Bible-believing church that embraces the Apostles Creed (SEE BELOW) and the traditions of the Church throughout history.

Specifically, we believe:

SALVATION

We believe that salvation comes from faith alone. 

The Apostle Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph 2:8-10 NIV).

BORN AGAIN

Jesus said, “Jesus replied, "I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3 NLT).

We believe that in order to be born again, one must confess his sin, repent of it (turn away), and ask Jesus to become Lord of his life.

We believe “. . . if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Rom 10:9-11 NLT).

POWER OVER SIN

When a person is born-again, her sin is forgiven and she is indwelt by the Holy Spirit who gives her power over sin. 

“Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin” (Rom 6:5-8 NLT)

GOOD WORKS

We know that as faithful followers of Christ, we are called to good works.  The Apostle James says, “. . . faith without works is dead” (James 2:26 NRSV). 

Please go to our Ministries page to read about all we are doing in our community. We encourage everyone in the body to serve.   We believe not only are the recipients helped, but service matures us and transforms us to be more like Christ.

MEETING TOGETHER

Bear Lake UMC is a medium-sized church comprised of people of all ages and backgrounds.  We seek to live together in unity and love. 

We believe what the author of Hebrews writes, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near” (Heb 10:25 NLT). 

We draw strength and encouragement from each other, and welcome all newcomers to our “family.”

CHRIST’S BODY

We believe we are the body of Christ. 

The Apostle Paul writes, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of His one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others” (Rom 12:3-5 NLT).

As Christ’s body, we are each given different gifts for service. 

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well” (Rom 12:6 NLT) and “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church” (1 Cor 12:7 NLT).

It is our responsible to discern our gift/s and to use them for the glory of God and benefit of His body, our fellow believers.

TITHING AND GENEROSITY

God calls us to generous giving. 

“The righteous are generous and keep giving” (Ps 37:21 NRSV).

Our generosity is in response to the generosity of Christ. 

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9-10 NRSV).

The smallest part of our generosity should be expressed in our financial tithe to the church. 

Scripture indicates that a faithful tithe is 10% of our income. 

True generosity is expressed in giving beyond the tithe, in special gifts and offerings.

We realize that sometimes people need to grow in faith before they can tithe.  But we encourage each member of the church to at least know what percentage of income they are giving so they can work their way up to the tithe.

God does not need our money.  We give because we are called to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth, and the ministries of our church depend on faithful givers!

LOVE

We believe God IS love (1 John 4:16), and that our highest calling is to love others as Christ loves us.  We define love as the Apostle Paul does in 1 Corinthians 13.

If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Cor 13:1-7 NLT).

We know that an active spirit of offense seeks to bring disunity and disruption to the church.  We refuse to harbor offense towards other believers. 

We believe we are called to forgive those who wrong us, and we strive to forgive others as Christ forgives us.

Apostles' Creed

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

5. The third day he rose again from the dead:

6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

10. The forgiveness of sins:

1l. The resurrection of the body:

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.






















Bear Lake United Methodist Church

7861 Main St.
Bear Lake, Michigan 49614
231.864.3680

Mailing address: PO Box 157, Bear Lake, MI 49614

Worship:

9:30 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
12:30 PM Adult Sunday School
                
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