STEWART ROAD'S MISSION AND VALUES
Our church is part of the historical Pentecostal movement that began at the turn of the 20th century. This means that we believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in exercising the biblical gifts of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit "indwells" every believer in Jesus Christ at the time of salvation. We believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service. Sometimes this happens at the time of salvation or more often after a decision of faith. This "infilling" of the Holy Spirit is a distinct work from the "indwelling" of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness. He imparts His supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and various works of ministry.
Because our church has a rich history of nearly 80 years in Monroe, we have people of all ages. We have a deep appreciation for our heritage. However, our fellowship does not focus on preserving the past. We understand that our faith and ministry will find expressions for each new generation. We remain true to the Word of God but allow for ministry to find a voice that speaks clearly to each generation. At our church, everyone is welcome!
The population of Monroe County, Michigan is not statistically diverse. However, our church family represents various cultures and ethnicities. Our commonality is our relationship in Jesus Christ, who makes us one even though we are diverse. A family is not perfect, except when we love each other as Christ taught us, Our Savior is honored and the Holy Spirit keeps us together in unity.
When you hear our fellowship stories, you realize that while we have come from different backgrounds, our lives were radically changed when we came to know Jesus Christ. That difference in our lives motivates us to express ourselves during worship. Some people may bounce and clap their hands, others stand and cry in the midst of worship. Even though worship is done corporately, it is a personal expression. We only ask that one's expression of worship does not become a hindrance to others by taking away attention from the God we
gather to worship.
While we seek to be motivated and inspired by the Sunday sermon, we recognize that the most important aspect of preaching is that the Word of God is taught and applied to our lives. The Bible teaches us about salvation and about how to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We value the teaching of the Bible that explains how we can grow as believers.
We believe the purpose of gathering together as believers on Sunday or during other activities, is to build each other up so that we live our lives in a way that honors Jesus Christ. We also witness the grace and mercy of God to non-believers.