Our Mission & Vision

Grace Bible Church exists for the purpose of Biblical teaching and preaching, the building of relationships, the accountability to God and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and the developing of intimacy with God, with a view of reaching our world for Christ and His glory. Acts 2:42, 47

Grace Bible Church aims to fulfill our mission by: (1) Providing teaching and preaching in a variety of settings, (2) Providing fellowship through activities, special trips, and a variety of special events, (3) Providing accountability by personal contact, prayer for everyone, and self-examination by the participation of the Lord’s Supper, (4) Developing intimacy with God by encouraging study of God’s Word and seeking Him in prayer, and at times, fasting, (5) Reaching our community by a verbal witness of the Gospel, or and invitation to a service, that springs from a God-honoring lifestyle, to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone that may be reached with the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ.
 
 
 

Leadership

Pastor Edward Lassley
 

Pastor Edward Lassley trusted Jesus as his personal Savior at a young age while his family attended the Bible Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. At the age of 16 he surrendered his life to preach God’s Word. In 1982 he began his pastoral training at Baptist Bible College. While at BBC he met and married Karen Lynn Mann from Trenton, Michigan. Both graduated from BBC in 1990. Pastor Ed has a Graduate of Theology diploma and Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as a Master of Ministry degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. Karen received a Certificate of Ministry from BBC. The Lassley’s have three children and one grandchild. Christopher Edward Lassley is married to DeAnn and gave birth to Titus Edward they live in Lansing and serve at Grace Bible Church. Bryan James Lassley is a senior at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. Allison Faye Lassley (Ally) is a sophomore at Pensacola Christian College.

    After having served churches in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois, Pastor Ed was led to Grace Bible Church of Lansing, Michigan. It is his desire and goal to see GBC grow to honor and serve God by reaching the area and the world for Jesus Christ!
 
 
 

What we believe:

 

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.

God Is Sovereign Creator Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

God Is Holy God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, You shall be holy, for I am holy.

Mankind Is Sinful According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: There is no man who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands a Penalty God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.

Jesus Is Lord and Savior Romans 10:9 says, If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).