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First Presbyterian Church of Bad Axe

Serving Christ and His Kingdom since 1878

Sunday Mornings at 10:00 A.M.

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"Paul's Gospel Ministry"

From Ephesians 3:1-13. Preached by Pastor Scott McDermand


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"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42)

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Who We Are

Welcome! Here at First Presbyterian, we are a body of believers brought together by the Spirit under one Head - our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our King and our Redeemer, and we seek to glorify him in all that we do. We strive to be obdient to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) and apply the three marks of the Church - the preaching of the gospel, the administration of the sacraments, and discipline. We have something for everyone here at First Presbyterian. We invite you to join us for worship or for one of our community groups and see for yourself!

We are Christian

As Christians, we believe in the doctrine of the Trinity -- Father, Son and Holy Sprit -- and we confess the great ancient creeds and confessions of the Church: the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, and the Athanasian Creed. These are the creeds which all Christians from all times and places have professed to believe.

We are Protestant

As Protestants, while we can trace our beliefs and practices back to the Apostolic Chruch, we can see our historical roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. Because we are Protestants, we believe that salvation is only by God's grace and through faith in Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture for the glory of God (Rom. 3:28; 5:1; Eph. 2:8-10). This was one of the essential beliefs of the Protestant Reformation.

We are Reformed

As Reformed Christians, we profess to believe in the summaries of Scirptue that come from the Protestant Reformation. For us, that means we believe that the Westminster Standards, written in the 1640's, are a faithful summary of scriptural teaching. Thus, our beliefs do not change from day to day or year to year or depending on who our pastor is, but our beliefs about what the Holy Scriptures teach have not changed for nearly 400 years.

We are Presbyterian

As Presbyterians, we believe that the biblical, and thus, God-ordained way of governing his Church is through elders. Therefore, elders are concerned with shepherding the flock of God, protecting her from false doctrine, and making spiritual decisions on her behalf. Presbyterianism began in Scotland during the 16th century Scottish Reformation. However, this system of government is evident throughout the New Testament (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). In addition to elders, Presbyterian churches also have deacons who take care of the physical needs of the flock of God (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:8-13). Our denomination is called the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

What We Believe

We believe in the inspired Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testaments. As a Church in the Reformed tradition, we also believe and confess several ancient Christian creeds from the Early Church as well as the Westminster Standards, written in the 17th century. These statements of faith do not replace the Holy Scriptures, rather, they concisely state what we believe Holy Scriptures to teach.


  • Apostles' Creed
  • Nicene Creed
  • Definitition of Chalcedon
  • Athanasian Creed


  • Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Westminster Larger Catechism
  • Westminster Shorter Catechism

What to Expect

When you come to worship our Triune God with us at First Presbyterian, you can expect a worship service full of the Word, Sacrament, and Prayer. These are the ordinary means of grace that God has given us so that we may properly worship him (Acts 2:42).


Throughout our service, you will hear the Holy Scriptures read, preached, prayed, and sung. From the call to worship, to the singing of psalms, the reading of the law, to the sermon, and the benediction, God speaks to his people by the power of his Holy Spirit working through his Word. This is how he saves, sanctifies, and perseveres his people (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:23). Thus, our service is saturated with the Holy Scriptures.


From the time of the Apostles, in obedience to Christ, the people of God have participated in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20). These are God's means of bringing us into the visible church, sanctifying, us and giving us assurance in Christ. Therefore, we baptize whenever necessary and we participate in the Lord's Supper as frequently as possible.


God speaks to us by his Word and we speak back to him through prayer. We have several prayers in our service, including those that are spoken and those that are sung. It is our privelage to be able to respond to God in prayer and pour out our hearts to him, thus, our service is is full of our prayers to him.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us if you have any questions regarding our church.

Office Information

112 E. Woodworthth Street, Bad Axe, MI 48413


(989) 269-7161

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