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In this section of our guide, we will list online resources for ministries and places of worship in Sanford, Michigan.

These may include churches and religious programs in Sanford, regardless of the particular religion, denomination, or sect.

A recent survey suggests that the residents of Sanford are slightly more religious than those in the average Michigan locality and slightly less religious than those in the average American city, town, or village.

Of those who indicated an affiliation with a religion, the overwhelming majority were Christians. While the Protestants outnumbered the Catholics, the Roman Catholics were the predominant single denomination. The Catholics were followed by the Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Mormons, Baptists, and Episcopalians, although more than six percent indicated an affiliation with a Protestant or Anabaptist denomination that wasn't part of the survey, or with various non-denominational churches.

Other topics related to faith, religion, and spirituality in Sanford are also appropriate for this category. In some contexts, these terms can be used interchangeably, and often are, but they are individual words with unique definitions.

In the context of Christianity, faith suggests a strong belief, trust, and obedience to God. Ephesians 2:8-9 holds that faith is the means of salvation.

In another context, faith can be synonymous with religion, as in the Christian faith, the Islamic faith, and so on. Religion is a set of formalized beliefs and includes ritual, social, and ethical elements combined with a belief in an unseen world, and often a deity.

Spirituality is more complex, with various definitions. In general terms, spirituality involves a search for meaning in life, or a worldview, and does not require a belief in a deity. Since Christianity is the primary religion in Sanford, we will examine that context. In the context of Christianity, spirituality generally indicates the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian experience.



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