As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon in recent weeks.
St. John Lutheran Church, Stryker, Ohio, Jeffrey Corder, pastor. St John Lutheran is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod — the Fundamentalists of the Lutheran world. I hate to break it to Corder and his flock, but their “Sundays” are definitely not better than the sundaes at Dairy Queen.
The Church of Jesus Christ, Montpelier, Ohio, Calvin Blaine Pennington, pastor. I did not know that Jesus made a trip to Montpelier, Ohio in 33 A.D. to start a church. This church is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ in Portage, Indiana. These churches believe:
We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and is the SOLE authority on every subject. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Almighty God. Rev. 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” God put on the robe of flesh and walked here on earth for 33 years to fulfill prophecy for the New Testament Church, which is The Church of Jesus Christ. According to the Word, John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” The Church of Jesus Christ believes that everyone must take His word seriously, John 8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I Am He ye shall die in your sins.”
We follow God’s Plan of salvation. Acts 2:38, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Baptism is by immersion in water only. The evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost is according to Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” John 3:5 states, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” We must then live a clean, holy, and dedicated life to Jesus Christ thereafter taking diligent heed to the Word.
The Church of Jesus Christ must be found faithful to His Word. We must be partakers of Communion service. This service consists of the Lord’s Supper and Foot Washing. 1 Cor. 11:24, 25, “And when he had given thanks, he brake it and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (25) After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” John 13:14, 15, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. (15) For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you.”
Watch, pray, forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, give your tithes and offerings, so that YOU can be counted among the faithful when our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, comes back in a “cloud with power and great glory!”
Turning Point Pentecostal Church, Archbold, Ohio, Jason Clutter, pastor. (website) Turning Point is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International. The church believes:
On the Bible: We firmly believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is inerrant, reliable, and holds the key to every human need.
On Salvation: We hold to the same instructions given by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2:38. Full salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ, repentance from sin, water baptism by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues.
On the Deity of Jesus Christ: We believe that there is only one God who has manifested Himself to the world in the person of Jesus Christ. The divine nature that resided in Christ was the selfsame Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Holy Spirit of the Church age.
On Holiness: We teach that a born again believer should live pleasing to God in every aspect of life. The Scriptures make clear that dress, conduct, amusements, speech, and all activities are vital to basic Christianity.
On Miracles and Divine Healing: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. God can heal, deliver, and work miracles today just as He did in the Bible. We have the right and confidence to trust Him for this in Jesus Name.