As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.
Apostolic Fellowship Church, Plymouth, Ohio, Steve and Kathy Luna, pastors. (No web presence)
Minister: To minister restoration to the lost and downtrodden through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus the Christ and to a meaningful relationship with Him.
Luke 14:23 “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus loves you and wants to meet your needs.
Come as you are
Everyone is Welcome
The church sums up its doctrine this way:
The doctrine of the church is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is recognized as God-inspired, infallible, and inerrant. New Testament teachings are carefully followed, and counsel and advice are sought from examples found in the Old Testament.
We believe salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. True faith is evidenced by obedience to God’s Word, which instructs a soul to do as the Lord Jesus emphatically taught, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The biblical pattern of repentance is observed, which includes godly sorrow for a past sinful life, confession of sins, restitution for past wrongs, and becoming dead to sin. The wonderful and matchless grace of God is given to those who are humble in heart, along with peace and forgiveness from God.
Following conversion, which is manifested by a new walk of life in Christ, the convert gives a testimony of his or her faith and conversion experience to the congregation. This is followed by water baptism by immersion. Baptism symbolizes the burial of the old sinful nature into the death of Christ, and the subsequent rising of a soul out of the baptismal waters as a new creature in Christ Jesus. This is followed by the laying on of hands, whereby a church elder prays over the new member. This prayer acknowledges and entreats the presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart, and consecrates the new child of God into a life of service for him. The new member is thus formally united with the church, which is Christ’s body.
Self-denial, separation from sin and unfruitful works, and nonconformity to worldliness are integral parts of the Christian walk of life and they lead to a life of peace and joy.
This new life in Christ is exemplified by sincere effort to reflect his virtuous character in one’s thoughts, words and deeds. Despite trials, temptation, and potential sorrow, God’s grace is sufficient for humble hearts to walk with happiness and contentment in the love of Christ and to rejoice in the hope of heaven-if they are true and faithful until life’s end.
A cursory reading of their doctrine leads me to conclude Apostolic Christian is King James-only, pacifistic, and requires women to wear head coverings. Their beliefs seem to be a mix of Church of Christ/Baptist/Mennonite doctrine.
Ashley Love Divine Baptist Church, Ashley, Indiana, Phillip Lucas, pastor. (Facebook) Ashley Love Divine is Evangelical in doctrine. On the church’s FAQ page, the following question is asked and answered:
What should I wear? Anything is fine, we do ask that it is apportiate [sic] attire though.
If “anything” is fine, why does it need to be “appropriate?” Isn’t this the exact opposite of “anything?”