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What to Expect on Sunday Service

Our Worship Services begin every Sunday at 10:30am, and are usually over by noon. Before church begins, we offer coffee, tea, and refreshments in our community room. We begin our church service with some contemporary worship music played by our full band. Our team plays mostly modern worship music with some of the classics and hymns mixed in. Our congregation (or as we say… our Truth family) will make any newcomer feel welcome – right at home. There is a wonderful balance of church members of all ages. We have many young families with babies, toddlers and teens. And we have a large number of older members too. We begin our church service with everybody together in the sanctuary. About 25 minutes later, we dismiss our Sunday School children to their respective classes. Sunday School is separated into two classes. Kindergarten age and younger are in one class, while 1st through 5th graders go to another. For the adults, the sermon lessons are more educational in nature (Feel free to listed to an mp3 above for an example). We strongly believe in the importance of learning God’s Word and applying it to our lives. Please see our values and doctrinal beliefs on the home page for more information. And don’t hesitate to call and set up a time to meet with pastor Brian for any other questions.

End Times 7 – The Tribulation

In part 7, we look at the first few years of the Tribulation period. Christ’s teaching in Matthew 24 syncs up with the 7 seals of judgment in Revelation 6. We will go over these details of these apocalyptic events. We close this lesson by discussing the purpose of the 144,000 witnesses. Click the play button below to listen to

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End Times 6 – Israel’s Future

In part 6 of the 2019 end-times series, we focus on 3 things. 1, how the entire church program was a mystery to Israel. 2, the timeline of the 70 Weeks Prophesy of Daniel. 3, how the anti-christ can not come to power until the church is taken out of his way. Click the play button below to listen to

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End Times 5 – The Marriage of the Lamb

In part 5 of the 2019 end-times series, we continue to look at the saint’s experience in heaven during the Tribulation. This lesson discusses how time works in heaven, the believer’s mansions in heaven, and the 3 stages of the Marriage of the Lamb followed by the Marriage Supper. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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End Times 4 – The Judgment Seat

In part 4 of the 2019 end-times series, we begin to focus on what the raptured believers will experience in heaven while the unbelievers are left on the earth for 7 years. The main emphasis of this lesson concerns the Judgment Seat – where every believer will be rewarded for their good works. Click the play button below to listen

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End Times 2 – The End Of The Church Age

In part 2 of the end-times series, we look at the one and only sign of the end of the church age – the falling away of the church. We’ll learn about what the last days church looks like from description from the 7 church phases as defined by the letters to the 7 churches in Asia from Revelation 2-3. 

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End Times 1 – Worldly VS Spiritual People

In part 1 of the end-times series, we look at how worldly people make the earth and the things in it a part of their permanent residence. This is different than spiritual people who view heaven as their home.  Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Water Baptism And The Holy Spirit

Today we look at the difference between water baptism and being baptized with the Holy Spirit. We’ll see how the water baptism is a physical symbol of the Spirit baptism. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Who’s Counting On You?

In this teaching, we look at the story of the rich man and Lazarus. After they died, Lazarus went to Paradise and the rich man went to hell. From hell, he thought about ways to reach his family with the truth of Jesus Christ. Think about who has passed away in your life. Who is counting on you to reach

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Knowing God

In this teaching, we see how God’s once chosen nation of people disregarded or twisted the words of scripture over many years. By neglecting God’s word, they no longer KNEW God. When Jesus arrived, the Jews didn’t even recognize Him as the promised Messiah. Since there was such a great challenge with God’s children keeping the scriptures in their heart,

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The Main Goal

This lesson points out the goals in our life in order from greatest to least important. As Simon Peter’s life illustrates, Christians go through a process by which God should climb higher and higher in our order of priorities. Sanctification comes when God is at the top of our list. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Prayer Lessons Part 4 – Provision & Forgiveness

Part 4 of this prayer series focuses on praying for God’s provision and forgiveness. With provision, there are wants and needs that God supplies according to our eternal benefit. With forgiveness, there is an initial prayer of repentance that opens the door for all other communication between us and God. A must hear for all believers! Click the play button

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Prayer Lessons Part 3 – God’s Will

Part 3 of this prayer series deals with how we need to pray in faith while still praying according to God’s perfect plan for our lives. This lesson shows examples in scripture of some prayer requests being answered and some that were not. In every case, we need to trust that only God knows best as only He can see

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Prayer Lessons Part 2 – Activating Faith

Part 2 of this prayer series deals with how we prepare our hearts before we go into prayer. Activating our faith is when we focus on the awesome power of almighty God. This way, we don’t have to pray with any doubt. The example used here is the woman with the issue of blood as she touches the hem of

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Prayer Lessons Part 1 – Culture

This is part one of a five-part series on prayer. This lesson shows how the culture of prayer changed between the close of the Old Testament period, and the time beginning of the New Testament. When Jesus came to the world, He had to re-establish what true prayer was like. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Lessons From Esther Part 5

As this series nears the end, we learn about how Esther’s fasting and prayer puts her in a position to approach King Xerxes. God intervenes in many ways in order to expose the wickedness of Haman. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Lessons From Esther Part 4

In this lesson, we are introduced to the evil Amalekite named Haman. Haman was the 2nd person in command in King Xerxes’ empire. Since Mordecai’s Jewish faith would not allow him to bow to Haman, a plan was set in motion to kill all the Jews throughout the empire. We close the lesson as Mordecai and Esther begin to respond

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Lessons From Esther Part 3

Today, we talk about how Esther and the other women live at the king’s harem. They all spend atleast a year preparing for one night with Xerxes. After the 4-year long contest, the king finally meets the woman of his dreams – an orphaned, Jewish girl named Esther.  Listen to how God prepared Esther and remained faithful to her through

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Lessons From Esther Part 2

In part 2, pastor Brian discusses King Xerxes’ regret for banishing Queen Vashti from the Persian Empire. The king’s advisers come up with a plan to hold a beauty contest for the king. We look at 4 life lessons along the way – and we’re finally introduced to Esther. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Lessons From Esther Part 1

In this series intro, we discuss the timetable and setting for the story of Esther. About 500bc, Persia was the world’s superpower with King Xerxes as its leader. This lesson gives you a powerful image of the unfavorable conditions for women during this time – making the story of Esther an incredible miracle. Click the play button below to listen

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A Wedding Lesson

We continue this week with the teachings of Jesus and discuss marriage and weddings. Jesus came to be the fulfillment of the marriage covenant. Earthly marriages point to a future eternal marriage when we will be made one with Christ. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Being A Peacekeeper

In this lesson, Jesus teaches Christians how to deal peacefully with racism, gender and political divide. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Satan’s Strategy

Today’s lesson is one of the most serious of Christ’s teachings that you’ll ever hear. Jesus explains how the devil uses evil spirits to influence and trap people. Pastor Brian breaks this teaching down and explains how the devil uses this process for modern day temptations like addictions, adultery, fear, porn, and more. Click the play button below to listen

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Jesus Is My Well

This is an in-depth teaching about the woman at the well in John 4. In this lesson, we go over four ways that people keep going back to the well instead of having satisfaction in Christ. These four ways are the love of worldly things, the need for signs and wonders, the need for acceptance, and the need to be

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History

The Church of Truth Ministries was founded on February 23rd, 2008 by a group of believers with a vision of Bible education and outreach. This church was reorganized in the state of Ohio as a nonprofit 501c3 Corporation on April 3, 2008. By June of 2008, the church grew out of its original small office building and moved to a larger building in Harbor Lights Landing – both of which were in Port Clinton, Ohio. By June of 2009, we were able to purchase the former Portage Elementary School building. With 38,000 square feet of space to work with, God has given us the room and the opportunities to reach out to our local communities through dozens of different ministries. The many different ways that the church serves the local community is what truly defines the purpose of Truth Ministries. 

Core Values

Outreach and Serving Others 
At Truth Ministries, we try to create a contagious and fulfilling love for serving people in need. This value is very important to us because most of what Jesus did was not in a church setting; it was in homes, in the streets, and in many hostile places. We understand that before we can lead, we must serve. Christ sets this example for us to follow in Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. We serve our community through many different ministries. Some of these ways include our community service work program, our food pantry (which targets mostly elderly and disabled people), our resale store, the community use of our gymnasium, our free community dinners, helping people in need, and visiting/praying for the sick. Although we don’t always see the impact on the lives we touch, we know seeds are being planted and roots are being spread out through our area. Serving our area through outreach shows that we are an extension of God’s love to many people who don’t know Him.

Accurate Biblical Education 
Our church is non-denominational and is independent of any forced or pre-determined doctrine. We strive to only follow the most accurate of doctrinal beliefs, while leaving the traditions to a minimum. It’s neither our personal experiences nor our church past but it’s the Word of God that drives our entire belief system. With so much emphasis on good works, spiritual gifts, legalism, and rituals, it may be difficult to value the most important part of our Christian faith – learning the Bible! In Romans 10:17, we read about the direct connection between knowing the Bible and growing our faith; “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Since this is true, we put a strong emphasis on teaching the stories and writings of the Bible. We explain the Bible in its cultural context in order to understand what God wants us to learn from it in today’s life. As we learn more, our faith grows proportionally. Since Biblical education is such an important part of a committed life to Christ, it only stands to reason that one of the Holy Spirit’s greatest gifts to us is to impart the perfect Word of God into our human understanding (John 14:26). In turn, we will be better equipped to represent Christ to the lost in a supernatural and effective way (Acts 1:8).

Accountability 
Accountability seems to be a dying virtue in many churches today and may account for such a decline in American church morality. Although we get no pleasure in bringing correction to the people we care about, we find that it is a necessary part of our Christian growth as evident in the 1st century church. We also find that accountability is commanded by God in several places in scripture. Galatians 6:1 tells us – “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” If we love people and we see them making choices which will bring about a destructive end, then we MUST hold them accountable for their actions in a loving way. Supporting sinful behavior does not define God’s love in 1st Corinthians 13:6 – “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” The world only loves people enough to see them happy, but the church should love people enough to see them get to heaven. Accountability is often what separates society’s definition of love from God’s love. Ministry leaders at Truth are held to a higher standard of accountability as they represent God from a greater platform.

Discipleship 
Discipleship is a core value of ours because we understand that the church was created to multiply. Jesus spent over 3 years discipling 12 men so that they could create disciples after He was gone. Our goal is to do the same thing here at Truth. It’s not enough to just present the plan of Salvation and see someone make a decision for Christ. We need to help the spiritual transformation of a new believer as they go from worldly minded to Godly minded. Romans 12:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Truth Ministries makes strides to create a culture and a non-stop cycle of creating disciples for Christ within the church. This discipleship comes through attending church services, mentoring, Biblical education, living as a positive example, many different small group studies, serving others, and through encouraging a life of prayer and intimate worship.

Unity 
We value unity at Truth Ministries because it is our witness to the lost (John 17:20-23). If unbelievers or new Christians see our church members engaging in gossip, slander, racism, badmouthing and negativity towards others, then they will either never return or they will assume it is acceptable church behavior. Instead, we strive for a loving family environment where we rejoice with one another in the good times, and we grieve with one another during the hard times. We believe in creating unity between age groups as well by engaging in each other’s lives. It is our goal at Truth to make everyone we meet feel the love of Christ by our church members even when we disagree. We desire to create an atmosphere of a united church body. By doing this, we show our community what the family of God looks like. Anything divisive or slanderous is unwelcome.

Godly Families 
At Truth Ministries, we value God’s design of family. It begins with a loving, committed marriage of a man and a woman. We strongly believe that a married person’s first love should be God, but their first ministry is to their spouse. This is backed up by the fact that their spouse is the only person in which God makes them one with! Husbands and wives are encouraged to minister together as a team. We do our best to encourage our members to never let there be an option for divorce, but rather put God first knowing that He can restore all things.  In addition to marriage, we strongly value a Godly family as it pertains to raising children. Children are to be loved and provided for, both physically and spiritually. Again, ministry leaders at Truth are expected to display these family values as an example to the rest of the church. This is based off of Paul’s instructions to Timothy in chapter 3, verse 5. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?”

What We Believe

1. The Word of God:  
 – We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the complete (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (Jeremiah 23:28-29; 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

 – We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32).

2. The Trinity: 
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally  existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in  the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3;  Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-2 0; Ephesians 4:5-6).

3. Salvation through Christ: 
 – We believe in the deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension into heaven and in His personal future return to the earth. 

 – We believe that the only means of being free from the sins is through faith in the death, resurrection and sacrifice of Jesus Christ followed by repentance of sins (Titus 3:4-7, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 12:1-2).

4. Judgment: 
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (1 Cor 15:20–23), for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment of death and eternal punishment (John 5:28–29).

5. Church Ordinances: 
 – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 

 – We believe that Christian baptism after salvation is the full immersion of the accountable believer in water into the name of the triune God. 

 – We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and should be celebrated on a periodic basis of at least once a month. 

 – We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not believe these ordinances are necessary unto salvation but are to be done as commanded by God (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

6. Marriage: 
We believe in marriage as it is defined by God in scripture (Mark 10:6-9). Therefore Truth Ministries will not perform any marriage ceremonies for atheists, unequally yoked couples (2nd Cor 6:14), or two people of the same sex (Romans 1:26-27).

7. End Times: 
 – The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be conducted in two stages; Rapture and Revelation. 

 – The Rapture of the church will precede seven years of Tribulation followed by the revelation (return) of Christ to set up His kingdom on the earth for 1000 years. 

 – Following the Millennial reign of Christ will be the Great White Throne judgment before a final restoration of a new heaven and earth.

8. Creation 
It is the position of this church that God created and sustains the universe and everything in it.

9. Women in Ministry 
This church believes that God has established the husband to be the spiritual head and covering of his wife and children (Ephesians 5:23).In accordance with 1st Timothy 3, the church is to be managed in similar fashion to the family. Elders and deacons are to be men who meet the guidelines listed in the above scripture.This church recognizes and welcomes women who are gifted in teaching, leading worship, leading other ministries or edifying the body of believers as long as it is in line with biblical church authority (1st Timothy 2:12).

10. Spiritual Gifts 
 – We believe in all of the Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible but we also emphasize church order. We realize that the use of many of said spiritual gifts come with specific biblical guidelines in which to follow. 

 – The outreach design of our church attracts many unbelievers and new believers. There has been a history of these people being turned away from the church due to past incidents of speaking in tongues. 1st Cor 14:23 says, “Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?: Due to the nature of our church’s purpose of outreach and due to the history of uninterpreted messages in tongues (1st Cor 14:28) followed by a mass of confusion, it is the position of this church that we be more concerned for the salvation of the lost rather than the edification of the saved through a message in tongues (1st Cor 14:4). For this reason, we would ask that any speaking of tongues would be done privately and quietly in conjunction with 1st Cor 14:33. 

11. The Doctrine of Salvation
 – We believe in cases of apostasy such as the example given in Hebrews 6:4-6, a person who has committed their life to Christ may fail in fulfilling that commitment. 
 – In such a case of apostasy, it is not a punishment from God taking the gift of salvation away as “the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29), but rather the surrender or “walking away” by the former believer from his or her faith before they were judged by God.

 – It is not the position of this church to promote losing one’s salvation as the completed work of salvation will take place in heaven and at that time can never be lost (Phil 3:20-21). In this life, we strongly encourage our members to “endure till the end” as instructed by Jesus in Matthew 24:13.  

12. The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit 
 – This church believes that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a person’s born again experience into the Body of Christ (Matt 3:11, Acts 8:16)

 – Baptized is not the same as being filled with Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-17) as baptized means “submerged” which happens on the outside, while “filled” is something that happens on the inside. Although the two are separate events, we believe they can be simultaneous (Acts 10:44-46)

 – Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a supernatural endowment of God’s power for the sole purpose of being a more effective witness for Christ (Acts 1:8). The initial evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit may be a renewed compassion, prophesying, boldness (Acts 4:31), supernatural faith, wisdom and many other gifts that would enable a person to more effectively reach the lost. There should not be any one gift that is sought as an evidence of this endowment of God’s power. 

 – This church believes that God fills us up with this power from on high at certain times in our lives and we seek Him for it. We do not remain Spirit-filled every second. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit on different occasions as the witness for Christ necessitated it (Acts 2:4, 4:8).

13. Discrimination 
 – This church will love, welcome, and treat people equally regardless of their faith, race, appearance, marital status, age, or gender. 

 – We will also love and welcome anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, their ideology, or any other factor.  

 – At the same time, we are a church that believes in accountability, and we will love people enough to encourage repentance, and to live a life of purity and Biblical Truth. 

 – Truth Ministries will not support or encourage sinful behavior in any way.