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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.

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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Family Problems

Today’s teaching deals with the problems Jesus had in His own hometown. When people know our past, it can be very difficult take us seriously. This is because they don’t always understand how the Holy Spirit can change us.  Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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The Empty Tomb

Today is Resurrection Sunday. In this Easter lesson, you will hear about Joseph of Arimathea’s bold move, Jewish burial traditions, the three women at the empty tomb, and the message the angel spoke concerning Peter’s denial. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Chasing God’s Presence

As we move closer to resurrection Sunday, ​Pastor Brian uses the analogy of a bug zapper ​to explain​ why we celebrate Easter. It all has to do with how Jesus fixed the problem that sin caused. That problem was being separated from God’s presence. Today through Christ, we can boldly enter the throne room of God’s grace. Click the play button below to

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The Corruption Of Judas

As we begin the resurrection series, the story of Judas teaches us a lesson about identifying and avoiding the temptation of corruption. When Judas realized that he wasn’t going to get the wealth and power by following Jesus, he then decided to betray Him. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Who’s To Blame?

When things go wrong, we often blame people or things that weren’t really the cause. David did this very thing when Saul died. He blamed someone who had nothing to do with it. Our society is guilty of this today when tragedy strikes. We need to take responsibility for the consequences of pushing God away so we can learn from

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Ten Commandments Part 3

In this final lesson, we go through commandments four through ten. Click on the link and maybe you’ll learn some things you never knew about them. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Ten Commandments Part 2

Part two of this series looks at the 2nd and 3rd Commandments. God commands us to have no idols. An idol is anything we put in front of the will of God. God then tells us to never misuse His name. In its strictest meaning, this is an unforgivable sin. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Ten Commandments Part 1

In this opening series, we begin by looking at some main points that surround the Ten Commandments and what they mean for us today. The first Commandment is the foundation and sets the tone for the remaining nine. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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A Strong Foundation

This lesson discusses Christ as our Foundation in two ways. First, He’s the source of life for us like a tree planted by the waters. Secondly, we learn that every work we commit in our life will one day be judged by God to see if merits an eternal treasure. The Christian life begins with our foundation, then we build

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Christmas Eve 2017 – Why Bethlehem?

Bethlehem was the chosen city to bring forth the Savior to the world. In this lesson, Pastor Brian explains 3 reasons why this was so. 1) Bethlehem resembles God’s character. 2) Bethlehem was King David’s homeland. 3) Bethlehem had the purest lambs. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Jesus as Fully God

In this lesson, we look at why Jesus had to come to the earth as being fully man in order to redeem our sins. The three reasons shared will give you a greater appreciation for God’s Christmas miracle. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Jesus as Fully Man

In this Christmas teaching, Pastor Brian explains the 3 reasons why God had to come to the earth being fully man. 1) to fulfill scripture. 2) So He could be our Kinsman Redeemer. 3) Only man can fully redeem man. Since Jesus became fully man, He was able to die for us and satisfy God’s law for our sins. Click

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The Full Armor of God Part 3

The last of three lessons explains the meaning behind the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit. The helmet is the barrier between our transforming mind and the sinful world. The Sword is the Word of God. Even the devil is subject to the power of God’s words. We have access to that power. Click the play button

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The Full Armor of God Part 2

In part 2 of the Armor of God series, we study the footwear and the shield. The footwear was issued to allow Roman soldiers to advance in battle. The Gospel is what allows us to do the same. The shield of faith is our daily comfort that God sees the big picture. This shield works best when the whole church

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The Full Armor of God Part 1

Today we begin an important series about putting on the full armor of God. This is so important because we have an enemy who is always looking to keep us apart from God. We start by understanding the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Teamwork 3 – Moses’ Battle

We continue the theme of teamwork as we discuss the Battle that Moses was in with the Amalekites. The success of the Israelites in battle depended upon whether or not Moses lifted God high in the air. the same applies to us in ministry. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Teamwork 2 – Synergy

We continue the Teamwork series by looking at what it means to use synergy. Synergy is when the combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effect. This is the process that God gave us to grow the church. When we all come together and do our part as a team, then the church grows and people get

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Teamwork – Nehemiah’s Wall

Seeing big spiritual changes happen usually looks overwhelming. Nehemiah shows us how to accomplish this by using teamwork. He used this approach to build the walls of Jerusalem in just 52 days. The secret to success was assigning small manageable sections to each family. If we apply this thinking to ministry, then we can effectively reach our community and grow

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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 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 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.

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.