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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 David 4 – Sacrifice

Part 4 of this series deals with the things King David sacrificed in order to prove God’s place in his heart. David sacrificed his time, his reputation, and his wealth for God. What are you willing to give up to show God His place in your heart? Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Lessons From David 3 – Repentance

Today’s teaching looks at the sinful trap that King David fell into with Bathsheba. Through these bad choices, David shows what it looks like to turn from sin and make things right with God. If you’ve ever thought you did too many bad things to be in heaven, this story shows God’s mercy when we have a genuine heart of

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Lessons From David 2 – God’s Favor

Part 2 of the series explains what God’s favor is and what David did to acquire it. God’s favor was shown in the story of David vs Goliath as well as the time David was hiding from Saul in En Gedi. If we do things God’s way then we’ll receive His favor in our lives. Click the play button below

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Lessons from David 1 – God Sees the Heart

This is the first in a series about the lessons we can learn from the life of King David. This teaching shows how God doesn’t measure our worth from any physical abilities. God looks at our heart. It was David’s heart that qualified him to have the eternal kingdom that Jesus would come through. Click the play button below to

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The Festival of Tabernacles

We close the series out with the Festival of Tabernacles. This annual command for the Israelites was to remember how God provided for them while in the wilderness. It was during this festival that Jesus explained that He could offer rivers of living water to all who believe in Him. At Christ’s 2nd Advent, the Festival of Tabernacles will continue

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The Day of Atonement

The sixth festival of the year is the most important one of all. The Day of Atonement was the day the Israelites would see if God would accept them for another year by making atonement for their sins. This was so important because they relied on the Lord for security, food, water, and shelter. This festival was and continues to

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The Festival of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall festivals. As the Jewish New Year, this day begins at the first sign of the new moon. Because of its unique beginning, it was known as the festival in which no one knows the day or the hour of its beginning. In this lesson, the case is made for this

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The Festival of Weeks (Pentecost)

This is the last of the four Spring Festivals. On this day, the Jews would begin by making two leavened loaves of bread and offering it to God to be accepted. The two (sinful) loaves represent the sinful Jews and gentiles being offered grace by God. On the day of Pentescost after Christ’s death, the baptism of the Holy Spirit

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The Festival of Firstfruits

The third Spring Festival in Jewish culture is the firstfruits offering to God. This was done on the day after the Sabbath during the Unleavened Bread celebration week. Here, the Jews would take the first and best crops and offer it to God. This offering was a symbol of a future harvest that would come later. 2000 years ago, Jesus

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The Festival of Unleavened Bread

This Festival was also fulfilled by Christ’s death. At the Last Supper, Jesus passed around unleavened bread and told His disciples it represented His body. Click the link and listen to find out how. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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The Festival of Passover

This lesson opens up a series on Jewish festivals and how they point to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Passover was observed for over 1500 years when Christ died on that very day of the year. This showed the world how Jesus is the Passover Lamb who shed His blood so that death could pass over all who believe. Click

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Leading By Example 5 – Commitment

We close this series with a teaching on commitment. A true commitment is one where the person forfeits the freedom of doing anything other than staying committed. A Christian must start with a genuine commitment to God and His Word, then live life backwards from there. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Leading By Example 4 – Taking Responsibility

This teaching shows us how winners focus on winning and losers focus on winners. Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he didn’t want to give God his best but he didn’t want Abel’s sacrifice to make his look bad either. True believers in Christ take responsibility for their actions and move forward. Click the play button below to listen to

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Leading By Example 3 – Honesty

Part two of our series deals with honesty. Pastor Brian shares 3 keys to living an honest life. 1; Avoid using the “fine print”. 2; Protect people from the brutal truth when necessary. 3; Choose your daddy! Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Leading By Example 1 – Compassion

This lesson is the beginning of a series about being an accurate Christian example to the people around us. One way we represent Christ is by showing compassion. In Luke 10, Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor. He then explains how our “neighbor” is anyone truly in need – not just someone with our same background. Click the play

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Leading By Example 3 – Unselfishness

Never has there been a greater example of unselfishness that Jesus showed us. In this lesson, we look at the difference between Abraham’s selfishness and Sarah’s unselfishness. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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Resurrection Sunday 2017 – Reunited With God

In this special Easter lesson, you will hear some of the most in-depth teaching about what life and death was like before Christ redeemed mankind. While sin kept mankind separated from God, the devil was able to rule over the physical world. He even had power over death until man could be made perfect through Christ’s perfect sacrifice. Click the

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Palm Sunday – Jesus Destroys Idol Worship

In this special teaching, we focus on the difference between worldly and Spiritual worship. As Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem right in the middle of His Palm Sunday celebration, He stopped and cried as he looked out to see countless people enamored with the Temple and rituals while ignoring the fact that God was right there with them in

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The Easter Meaning Of The Ark

As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, this teaching shows us what a relationship with God looked like before Christ died and redeemed us. The Ark of the Covenant provided a way to for God to live among His people while protecting them from God’s judgment. The problem with the Ark was the deathly fear of their sin entering into its

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I Am The True Vine

The last “I Am” statement that Jesus makes before going to the cross was, “I Am the True Vine”. In the Old Testament times, Israel was known as the rebellious vine. The Israelites rejected God over and over, and then experienced rejection by God. Many years later, Jesus claimed to be the Vine. He would be the One rejected so

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I Am the Gate and the Good Shepherd

In Jesus’ day, the Jewish people were well aware of how important the Sheep Gate was. They were also waiting for the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophesy that God was going to personally come down and shepherd His children. This is the background that shows the importance when Jesus says, “I Am the Gate”, and “I Am the Good Shepherd”. Click

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I Am The Light Of The World

This is the beginning of the “I Am” series. in this lesson, we look at the two examples of how Jesus is the Light of the world. The first shows how Jesus lights our way to safety free from death. The second illustrates how Jesus opens our blinded eyes so we can see His ways. Click the play button below

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How To Share Our Faith Part 4

The last teaching in this series focuses on sharing the entire plan of Salvation effectively. We discuss tips on how to get the conversation started, resources to use, and how to follow up after sharing the Gospel. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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How To Share Our Faith Part 3

Here we continue the evangelism series by looking at two points: Law to the proud, and grace to the humble. The purpose of God’s Law is to show us how to live a holy life. The Law also shows us we’re guilty of sinning against God. Once the Law shows our guilt, then the grace of Christ is Good News

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How To Share Our Faith Part 2

In part 2, we focus more on how to communicate that death is the consequence of sin and how to respond to different excuses that people may have. Click on this link and let your Gospel presentation flourish. Click the play button below to listen to this message.

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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.