Loving God and others key for church


The Galion Alliance Church is centered around two statements Jesus made.

“(They include) the greatest commandment, to love God with all of your heart,” church pastor Rick Maddox said. “(It also includes) a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, love for God, loving others, neighbors, community not just through church ministry. (And) the Great Commission in Mathew 28:19-20, (where) Jesus says to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The church was founded 30 years ago and Maddox has been the pastor for the past 21 years.

“We love (the community), we are a loving body of believers,” Maddox said. “We have people who are willing to serve others. Our people are our outreach. Our members reach out to help people in the community, not just at church.”

The church has normal activities like other churches, but they have one ministry that is unique.

“The PB&J Ministry (Precious & Beloved to Jesus) is designed for those with disabilities/special needs.” Maddox said, “It is a ministry that does many different things. We have people who are trained to help children with special needs in church or Sunday School. (In addition, the group) has a back-to-school carnival and also sends people to Joni and Friends Camp. We also have a support group for adoption.”

The church believes in preaching from the Bible.

“I teach what the Bible says,” Maddox said. “A lot of preaching today has been changing. I teach what it (the Bible) means and how it applies to us. We connect the Bible with where (people) are, how they are living and how God does meet their needs.”

The pastor says preaching the Bible can do more than one thing for an individual.

“Preaching challenges people to do things they need to do,” Maddox said. “Sometimes it’s encouragement. Whatever God’s Word says is what people are going to hear.”

The church has mission conference every year called the Great Commission Conference.

“Missionaries come in that tell us what they are doing overseas,” Maddox said. “We have a dozen members who are missionaries. God has used us as an incubator. He has called a lot of people for this church into ministry. We still have a lot of people who have the calling and are getting ready to go into the ministry.”

Galion Alliance Church is located at 430 Portland Way N
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By Deborah Elaine Evans

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Galion Alliance Church

Church info: Galion Alliance Church is located at 430 Portland Way North. Hours are Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Alliance Youth Group Fellowship/Kidz Klub Wednesday 7 p.m.

Church mission: In The Alliance, we are all about Jesus, and our mission is to fulfill His final command on this earth—The Great Commission. We also refer to it as the Call. We are people of action. But we know that completing our mission successfully requires a healthy blend of “being” and “doing.”

Church purpose: To make disciples who are worshiping God, growing in Christ, serving by the Spirit, and sharing the gospel around town and around the world.

Church denomination: The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Average church attendance: 160

Church worship style: Blended mixture of hymns and contemporary

Church beliefs: There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust as a substitutional sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace.

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. He fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The prospect of the impenitent and unbelieving person is existence forever in conscious torment, and that of the believer in Christ is everlasting joy and bliss.

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men, and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to salvation.

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.

The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, edification through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.

The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s hope and is a vital truth that is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.

Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31

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