Gospel Baptist Church
Church info: Gospel Baptist Church is located at 5670 State Route 19. Hours are Sunday 9:30 a.m. Small Groups; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; Wednesday 7 p.m. The church website is http://www.gospelbaptist.com. The church number is 419-468-3292.
Church mission: To share the good news of Jesus Christ with our community and throughout the world. To share with people how they can know for certain the can have LIFE; eternal life and abundant life as a Christian.
Average church attendance: 250
Church worship style: Blended. Hymns and some contemporary.
We believe that God loves you. There is nothing more important we could list first. We want you to have a Passion for God that will bring a Compassion for People.
About God - We believe there is only one true God, yet He exists in three persons: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and everything belongs to Him and is under His control. God is holy, He is good, righteous and loving. God knows everything and has a purpose for our lives. No person, thing or idea compares to God.
About the Bible - We believe that the Bible is 100% accurate, reliable and our final authority. We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible.
About People - We are made in God’s image and for His pleasure. But, we are sinners. As a result, we are separated from God, even though He wants an intimate relationship with each of us and has a specific purpose in our lives for us.
About Salvation - That’s why Jesus, God’s son, came and lived on this earth, died and rose again. God offers His free gift of salvation to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior - the only way to be forgiven and reconciled to God. Anyone who accepts this gift is welcomed into the family of God and will live forever with Him in heaven.
About The Church - A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local congregation of baptized believers that seek to extend the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. In our church we want each person to Discover, Develop and Deploy your spiritual gifts to build a healthy body of Christ.
The Ordinances - Are to be observed commemorating Christ’s works for the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper/Communion. Baptism is practiced by individuals as a symbolic or (outward) expression of personal (inward) identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper/Communion is practiced as a symbolic reminder of His provision for salvation for the church.
The Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a gift from God.
Floods can’t stop the resolve of attendees at Gospel Baptist Church.
A 2013 flood destroyed 90 percent of the church building, but the church has since restored its facility and is continuing its mission of sharing the message of Jesus.
“We had to take a loan out to rebuild because the insurance only sent us a check for $2,500,” Family Pastor Matt Barton said. “It took us over $500,000 to rebuild. Our gym wasn’t flooded, so we set up there and other small rooms. Some people left because of this.”
But the church has recovered and is looking to reach out to the community.
“A lot of things going on here,” Barton said, who said the church is planning several large events for the area.
* A Kids Carnival will be held 4-6 p.m. July 12 at Heise Park
* The church will host its 16th Cruise-In Car Show 2-7 p.m. July 18
* The church will be holding the first Family-Friendly Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6-8 with a Grand Finale 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
“Anyone can come,” Barton said. “We want to show the community we are still here and give the community information about the church. VBS is our big thing this year. We are trying something new. It’s open to all family not just a kids ministry we are involving parents to have fun with them.”
The church uses word of mouth to lead others to the church.
“Anybody is welcome, come and try. See how you like it.” Barton said, “We want to be here for the community and reach the community.”