Who Are We?


A City of Refuge

Cities of refuge in the Bible were designated places where someone who had accidentally done wrong could go to escape and could safely wait until trial. The church serves the same purpose, it is a refuge for you and I, sinners, to go to and be protected from the avenger of blood, to avoid making the payment of sin ourselves and take on God as our Lord and Savior and offer up his payment to the cost of sin being death, all the while waiting for Judgment Day. "Making Ready a People, Prepared for the Lord" Is one taken directly from scripture Luke 1:17 and refers to the ministry of John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Jesus. His mission was to go before the Messiah and prepare the people for His coming. We believe that we as a church are sent and commissioned to prepare people not only for the coming of the King, but also to live full, meaningful and purpose filled lives here on earth as well.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the First Church of God is three-fold. To EXHALT Christ - We are called to raise or to lift up the name of Jesus as the way to salvation, the Son of God and the Savior of the world. {John 3:14-18; John 12:32; 1 Corinthians 1:23-24} To EVANGELIZE The Lost - We are called to spread the Gospel message to all of the world and make disciples of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. {Matthew 28:18-20} To EDIFY The Body - We are called to "build up" the Body of Christ through the discovery and exercising of the spiritual gifts placed in us by the Holy Spirit of God. {Ephesians 4:7-16} At First Church, we do this in a number of ways. We do this through our worship and praise, preaching and teaching, through Christian Education and fellowship with one another and other assemblies of faith.

Our Mission

By now, you have probably either seen or heard the phrase, "Making Ready A People Prepared For The Lord." This statement comes from Luke 1:17, a passage that deals with the mission of John the Baptist in preparing the way for the ministry of Jesus. "And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:17 emphasis added) At First Church we have adopted this as our mission statement. The Bible teaches us that "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27) and that "every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:10). It is the mission of First Church of God to prepare persons for their ultimate and great appointment, namely standing before the Lord. Everything we do then is done through the lens of this mission statement.

We invite you to visit us for one of our church servicess when you are in the Columbus area. You will feel right at home!

Service Times

Summer (August)
Sunday: 10:00am
Starting in September
Saturday: 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am

Address

First Church of God
3480 Refugee Road
Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: (614) 338-8338
Fax: (614) 338-8008

Links of Interst

First Church of God website
Streaming Portal - Watch us live!
Radio/Internet Portal - Listen to us over the airwaves!
Contribution
DVD/CD Order Form

For more information please go to our website at www.1stchurch.net