Who We Are
New Springfield Church of God is part of the Movement out of Anderson, Indiana (see more under What We Believe). The Church of God Movement began when our founders wanted to unite the various church fellowships. They did not like the boundaries set by denominations and wanted a Movement focused on Unity of ALL believers and Holiness.
Our specific church is a rural church that is active and alive. We are located outside of the small community of New
Springfield, but people from all over the area join us each Sunday. Our average Sunday attendance is 250.
To reach our community by planting New Hope, New Life, and New Beginnings nurtured through love and compassion into a life with Christ.
We plan to reach our mission through...
- Discipleship, Growing in our Faith Journey
- Evangelism, Sharing our New Life in Christ with others
- Stewardship, Bringing New Hope through our finances
- Relationships, Gathering together and sharing life together
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Subject
Jesus is the subject. So, who is Jesus?
Jesus is the very product of God’s love. He is the Son of God and the second person in the Trinity. Born of a virgin, he is fully human and fully God. More than two thousand years ago, he walked the earth and radically changed the culture around him. As the perfect sacrifice, he willingly endured a shameful death on a cross, taking upon himself the punishment that we deserved for our sins.
Three days following his death, he was raised to life again, neutralizing the power of sin and death over our lives. Those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior are no longer bound by the power of sin and have an eternity waiting for them in heaven. As our Lord, he calls us to personal and cultural transformation. Taking on the likeness of Christ, we seek to change the world through the love of God and offer the hope of Christ to all.
Jesus is the reason we exist. Jesus is the center of what we do. Jesus makes all the difference.
Do you want to make Jesus the subject of your life? You can become a Jesus-follower (a Christian) today!
First, recognize that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Second, understand that the consequence of sin is death, but God’s gift through Jesus Christ is eternal life (Rom 6:23). “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9 NIV).
It begins with a prayer. Talk to God. Ask him to forgive your sins (1 John 1:9), thank him for his sacrifice, and accept his gift to you. He’ll hear you, and you’ll begin a brand new life (2 Cor 5:17).
Next Step Discipleship offers free resources for you to understand the basics of what it means to follow Jesus:
- Let your friends and family know of your decision.
- Connect with a local church.
- Be baptized as a witness and affirmation of your decision.
- Share your experience of a new life in Christ with others.
Related scriptures: Philippians 2:6–8, Isaiah 53:5, Luke 1:34, Hebrews 7:27, John 11:25, 1 John 1:7, John 14:6, John 15:15
What We Believe
The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) is a global movement of people seeking to fulfill God’s mission in the world. We’re committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out. We’re committed to the mission that Jesus Christ gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18–20).
The Church of God movement appeared in the 1880s in the midst of the broader American Holiness Revival. The pioneers of the Church of God hoped to restore a more biblical understanding and practice of what it means to be the church. One of our early church songs says: “The Bible is our rule of faith and Christ alone is Lord.” This lyric still summarizes the core belief of Church of God people. We have not issued any official belief statement, and we have no formal creed. Yet, the following statements reflect the heart of the Church of God:
Salvation makes us members of God’s church. We believe that the church is composed of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We enter into the life of the church, not by joining a denomination or a human organization, but by committing our lives to Christ (John 3:1–7).
Christians are called to be one. We believe that God calls all followers of Christ to live in unity and peace, regardless of who they are or the church they attend (Gal 3:28). While we may not agree on everything, we can rally around our subject, Jesus.
We must be holy. We believe that followers of Christ have been called to live a life of love, purity, and godliness. We are called to live like Christ, taking on a new nature (2 Cor 5:17).
We also embrace these biblical principles:
The Lordship of Jesus. There is one Lord, who is God’s Son Jesus Christ, over the church. Christ is the church’s ultimate authority on all matters (Acts 2:36).
Making Disciples. Each of us is called to fulfill Matthew 28:18–20, making fully devoted followers of Christ—disciples—who will then teach others to follow Christ.
Loving God and Neighbor. We are called to fulfill Matthew 22:37–39, not only loving God with our entire being, but also loving all that he loves.
The Work of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit equips believers with unique gifts that enable us to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. At the same time, the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in every believer (Galatians 5:22–23), which demonstrate the Spirit’s presence within us.
Stewardship. Since God is the source of life, all of life is to be used for the honor, glory, and service of God (Psalm 24:1).
You will find a great diversity of convictions and practices within the Church of God. Though we have differences, we share a common story of faith, growing together into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). We worship and serve as citizens of God’s kingdom. We celebrate our life in Christ and accept our call to be the body of Christ in our world—all to the glory of God.
The following free downloads (PDF) are available to provide more detail on the beliefs of the Church of God: We Believe (Anderson University School of Theology, 2 MB), What We Teach (Barry Callen, 129 KB), and the following booklets by Arlo Newell: Salvation (121 KB), Holy Living (106 KB), Membership (114 KB), Ordinances (112 KB), Divine Healing (89.2 KB), and Return of Christ (111 KB).
Want to learn more about the beliefs, practices, and history of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)? Check out the following resources available from Warner Press.
•Following Our Lord, by Barry L. Callen
•I Saw the Church: The Life of the Church of God Told Theologically by Merle D. Strege
•Meet Us at the Cross by Laura and Oral C. Withrow
•The Quest for Holiness and Unity, 2nd edition, by John W. V. Smith and Merle D. Strege
Our Lead Pastor
Pastor Jonathan Holloway
3649 E Garfield Rd,
New Springfield, OH 44443
Phone: (330) 549-2060