Open Door Bible Church is a group of sinful people who have been miraculously saved and changed by the amazing grace and truth of God! Jesus Christ has called and commissioned us to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) We exist for the glory of God alone and we are called to make His glory known in our community and around the world. We believe we accomplish this by focusing on several goals:
We Are Called to Be a Community of Grace & Truth
When Jesus Christ came to this earth to be Emmanuel (God with us), the Apostle John records in John 1:14 that, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus Christ came to give us His message of grace and truth so that we could be forever saved and freed from sin’s penalty of death and so that we could become true worshipers of God. We believe we were created to worship God with our lives and Jesus Christ has made that possible as we believe on His grace and truth through faith. We also believe that we are called to show forth the grace and truth of Jesus Christ as we live and minister as a community/local church of faith.
We Are Called to Be a Community of Discipleship
Before we can go and effectively share God’s grace and truth with others we must make sure we are following Jesus Christ biblically as His disciples. We are called by Jesus Christ to make sure we are “teaching” Christians how to biblically trust and obey God with their lives as His children. All our ministry programs and endeavors are focused on that goal of discipleship, which is another way of saying, “Living as faithful and obedient disciples of Jesus Christ.”
We Are Called to Be a Community of Evangelism
God has called us to go and, “Make disciples of every nation.” We believe we accomplish this as we are faithful as Jesus Christ’s disciples to go and share the good news (or Gospel) of His grace and truth with family, our neighbor and community, our co-workers, and whoever God allows us to reach out to with the Gospel. We also believe in God’s Mission for evangelism (commonly known as “Missions”). We support by prayer and with our finances a number of missionaries who are sharing the Gospel with the same heartbeat and passion that we believe is in line with God’s Word.
Why the name "Open Door"?
We get Open Door from Revelation 3:5 where Jesus Christ promises the local church in Philadelphia (in modern day Turkey) that He set an “open door” of ministry before them and that no one would be able to shut that open door of gospel ministry. We pray that God would continue to do the same for us as we are faithful to trust and obey God’s calling for our church. We also include the word Bible in our name because we unashamedly believe that God’s Word is our only Authority for faith and practice.
We are not a perfect church by any means (because we are sinners saved by grace)! However, we have a perfect Savior and we pray that God would use us for His glory as we worship Him by exalting His grace and truth through the ministries of discipleship and evangelism in our neighborhood and our world. We would love to answer any other questions you may have about ODBC and God’s plan for your life–just let us know!