Our first church service was held June 2, 1991 at a local hotel in Columbus. Through God’s leading we began to rent the current facility in August of 1991.
In October of 1992 we were able to purchase the property. In 1994 we were able to build the addition which is the auditorium and in 2006 we added the second addition that contains church offices.
Everlasting Love Church name was given to Pastor Pat back in 1984 when he was pondering a name for his evangelistic ministry. As he pondered the words Everlasting Love came up on the inside of him. Liking the sound of it he decided to go with Everlasting Love Ministries. Several months later as he was reading through the book of Jeremiah he came across Jeremiah 31:3 – “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”
The desire of the church is for people to experience the presence of God in each service through worship and teaching of the Word with an expectancy to watch God confirm His word with signs and wonders following.
PREPARING PEOPLE FOR ETERNITY
Our main goal is our Mission Statement “PREPARING PEOPLE FOR ETERNITY”. This is a process of one’s commitment to discover:
Salvation is God’s plan for every man, he desires that men come to the knowledge of the truth. While it is God’s desire for every man, each man must believe what Christ has done and confess it.
John 3:16 – For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
Romans 10:9-10 – Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
1 Peter 4:10 – As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
Along with growth comes discovering what gifts God has given you. We do not all have the same gift, but ALL have a gift that should be used in service to the Lord and to others. These gifts are discovered as we grow in our walk with the Lord.
1 Peter 2:2 – Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation. (Amplified)
When we become a believer, it is only the beginning of the journey. Now I must become a Disciple and mature so I can serve the Lord effectively. That growth comes through learning what God’s Word says about and requires of me as a believer.
1 John 2:28 – And now, little children, abide (live, remain permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence (boldness, assurance) and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His coming.
We need to live with an awareness that one day we will stand before our Savior and give an account for our lives. So today I strive to live my life in anticipation of eternity.
Matthew 25:13 – Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.
It was written by men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any form of error. There are over 200 specific prophecies in the Old Testament—written over a period of thousands of years by many different writers—that clearly point to Jesus. They tell of His place of birth, where He would grow up, the manner in which He would die and be buried, and even the very year He would die. Any reasonable statistical analysis of this only reinforces the veracity of this holy document.
2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1 Pet. 1:23, Heb. 4:12
God exists as the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. Each part of the Trinity serves a different function and purpose, but they each possess equal power and authority.
1 John 5:7, John 10:30, Luke 1:35, Col. 1:15-17
Jesus is completely human and completely God. He is God’s only plan for bringing people back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus was sent by God, lived a perfect and blameless life on earth, and bore God’s judgment for sin, becoming a sacrifice and substitution for all people. He defeated death by rising from the dead so that we could have eternal life, ascended into Heaven, and will return again one day to reign as King.
Col. 2:9, Isa. 9:6, John 1:14, Phil. 2:5-11, Matt. 1:23
God made man His most prized creation. Every human personality is uniquely created and is worthy of dignity, respect, and Christian love. Man was created to live in relationship with God, but sin separated man from Him, causing the image of God in man to become distorted. As a result, no human can fully live within His image apart from receiving Jesus, who is the express image of God’s person.
1 Cor. 15:44-49, II Cor. 3:18, Gen. 1:26-27
Salvation is freely given when those who trust in Jesus—believing in His death, burial, and resurrection—ask him to be the Lord and Savior of their lives. Salvation cannot be earned or obtained by any human effort. It is freely given by God’s grace and must be willfully accepted through faith.
Rom. 6:23, II Cor. 9:15, Eph. 2:8-9
Heaven and Hell are real places. Those who know God and have received salvation will ascend into Heaven when their physical bodies die. Those who have not will descend into Hell and be separated from God forever. Our sins must be paid for. We will either pay for them ourselves and bear the punishment of Hell, or we will receive Christ and, through God’s mercy, make Heaven our eternal home.
II Thess. 1:8-9, Jude 7, Rev. 20:12-15, John 14:2-4, Phil. 1:21, II Cor. 5:6-8
As Jesus promised, He will physically return to the earth for a second time to establish His Kingdom. He will reward those who have faithfully followed Him and obeyed His commands.
I Thes. 4:16-18, Rev. 22:12-13, Titus 2:13-14, Acts 1:9-11
Water Baptism is a public declaration of one’s decision to follow Christ and to obey His commands. While infant baptism may be sacred to one’s religious upbringing, it is not found in the Bible. Water Baptism should occur when a person who has received Christ willfully and publicly expresses that belief. It is an outward expression of one’s faith in Christ. During baptism, a person is fully immersed in water, publicly identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As they come out of the water, they are symbolically raised up as a new person in Christ.
Acts 2:38-39, Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-17
While all born-again Christians have the Holy Spirit within them—in so much as they have been born of the Spirit— there is a separate and distinct experience from salvation that the Bible calls “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit”. In the book of Acts, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is detailed on 5 different occasions. When a person receives the Holy Spirit, they obtain a new prayer language, biblically called “speaking in other tongues.” Jesus commanded all believers to receive the person of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-7
God wants us to live in full health so that we can walk out the calling He has for us. The Bible says that Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. However, it is important to understand that God’s healing power must be received by the grace of God through faith.
James 5:14-15, Matt. 8:16-17, Acts 10:38, Heb. 13:8
Marriage is the God-designed institution where one man, born biologically as a man, and one woman, born biologically as a woman, enter into a lifelong, exclusive relationship. This holy relationship is a parallel of Christ and His bride—the Church.
Gen. 2:20-25, Heb. 13:4, Matt. 19:4-6, Eph. 5:21-33
The Church is not a building. The Bible says that each of us have been placed by God into the body of Christ. Like our human bodies, each part has a very distinct function. The Church is where we move beyond our individual lives and, with each of us taking our God ordained places, work together to reach all people with the gospel and the message of God’s love.
Rom. 12:4-5, I Cor. 12:12-27, Eph. 5:23