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what to expect

 

Our Mission – Love God, Love People,

Make Disciples, Reach the Community and the World

 

Welcome – We’re so glad you’re here! Our church is a place where you can come as you are.  No matter what your past has been or your present is you can discover purpose, destiny and real life in Jesus Christ at Delphos First.

You can also find real people just like you who want and need friends to journey through life with.Relationships are very important to us!  We want to help you to build a lasting relationship with God and with people.  God never intended for any of us to journey through life by ourselves. We need one another.Delphos First is a place where you can belong.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light; no one can come to God, the Father, except through His Son, Jesus.  In other words, God sent His Son, Jesus, to create the pathway for us to real life and eternal life, and each of us must decide whether or not we will follow it. We will give you the opportunity to decide for yourself.  It’s our prayer that you will discover Jesus to be real and true!

The Bible says that you will become a new person as you follow Jesus.  We welcome you to experience the power of God’s transforming love!

 

 

DELPHOS FIRST Information

We hope that the information on this page helps you to get better acquainted with our church.  On this wesibe you will find:

  • Delphos First Assembly of God Team Leaders. We have many ministry opportunities for you to be a part of.  For more information about our ministries or programs, please contact our church office.

  • Questions & Answers. If you have questions that we haven’t covered, please contact Pastor Fred or the church office via the Contact page.

Delphos First Questions & Answers

You may have some questions about our church.  Here are some answers to questions that visitors often ask.

 

Question 1. Why do you clap your hands or raise your hands as you are singing?  What’s with the loud singing and shouting?  Why do some people wave a flag?

Answer 1. If you haven’t attended a church like ours, it’s normal to have questions about the praise and worship part of our service.  We can get so excited about worshiping God that you might ask:

Are some of you people crazy?

No, we’re not crazy. Our singing, clapping, shouting, flag-waving, raising hands, etc. is a demonstration of our gratitude and love for God.  When we express ourselves this way it gets our minds off the problems and details of everyday life and helps us focus on the Lord.  There are examples of this kind of worship in the Bible.

People watching sports demonstrate their support for their team by clapping, yelling, shaking banners, doing the wave, singing fight songs, etc. If a sports fan can get that excited about their team – which may seem crazy – it doesn’t seem crazy to us to express our love for the God who created us and gave us His Son to die for our sins.

 

Question 2.  I don’t think I’d ever be comfortable clapping or raising my hands, or doing any of that other stuff that you do when you sing.  Do I have to?

Answer 2. No.   If you look around during praise and worship, you’ll see that many people are standing or sitting quietly and praising God silently.  How you choose to express your love for God is between you and Him.

 

Question 3.  So many of the people here seem so perfect and happy.  My life is not perfect and I’ve done some terrible things.  Is there a chance I could be accepted here?

Answer 3.  You are accepted here.  We’ve all done some bad things in the past, and we’ve been forgiven by God and given a new life in His Son, Jesus.  Besides, the Bible tells us that God considers one sin just as bad as another. That’s difficult to understand, but it means that no matter what you’ve done, you’re no worse a sinner than anybody else.  The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

 

Question 4.  What role do women have at Delphos First?  Can women be involved in ministry?

Answer 4.  The Assemblies of God, the fellowship we’re affiliated with, has always allowed women to be ministers and hold leadership positions in the church.  Women are respected as co-equals in Christ and have a very important role at Delphos First.

 

Question 5.  What do I have to do to belong to Delphos First?  What will I have to give up?  Will I still get to have some fun?

Answer 5.  We welcome unbelievers and you’re free to come and decide for yourself if you want to be a Christian.  We will not pressure you, but to become a part of our family and belong to it, you must make the decision to follow Jesus.  We will do everything we can to help you become a disciple of Jesus.

We encourage everyone who belongs to Delphos First to pray, read the Bible regularly in order to live according to its principles, and to develop a Christ-like love for other people.

What you choose to give up as you follow Jesus is between you and Him. You can be a disciple and have fun.  Jesus promises us “abundant” life and your idea of fun may change as your relationship with Jesus grows.

 

Question 6.  How can you say that the only way to God is through Jesus?

Answer 6.  We say it because Jesus Himself said it in the Bible.  He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light; no man comes to the Father except through me.” He didn’t say it because he wanted to exclude anyone; He said it so people would know how they could have a personal relationship with God.

 

 

Delphos First – Church Lingo

Every group has its own lingo or jargon.  Here’s a guide to some terms you may not be familiar with.

Born Again, or Saved. We are born again, or saved, when we admit the sin in our lives and accept God’s free gift of forgiveness made possible by the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.  Jesus talked about this in the Bible; it’s called “born again” because we were already born once when our moms gave birth and we entered this life.  When we put our faith in Jesus, we’re born again into a new – and much better – life.  It’s also our guarantee that we will live eternally with God after our physical death.

 

Communion.  This is a special meal that Jesus had with His 12 closest followers (called apostles or disciples) the night before he died, and told His followers to continue to eat in His memory.  The little piece of bread we eat and the grape juice we drink remind us that Jesus gave His Body and Blood to pay the penalty for our sins.  If you want to take part you should be a follower of Jesus.  If you don’t want to take part, it’s okay, you don’t have to.

 

Praise and Worship.  This is the part of the service in which we sing and express our love for God.

 

Quiet Time.  Everyone who is a member of our church should spend time praying, reading the Bible, and meditating (thinking about) what they’ve read.  This time is often referred to as quiet time or devotions, time before the Lord.

 

Testimony. Your testimony is the story of how you came to follow Jesus and the changes it has made in your life.

 

Tithes and Offerings. This is the money we give to the Lord by giving to the church. It supports the work we do to help people and tell them about Jesus.  The Bible talks about our giving our tithe – 10 percent of our income – to the Lord, so many of us do.  Technically speaking, an offering is money given above and beyond our tithe.  What you give is between you and God.

 

The Word. This is another term for the Bible.  We refer to it as the Word because we believe it is the Word of God, written by men who were divinely inspired to record it exactly the way God wanted it.