our story

The Church of Christ at Belpre began in 1933 and moved from Walnut Street to the Washington Boulevard location in 1973. The Belpre Church has enjoyed a rich history of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The church is currently served by five shepherds: Jack Thorn, Dan Canada, Bob Crum, Mark Kaufman and Marty Clark. The Ministry Staff includes Jeff Stevenson (2010, Preaching Minister) and Travis Williams (2012 Family Life Minister). The church is also served by  two deacons and 11 ministry leaders. The Church of Christ at Belpre is a multi-generational church ... and here you will find both young and old folks worshipping God together.  

Our history has blessed us with a unique assembling of people from many backgrounds. Our present finds us desiring to reach future generations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The book of Isaiah declares that, "each generation makes known Your faithfulness to the next" (Isaiah 38:19). This is what we want to be about ... the making known of God's faithfulness to all generations.

We enjoy our heritage within the restoration movement. As a restoration church, we are a non-denominational assembly. As such, we seek to independently interpret the Scriptures, and allow the Bible to be our sole basis of authority. Through this lens, we have uncovered a passion to pursue intimacy with God, community with others, and influence in our world.

what we believe - our statement of faith

This Statement of Faith is not binding or authoritative, but a summary guideline to remind the church's leaders and our members about what is central to our identity as a church. This statement also is intended as a disclosure to prospective members regarding the doctrinal values of the Belpre Church. We feel that it's only fair to let those considering us as a church home to know what we believe is important.

God's Nature

God is Triune. There is one invisible and immutable God, who is all-present, all-powerful, and all-knowing in all things past, present and future. God eternally exists in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 17:3, Matt. 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory, worship and obedience (John 1:1-5, Acts 5:3-4) 

God the Father created all things for His glory according to His own will. He is sovereign over the universe, from creation, through the fall and redemption. (Col. 1:15-20, Rev. 4:11).

God the Son, Jesus Christ, is fully human and fully God (1 Tim. 2:1-6, 1 Tim. 3:16, Acts 4:12). Scripture teaches the deity, virgin birth, perfect humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the sole means of salvation from sin and the sole mediator between God and man (John 1:1-14). 

God the Holy Spirit, as fully God, glorifies Jesus Christ in this age and convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:13-18). The Holy Spirit separates sinners for salvation and enlightens them to believe in Christ through the teaching of the gospel (1 Pet. 1:2, John 6:44, Acts 16:14). In salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates believers and baptizes them into himself and into Christ's body (1 Cor. 12:13). At this point, the Holy Spirit indwells, seals, gifts and empowers the believer for service. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to build up the body of Christ (John 3:1-7, Titus 3:5-7, Acts 2:38, Acts 5:32, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:4-8, Gal. 5:22-23) but the sign/miraculous gifts of the Spirit were temporary, proving the apostles were God's messengers (2 Cor. 12:12, Mark 16:17-20, Heb. 2:1-4).

The Bible and Man

The Bible, as God's clear, complete and sufficient Word, is our supreme authority for all doctrine, behaviors and ministry. The original autographs of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and fully inspired as the inerrant Word of God. The Bible is best interpreted by respecting the plain sense of its language, its varied literary types, its historical background and in the light of how biblical revelation gradually unfolds (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:21)

Angels are spirits sent to help those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14). Some of the angelic realm is fallen and in rebellion to God (2 Pet. 2:4). While Satan and other fallen angels can influence believers, practicing believers cannot be demon-possessed.

Man is made in God's image, but has fallen because of sin, in rebellion to God and is helplessly lost (Gen. 1:1-31, Mark 10:6). While God wants all people to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4, Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:15), all mankind has sinned, fallen short of God's glory, is under the condemnation of hell and in need of redemption (Gen. 3:1-6, John 3:16-19, Rom. 1:18-32, Rom. 3:10-19)

Creation occurred when God spoke everything into existence in six consecutive 24-hour days, apart from evolution (Gen. 6:5-6, 8:21, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 13:23, Rom. 3:11-18, Eph. 2:3, Col. 1:20-21).

Sin is any disobedience to God's law and it brings the ultimate penalty of eternal death (1 Pet. 1:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:1-5, Rom. 4:25). All human beings, except Jesus Christ, are sinners by nature and guilty before God as a result of the fall of Adam (Rom. 5:12-21). While we do not believe that man inherits Adam's guilt, we do believe that humanity inherits a sinful nature. We sin because we are sinners by nature (Gen. 6:5-6, Gen. 8:21, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 13:23, Rom. 3:11-18, Eph. 2:3, Col. 1:20-21)

Salvation is by the Triune God who saves sinners by grace alone through faith in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7). The Lord Jesus Christ earned salvation by living a perfect life, dying for our sins and being raised for our justification (1 Pet. 1:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:1-5, Rom. 4:25). Christ's blood was shed for the remission of our sins. Sinners are awakened by the preaching of the gospel and must respond in faith, which must demonstrate itself in obedience to the gospel. Salvation is evidenced through good works that are part of the pursuit of a holy life. We believe that every Christian has the responsibility of making disciples in obedience to Christ's Great Commission. 

The Family is built on the lifetime marriage of one man to one woman (Gen. 2:21-25, Matt. 19:4-6). Sexual intimacy is to be confined to marriage alone (Heb. 13:4)Polygamy, homosexuality, bestiality and pedophilia are all perversions of God's design (1 Cor. 6:9-18). Life begins at conception (Ps. 139:13-16, Ps. 127:1-5).

God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility are both taught in Scripture (Deut. 30:15-20, Josh. 24:15, John 3: 16, Rev. 22:17, John 6:37, 6:44, Acts 13:48, Rom. 9:14-18, Eph. 1:3-14, 1 Pet. 1:1-2)

Miracles in the Bible are real, but usually occurred in times of new revelations to prove the spokesmen were God's actual messengers.

The Church

The Church includes anyone, anywhere at any time who puts their faith in Jesus Christ. The church is essential to spiritual growth (Acts 2:38-47, Col. 1:18).

Baptism is full immersion upon one's faith and repentance. In baptism, one receives the forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit (John 3:23, Acts 8:26-40, Rom. 6:3-5, Acts 2:38-47)

The Lord's Supper is for believers and a memorial of Christ's death til he returns (1 Cor. 11:17-28).

Worship is a lifestyle (Rom. 12:2), but all Christians are to assemble each first day of the week for the public worship of God through song, prayers, the Lord's Supper, preaching and giving (1 Cor. 11:17-24, 1 Cor. 14:26-33, Heb. 10:25)

We Also Affirm

Civil Government is instituted by God to maintain peace and order on earth. It should be obeyed, but never over God (Rom. 13:1-7).

Christ's Future Return will be glorious and personal; visible and audible to all (Rev. 1:7, 1 Thess. 4:15-16); and it will instantly trigger the resurrection of the dead, the destruction of the universe and the eternal judgment (1 Thess. 4:16, 2 Pet. 3:3-7, Matt. 25:31-33)

Adopted January 10, 2016 by the Leadership Team of the Belpre Church

beginning steps

Our hope is that each person who attends Belpre will move beyond our Sunday morning gatherings ... and into a deeply rooted, active life of faith in Jesus.

All of us are on a journey ... a journey to discover purpose and meaning in life. We are all on a journey to uncover something to believe in. The Belpre Church would love the opportunity to assist you in taking the next step in your faith journey.

If you are interested in a new beginning in Christ, the Church of Christ at Belpre encourages you to make initial steps in a couple of ways.  

We believe it's very important for a person's faith to be founded on an informed understanding of the basics of Scripture (Rom. 10:14-17). Bible studies toward this end are offered, but in two primary ways. First, one may request a private Bible study.  We call this the Lifepoint Study.  This can be done at your home or at the church building at any time you may choose. Second, twice a year the Church offers a class called "Come N See." This class meets on specified Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 a.m.  If you are interested in either a private Lifepoint Bible study or enrolling in Come N See, please contact the church office at 740-423-7021 or email us at info@belprechurch.com. Both formats emphasize sensitively teaching the gospel in a way that respects the hearer's understanding and how they choose to respond.

membership with belpre

The Church of Christ at Belpre affirms and encourages church membership.

Members are guided through specific steps to move to a deeper level of spiritual growth. The Belpre Church's goal is to keep people moving deeper to the next “level” or "stage."

Membership expectations include the following: 1) baptism (immersion) into the name of Jesus Christ; 2) weekly worship attendance; 3) a sincere attempt at holy living; 4) involvement in a weekly Bible study; and 5) giving of your time and money to God’s kingdom. While specifics are left to the individual to work out, the Church of Christ at Belpre encourages members to tithe their income and give at least one hour a week in service or help to others.

If you would like to become a member of the Belpre church, please download and fill out the Prospective Member Form and email it to info@belprechurch.com or by mail, 2932 Washington Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714.