WHO WE ARE
At PEACE we love God – make no mistake about that. At PEACE we believe in God’s radical unconditional, and unwavering love for us. We believe Jesus is God. We also affirm that you may or may not affirm that Jesus is God. We’re not asking you to change your belief system before you attend our church. We are simply inviting you on a journey toward Jesus. For years churches have placed a high priority on Jesus as the get out hell free card. At our church we place the highest priority on Jesus as a live life to the fullest invitation. At PEACE we believe every person has a dream deep inside their hearts, and that God put that dream there, not for our glory but for his.
At PEACE we’re not concerned with where you’ve been, but where you’re going. We believe that the bible is God’s word. It is real, living and active. We believe that people who don’t go to church anywhere are not the enemy, they are real people who need the perfect love that only God can give. And we believe that God gives this love through of all people – us.
At PEACE we do not and will not display a holier than thou attitude toward anyone. We are all broken people but he is putting us back together. And finally and most importantly we believe that Jesus really lived, that he really died on the cross and that he really rose again on the third day. And we cannot and will not candy coat or water down that message – ever. Today, you’ve chosen to sit yourself in the middle of a very safe place to hear a potentially dangerous message. Welcome to our church…
Our mission is to transform people into fully submitted followers of Christ who love God and others more.
At PEACE, it is our joy to GO into the world meeting the needs of hurting and lost people sharing the good news of the Christ with them, to welcome and to BAPTIZE them into the fellowship of His family, and to TEACH them to become radically submitted followers who live out His purpose for their lives in order to love God and others more.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
is to become a church:
- that never exists for itself but simply exists for Jesus and the world
- that unapologetically offers Jesus love and grace to the lost, hurting and oppressed
- that unashamedly shares the Good News through word and deed with every person living 20 minutes from our church
- that transforms thousands of people unaware of Christ into fully submitted followers of him
- that changes ourselves, our church, our community and our world
- that brings God’s kingdom here on earth and that prepares thousands of people to live for Christ sharing in His mission for the world and fulfilling His plan for their life
- and that prepares thousands of people to live for Christ sharing in His mission for the world and fulfilling His plan for their life
- God’s Purpose
As a United Methodist church we are part of the larger body of Christian believers. We are one denomination among many, each having unique gifts and emphasis. There are over 37,000 United Methodist Churches in the US alone.
As United Methodist we believe that the living core of Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience and confirmed by reason. These four areas guide our life, help us make decisions and are the criteria for our beliefs. First and foremost Scripture is primary, revealing the Word of God to us. All other aspects of our faith must line up with this. Second, Tradition provides both a source and a measure of authentic Christian witness, as long as it remains faithful to the Biblical message. Third, our own human Experience adds flesh to our beliefs and applies them into daily living. Fourth, Reason qualifies our beliefs so that we do not blindly chase after every wind and doctrine. The interaction of these four areas allows United Methodists to be confident that what we believe makes sense in life.
For more than 200 years the United Methodist Church and it’s predecessor bodies have expressed concern for the sick, the poor, the orphaned, the aging, the impaired, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Our founder John Wesley’s (1703-1791) spiritual emphasis included:
- A faith that is both informed and warmly experienced
- A religion that is intensely personal but must be shared with others
- A concern for the spiritual, physical, and social concerns of all persons
Therefore as a United Methodist Church we share a rich heritage with others and a strong faith in Christ. We are a diverse community, who is ecumenical in nature, mission-oriented, socially conscious, involved and evangelical. These qualities have guided millions of people into a meaningful and wonderful relationship with God.
At PEACE Church we believe every person is created by God to be in relationship with Him and to live out His purpose for their lives. Each of us has a unique set of gifts, abilities, interests and experiences that can be used for God’s kingdom. It is our goal as a church to help everyone discover their God-given purpose and live it out in the world. Only as we embrace God’s plan for our lives will we truly feel fulfilled. PEACE is not about filling slots; it is about fulfilling God’s mission. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
At PEACE church we are a friendly group of people who truly care for one another. Our fellowship is much like a family that values community, informality, fun, and commitment. PEACE is a place where you can be yourself and be accepted. Through small groups like Sunday school classes, Bible studies and fellowship groups we build trusting relationships that allow us to know one another and to be known. We encourage one another, lift each other up, forgive one another, and love each other; always striving to become more like Jesus. “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you.” Romans 15:7 (NRSV) “that the members should have the same care for one another” 1 Corinthians 12:25 (NASB)
At PEACE church we are a diverse group of people growing together in the Lord. We realize that we don’t have it all together, nor do we pretend to. Rather, we understand that all of us make mistakes and everyone can be forgiven. Our goal is to continually mature in the faith regardless of our backgrounds, our abilities, our economic status or our station in life. For in Christ we recognize that there are no barriers and that He loves us all. We celebrate our uniqueness as well as His greatness in all that we do. “Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand.” 2 Corinthians 10:15 (NIV)
PEACE church can be traced back to October 1811 when five families that had settled in the Pickerington area joined the Delaware Circuit of the Methodist Church and became the first church in Violet Township. Meetings were held in barns and a log cabin school until the first Meeting House was built in 1833 at the corner of Church and Cross Streets in Olde Village Pickerington. Circuit rider pastors served multiple churches in the area until 1918 when Pickerington and Brice Methodist Churches became a charge. As the congregation grew a new church building was built on the same corner in 1883 and then again in 1951. In 1961 on our 150th year PEACE became a single point charge under one pastor. In 1968 Methodist Episcopal denomination and the Evangelical United Brethren denomination merged to form the United Methodist Church. It was during this time that the church changed it’s name to PEACE United Methodist church. The church continued to grow and in 1975 an education wing was added to the facility at the corner of Church and Cross Streets to alleviate crowding in the Sunday school.
As Pickerington continued to grow, so did our congregation. There was no longer enough room on the historic site at Church and Cross Streets to make room for our growing congregation. In 1996, thirty-one acres of land were purchased at 235 Diley Road. Building plans were made and groundbreaking was held October 1997. Lots of rain from November 1997 through April 1998 slowed the building process. During construction, our congregation worshiped for 17 months across the street at the Pickerington Elementary School, and four portable units were used on our church property for offices, meetings and Sunday school for grades 3 through 12. On February 14, 1999, our first worship service was held in the current building. In April 2001 construction was begun on the educational wings that were completed by October 2001 in time for our 190th anniversary. The 200th Anniversary Celebration of our church was held on October 16, 2012.
For over 200 years PEACE church has been a vital presence in Pickerington and the surrounding communities. Lives have been changed and the Kingdom has been advanced. We invite you to join us to impact the future with God’s grace in even greater ways than we have impacted the past.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God and are the primary authority for faith and practice. They were written by ordinary people guided by the Holy Spirit, to reveal God’s love and plan of salvation for all.
We believe in one God who externally exists in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in essence, power, and character. The Trinity models relational living for us so that God’s very being is unity in community. God is more intimate with us than we are with ourselves. God is the creator, preserver and ruler of all things visible and invisible. Human understanding of God is limited by our vocabulary and imaginations and so all attempts to fully describe God are inadequate and lacking thus God remains a holy mystery. God is love, offering perfect justice, mercy and truth. God is neither male nor female but embodies qualities of both and possesses them without limit. God personally desires to be in relationship with us.
The Father: The Father reigns with providential care over his universe and all who confess faith in Jesus Christ become his children. Jesus addresses God as Abba, a simple term of endearment meaning “daddy.” The Father protects, cares for, and disciplines his children. His will is for the salvation of the world through his son Jesus. The Father loves immeasurably and unconditionally. We can’t earn his love. It is a gift showered on good and evil people alike. It is unimaginably greater than the love of any human father or mother.
The Son: The Son is Jesus the Christ, our Savior, who came to earth to restore fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. Jesus is the human face of God. Everything about Jesus reveals God, his presence, his words, his healing touch, his forgiving glances, and his death and resurrection. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully human and fully divine. He lived a perfectly sinless life. He willingly and obediently suffered and died on a cross to demonstrate God’s love and to provide salvation to humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all human beings the means to be reconnected to God. Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven where he rules as Lord and absolutely authority over our lives. Jesus will return to the earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a coequal, coeternal member of the Trinity and is God with us. The Holy Spirit attracts us to the Son so that we are able to recognize him as the Messiah, our Savior. The Spirit enables us to proclaim that God is our Father. The Spirit enables our faith, gives us gifts to serve, moves us toward holy living (the fruit of the Spirit), and gives unity to the church. The Holy Spirit progressively transforms us into the image of Christ and is actively working in the world to bring about God’s redemptive plan for all people and all creation. The Spirit is the mystery of God’s love alive in the world. In the Bible the Spirit is referred to as wind, fire, water, and comforter.
We believe the church is the extension of Christ’s life and ministry on the earth. It is made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In the Bible it is referred to as the Body and Bride of Christ and the Family and Building of God. The church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God wholeheartedly and love others as themselves. All believers are gifted, empowered and sent by the Holy Spirit to serve the church’s mission to reach the world.
We believe all human beings are created in the image of God. Thus we are created for purpose, relationship, and holiness. We are created with free will that gives us the power to choose. We also believe all human beings are tainted by a willful disobedience from God called sin. Sin separates us from God and all that we were created to be. But God’s grace is greater than our sin. It is through our willingness to totally yield and submit ourselves to grace we find from Jesus death on the cross that we too are resurrected into brand new lives. We also believe deeply in human equality but recognize an incredible diversity that is a gift from our creator. We see the Christian life as a journey toward perfection (the full love of God, others and self). It comes from total obedience to the Father by living the lifestyle of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. As human beings we seek naked, honest, vulnerable and raw questions, arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. It’s members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Thus, the church as a whole has adopted what we call the Social Principles which are a prayerful and thoughtful effort to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound Biblical foundation. PEACE church supports these Social Principles and we have listed some of which may be of interest below. If you would like a copy of the complete set of Social Principles of the United Methodist Church please contact us and we would be glad to mail you a pamphlet.
Are you having questions about how to know God personally and how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Maybe you are having concerns about your relationship with Christ. As you read the following material, ask God to reveal Himself to you.
Realize God loves you and seeks to have a personal relationship with you. I John 4:10 states “Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.” Understand that a personal relationship through Christ is more than attending a church, being baptized, making a commitment to do better, or memorizing a set of religious material. Having a personal relationship with God is even more than being religious. The word of God says in James 2:19 “You surely believe there is only one God. That’s fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear.”
1 Agree with God about who you really are. God says, “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” and “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10-11 and 23) So often we would rather play the blame game. It’s not my fault. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, or I have made some bad choices in life, or I’ve associated with the wrong crowd. God loves you regardless of your past. Admit to God what He already knows. “I have sinned against you God.“
2 Acknowledge your inability to save yourself. Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” We think all I need to do is try harder, get myself together and straightened up, or do the right things and then I’ll be okay. The Prophet Isaiah states, “…All our righteousness are as filthy rags...” God is not impressed by mankind. There is nothing you can do to earn a personal relationship with God. It is God who seeks a personal relationship with you. Acknowledge that you need God in your life.
3 Accept God’s remedy for your life. Remember God loves you and has provided all that is necessary for you to be forgiven and have a personal relationship with Him. (John 3:16-18) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus was the one who bore our sins, died in our place, was buried, and whom God raised from the dead. Two followers of Jesus were asked what to do to be saved, they answered “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-31) When we accept the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as payment for our sin, God forgives us of our sins and enters into a personal relationship with us.
4 Admit your need for Christ to save you now. Do you understand that you are a sinner and that you cannot earn God’s forgiveness? The Bible states “...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Notice what you just read in God’s Word. It states that you “will” be saved. Not might be, or could be saved. Christ says in Revelation 3:20 “I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…” The following is a simple prayer, often called a sinner’s prayer. Don’t just read it; pray it out loud to God. He is listening, and He will hear you.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16
“Yes, they all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal.” Romans 3:23
“He died once for the sins of all of us guilty sinners… that he might bring us safely home to God.” 1 Peter 3:18
“To all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. All they need to do was to trust Him to save them.” John 1:12
You can begin your personal relationship with God right now and ensure your eternal life by simply expressing yourself to Him through prayer.
“Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank You that Jesus Christ died in my place and rose again to be my Savior. I turn from my sin and trust Jesus to forgive me. Come into my life and lead me. Thank you for giving me this relationship with You forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen“
Let us know of your decision to follow Christ and come join us as we seek Him together.