I have been a Christian since I was very young and was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with parents who loved God. My Dad was the Pastor of a small, very legalistic, denominational church and I attended church every time the doors were open along with attending our Christian School. “Church” was the only life I knew. I was genuine in my personal decision to accept Christ and had the assurance that if I died I would go to heaven, but during that time I had no idea what it meant to truly have a very real, personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. I didn’t realize it, but I was coasting on the coat tails of my parent’s faith. As many “PK’s” do, I made some very poor choices through my teen years and hurt a lot of people and I’m so very thankful for God’s forgiveness and grace! After moving away from home, I would occasionally attend another legalistic church but it was much more out of a feeling of obligation than a desire for an intimate relationship with Jesus. Once our sweet baby girl was born, we decided to make our ‘faith’ more of a… Read more »
Kathy and I have been married for almost 40 years and we have lived in 6 different states. Ohio is the place we have lived the longest at this point and it took us 11 years to find a church in Ohio that we could call home… Faith Building Church. We love the church and the feeling of family that we have! Those that know me know I love to sing but, I have always been apprehensive about joining a church praise and worship team. I have felt the calling in the past but asked God to give me a sign if that is what he had for me. With our travels we have attended many churches and I always waited on the Lord for that sign. Inevitably, we would hear stories of discord in the praise and worship team at the churches we attended and I understood why there was no sign from my Father. After attending the church for 3 yrs. I was moved by the spirit to join the Praise and Worship team. I was welcomed with love and it is truly a blessing to work with so many talented people whose only agenda is to serve… Read more »
In my walk with Christ, since 1991, I’ve been to several churches and under several ministers. I’ve heard hundreds of teachings and hundreds of opinions. In my journey I’ve heard several teachings that would put condemnation on me if you didn’t do or act a certain way. I would leave services feeling empty and with more questions than answers. Not to be critical toward any churches, yet some churches are critical towards some believers. Faith Building Church has been, and continues to be, a church with truth. I call it “straightening the crooked roads”. Religion in many places is a poison pill. Religion brings control, condemnation, guilt and stunts spiritual growth. Sitting under the teachings of Pastor Anthony is refreshing. I’ve received understanding and now look at scriptures in a different way. For example, just this past Sunday, Pastor referred to faith and fear when Jesus told his disciples “let us go over to the other side” in Mark 4. Then a storm came and fear came upon the disciples. I’ve read and also heard sermons, about the storm and disciples in the boat, more times than I can count. All I heard was about the disciples not having faith. … Read more »
Thank you so much, Pastor Anthony. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that you are the best pastor and influence in my life… ever! I have been to many churches over my 40 years of life and I have not learned as much in that whole time as I have since my family and I started attending Faith Building Church, just about 8 months ago. I thank God every day for how He has changed my life spiritually and in every way. Thank you again! God is GREAT!!
We started attending FBC about a year and a half ago because we knew we needed a church for our babies. I was raised Adventist, and I started going back to that church with my mom for awhile. But, my husband just wouldn’t go. So we came up with a plan, to find a church we both would like. It wasn’t 100% love at first sight for me. I was uncomfortable without church on the sabbath and the rock music and clapping and donuts and coffee was all too foreign. It was a very different vibe than the church I was accustomed to… BUT the words that came out of the pastor’s mouth were also very different and (my husband and I) kept coming back because everyone was so nice. We got little messages telling us people were happy to see us and it made us feel good and welcome. We were all so happy, we were talking about God and love everyday. I was able to talk to my kids so much easier because I had the comfort from God, that he was THE ONLY answer! Then… people started talking in tongues. We had never heard of praying in the Spirit… Read more »