Putting Love into Action


By Deborah Elaine Evans - [email protected]



According to the church’s web site, Love Action Church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ whose purpose is to be a local gathering for individuals who seek to please and worship God by assembling together to grow in their faith and understanding of Him, serve Him in the capacity at which He calls, share His love to all they come into contact, evangelize their community, region, state, nation, and world; and train up Christ’s disciples all for His glory.


Love Action Church

Church info: Love Action Church is located at 376 Park Rd, Crestline. Hours are Sunday 10 a.m. Wednesday Intercessory Prayer at 6 p.m. and Refuel Service at 7 p.m. Fuse Small Groups 6 p.m. (1st and 3rd Sundays Check for locations). The Church Website is http://www.love-action.com. The church phone number is 419 683-5683.

Church mission: To allow God to activate His love IN us so that He may active His love through us as we display love in action helping people discover a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and discipling them on their Christian Journey.

Church vision: To be a relevant church for both the un-churched and the spiritually thriving, to help people from all walks of life become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ as they embrace God’s goodness to them, and to multiply our efforts through new church plants.

Church mandate: To be obedient to the Great Commission to which Jesus, our Head, he called us, and to be the fullest expression of God’s indescribable love to both believers and the world.

Average church attendance: 65-75

Church Denomination: Non-denominational

Church Beliefs: God - God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are the one true God. (Gen. 1, 3; Ps. 90:2, Mt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14)

Man - Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin which separates man from God. (Gen. 1:27, Ps. 8:3-6, Is. 59:1, 2; Rom. 3:23)

Eternity - Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God because of sin in a literal place called hell, or will exist eternally with God as a result of man’s acceptance of God’s forgiveness of his sins and salvation through God’s redemptive plan of Jesus Christ in a literal place called heaven. (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 6:23, I Jn. 2:25, I Jn 5:11-13, Rev 20:15)

Satan/Devil - The devil is the unholy god of this age, a tempter, a thief, a liar, and the author of all powers of darkness who is destined to the judgment of eternal torment in the lake of fire. (Jn. 8:44, Jn. 10, II Cor. 4:4, Mt. 4:1-11, Eph. 6:12, Rev. 20:10)

Salvation - Salvation is a free gift from God to man through man’s placing his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness and salvation from sin’s death penalty. Man can never make up for his sin by behavioral modifications or good works. At the point of salvation eternal life begins and man begins his spiritual journey with God. (Jn 3:16, Jn 14:6, Rom. 5:1, Rom.3:10, Rom. 5:1, 8, Rom 6:23, Gal 3:26)

Eternal Security - Because salvation is a gift of God through Jesus Christ it is eternal in nature. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security of salvation.

(Jn. 3:16, Jn. 10:29, Heb. 7:25, I Pt. 1:3-5)

The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as they make up the trinity. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ, to live in every Christian from the moment of salvation, and to provide the Christian the power for living, the ability to understand spiritual truth, and the guidance in doing what is right. (Jn. 16:7-13, Jn. 14:16, 17; I Cor. 2:12, I Cor. 3:16, II Cor. 3:17, Gal. 5:25, Eph. 5:18)

The Bible - The Bible is the infallible Word of God given to all men. It was written by divinely inspired human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the inerrant and supreme source of truth not just for the followers of Christ but for all mankind. (Ps. 12:6, Ps. 119, Prov. 30:5, II Tim. 3:16, II Tim. 1:13, II Pet. 1:20, 21)

Love Action Church is nothing that came out of man’s imagination or ambition. Love Action is a result of what God is doing each and every day. That is, seeing a need and meeting it.

“I will be uncompromising when it comes to the truth found in the Word of God.” Love Action Church Pastor Matthew Smith said, “But (I) will also remember our duty as Christians is to love.”

(The Bible says in 1 John 3:18). “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”

“That’s how the name Love Action Church came around.” Smith said.

Matt and his wife Sidney were attending a church in Delaware before coming to Crestline.

“God had lead us to my dad’s church in Delaware. In our minds we were going to take over his church.” Smith said, “But our ways are not His ways. He lead us to Crestline. This building was empty, we meet with the building owners from the previous church and during that meeting God made it evidently clear we were to launch the church here.”

“I was driving down the road.” Smith said, “I Knew God was heading this direction. I had a conversation with God. (Asking Him) What’s this supposed to be like? He dropped these two words. Love and action.”

“We have a lot of people who claim Christ and claim to love. But the Bible says we are to prove to the world that we are His disciples through Love and that is action. The first verse I read the next morning was 1 John 3:18, that was my confirmation on the name and also what the we as a church are to live out. Love in Action.”

In January of this year the church opened it’s doors with about thirty members who shared the same desires of living lives that glorify God and being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

“When Jesus walked this earth, it was more so the religious people who had issues with him and the world was actually following Him.” Smith said, “Not with how they were living their lives but they were literally following him as he walked this earth.”

“That’s what I want us to be able to do as a church is resemble Jesus Christ in such a way that we have the worlds ear.” he continued, “Because we know the truth which is Jesus and that truth will set them free. Churches are supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.”

We are living in a time where we not only need to evangelize the world by winning the lost, but we need to see “cultural Christians” and “congregational Christians” become “convictional Christians.” It’s at the point of living by conviction that true change can occur. Remember, the most exciting life is the one lived for Christ.

The church wants to step outside and share their love within the community.

“Take the Church to the people. That’s what Jesus did.” Smith said, “He went to the people and that’s we should do instead of confining ourselves to four walls. We want to go into the neighborhoods and show a movie, grill food and do games.”

Love Action plans on having a food pantry in the near future.

“The kitchen has plenty of space, there are cabinets everywhere and we even have a large storage space. God has provided what we need so we can start a food pantry and help people who need it.”

H.O.P.E. is a faith-based support group for those affected by a loved-one’s addiction, as well as those in recovery.

“We help a lot of people with addiction.” said Sidney Smith, Matthew’s wife. “I am visiting a girl in jail right now with addiction. If there’s a way to meet with people we will.”

Love Action Church strives to reach the lost, help the hurting and minister to all.

“As a church our prayer is that every person in this county could experience the same joy that we have through Jesus Christ,” Matthew said, “If not a single one of them doesn’t choose to make Love Action Church us we would so rejoice. (We just want them to experience the same experience we have with Jesus Christ.) Churches shouldn’t be competing just filling Heaven with Souls.”

According to the church’s web site, Love Action Church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ whose purpose is to be a local gathering for individuals who seek to please and worship God by assembling together to grow in their faith and understanding of Him, serve Him in the capacity at which He calls, share His love to all they come into contact, evangelize their community, region, state, nation, and world; and train up Christ’s disciples all for His glory.
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_love-action-church.jpgAccording to the church’s web site, Love Action Church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ whose purpose is to be a local gathering for individuals who seek to please and worship God by assembling together to grow in their faith and understanding of Him, serve Him in the capacity at which He calls, share His love to all they come into contact, evangelize their community, region, state, nation, and world; and train up Christ’s disciples all for His glory.

By Deborah Elaine Evans

[email protected]

Love Action Church

Church info: Love Action Church is located at 376 Park Rd, Crestline. Hours are Sunday 10 a.m. Wednesday Intercessory Prayer at 6 p.m. and Refuel Service at 7 p.m. Fuse Small Groups 6 p.m. (1st and 3rd Sundays Check for locations). The Church Website is http://www.love-action.com. The church phone number is 419 683-5683.

Church mission: To allow God to activate His love IN us so that He may active His love through us as we display love in action helping people discover a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and discipling them on their Christian Journey.

Church vision: To be a relevant church for both the un-churched and the spiritually thriving, to help people from all walks of life become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ as they embrace God’s goodness to them, and to multiply our efforts through new church plants.

Church mandate: To be obedient to the Great Commission to which Jesus, our Head, he called us, and to be the fullest expression of God’s indescribable love to both believers and the world.

Average church attendance: 65-75

Church Denomination: Non-denominational

Church Beliefs: God – God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are the one true God. (Gen. 1, 3; Ps. 90:2, Mt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14)

Man – Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin which separates man from God. (Gen. 1:27, Ps. 8:3-6, Is. 59:1, 2; Rom. 3:23)

Eternity – Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God because of sin in a literal place called hell, or will exist eternally with God as a result of man’s acceptance of God’s forgiveness of his sins and salvation through God’s redemptive plan of Jesus Christ in a literal place called heaven. (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 6:23, I Jn. 2:25, I Jn 5:11-13, Rev 20:15)

Satan/Devil – The devil is the unholy god of this age, a tempter, a thief, a liar, and the author of all powers of darkness who is destined to the judgment of eternal torment in the lake of fire. (Jn. 8:44, Jn. 10, II Cor. 4:4, Mt. 4:1-11, Eph. 6:12, Rev. 20:10)

Salvation – Salvation is a free gift from God to man through man’s placing his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness and salvation from sin’s death penalty. Man can never make up for his sin by behavioral modifications or good works. At the point of salvation eternal life begins and man begins his spiritual journey with God. (Jn 3:16, Jn 14:6, Rom. 5:1, Rom.3:10, Rom. 5:1, 8, Rom 6:23, Gal 3:26)

Eternal Security – Because salvation is a gift of God through Jesus Christ it is eternal in nature. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security of salvation.

(Jn. 3:16, Jn. 10:29, Heb. 7:25, I Pt. 1:3-5)

The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as they make up the trinity. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ, to live in every Christian from the moment of salvation, and to provide the Christian the power for living, the ability to understand spiritual truth, and the guidance in doing what is right. (Jn. 16:7-13, Jn. 14:16, 17; I Cor. 2:12, I Cor. 3:16, II Cor. 3:17, Gal. 5:25, Eph. 5:18)

The Bible – The Bible is the infallible Word of God given to all men. It was written by divinely inspired human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the inerrant and supreme source of truth not just for the followers of Christ but for all mankind. (Ps. 12:6, Ps. 119, Prov. 30:5, II Tim. 3:16, II Tim. 1:13, II Pet. 1:20, 21)

Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31

Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31

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