We Are A Lay Church
It all began for us in 1968 as a small body of believers in Loveland, Ohio. Our Pastor asked the board to pray about planting a church in Hamilton. After much prayer, we began our search for a location. Out of the Loveland body Jesus is Amazing Church was born. While searching for a building, a beach head, Jesus revealed a diamond in the rough!
The long-time staple of the community (1929), First Church of God had moved to its new building and new location in the township. The once well-kept pillar of the community had been sold and foreclosed upon. It was uninhabited and in complete disrepair. It had become a desolate wasteland. The windows had been broken out. The roofs leaked, HVAC equipment didn’t work and graffiti was the newest paint. Suddenly, a small group of believers, filled with the love of Jesus Christ believed that his love could change this community. Jesus is Amazing Church purchased the inner city building and in 2013 the renovation began!
Over 60 new Pella windows, new roofs, new mechanical equipment, new bathrooms, updated gym, new carpet, new paint, reupholstered pews, new sound system and projectors. Thank you Jesus! He made a way! Through prayer, hard work and donations we now love on this community in a 23,000-sq. ft. facility … Debt Free, Thank you Jesus!!
Ezekiel 36: 33-37
Thus saith the Lord God; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
We Are A Lay Church
What does lay mean exactly? It means we are just like you. No one here has gone to seminary or makes their living working at the church. We are simply dads and moms, sons and daughters who have been changed by the love of Jesus Christ and we are committed to Jesus Christ and his mission. To seek and save the lost. To go make disciples. To love people back to life again.
We are not professionals at doing church! The services are not well polished but they are heart felt and authentic! Every Christian is imperfect. But Jesus uses the messy and imperfect to make something beautiful. He chose the foolish and unqualified to confound the wise and change the world. Something special happens when you dive headlong into a community of the imperfect and walk out the gospel of love in your local church. No amount of books, blogs, podcast, or conferences can ever replace the spiritual growth that results from the hard work it takes to commit to a local church. And it isn’t just a benefit to us and our communities; this is something close to the heart of Jesus. So important he gave his life for it! This is the movement of the church. His church. It is the greatest movement the world has ever seen.