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Elburn church welcomes new visitors

Living Word of God Church
The Revs. David and Jessica Jones

526 N. Main St., Elburn
Sunday worship at 11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Study at 7:30 p.m.
www.HisLivingWord.org

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Revs. David and Jessica Jones opened the doors of their Living Word of God Church in February of 2011, at 526 N. Main St., on the Great Lakes Leadership campus in Elburn. Both ministers trained through the Living Word of God Church headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn. David is following in the footsteps of his father, who is the pastor of a Living Word Church in Wilmington, Ill.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” David said. “I felt the call of God to go into ministry.”

Jessica said that the service is an informal meeting. David said that he rarely wears a tie, and wants others to dress comfortably, as well, so they can feel at ease during worship.

The service, which starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, is a contemporary service with a mixture of songs, a sermon and readings from the Bible, as well as prayers for people’s needs and concerns. People are free to stand, sit, raise their hands or kneel, however the spirit moves them.

In addition to the Sunday service, the church also offers a Tuesday night Bible study, in which David and Jessica teach about the Bible, the history of God’s word, and help people make the connection for how what the Bible says is relevant to their lives today.

“It’s also a chance to see how their week is going and to take prayer requests,” David said.

One of their goals for the church is to help people discover what their gifts are to help them grow in them and find ways to use them for God’s work.

According to Jessica, evangelism is also a tenet of the church, in which she and David teach others how to share the word of God within their own circles, whether it is at work or school or some other sphere of influence.

The couple, who live in Aurora, both grew up in Illinois and met each other on a Christian dating site. They have been married just over two years.

Currently and small congregation, they are looking to grow its membership. They attend functions within the community and try to meet with business people on a one-on-one basis to introduce themselves and their church.

They would like people to feel free to come to a service and check it out with no requirements.

Their message is as the Living Word of God Church states on its website, “Come as you are; you’ll be loved.”

New church comes to Elburn

Photo: Pastor David Jones and his wife.

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Variety is a luxury a growing population has when it comes, not only to restaurants and stores, but also to churches. Elburn is home to five churches with differing styles of practicing faith. Starting in February, a new church will open its doors. The Elburn Church of God will hold services at the Great Lakes Campus at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“Elburn is a growing population, and people like to have a different kind of service,” Pastor David Jones said. “Our church is for people who want to learn about the Bible.”

Jones comes from evangelism and teaching at the West Aurora Church of God. He said that the Elburn church will be a brand new church but will have help getting started from a handful of members at the West Aurora church. He and his wife will be instrumental in attracting members. So far, they have been spreading the word by going through the community to let their presence be known.

The Church of God is a Pentecostal church, part of the international Church of God based in Cleveland, Tenn., started in 1886. It is an evangelical faith that takes its inspiration and authority from the Word of God as revealed in the Bible. It strives to communicate the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“You have the freedom to worship God the way you want to,” Jones said. “We raise hands and express feelings openly during the worship time with music and songs.”

Worship services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“A lot of people work six days a week and prefer not to rush to get to church on their days off,” Jones said.

A Bible studies class will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For more information, call David Jones at (815) 671-5925.

Beginnings
The Church of God came to be in the late 1880s, when a small group of people gathered in Tennessee and formed what was then called the Christian Union, with a shared desire to establish a new church to focus on Biblical teachings, encourage deeper consecration and promote evagelism.
Source: churchofgod.org

Beliefs
“The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:
1. The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
2. The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
3. The atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death for the sins of the world.
4. The literal resurrection of the body.
5. Christ’s second coming in bodily form to earth.”
Source: churchofgod.org