We are located in Miami Township near the intersection of SR 131 and Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, very close to Milford High School and the Milford branch of the Clermont County Library. We tend to serve mostly in the Milford, Day Heights, and Goshen area, but our members come from all over eastern Greater Cincinnati.
Address: 1170 Ohio 131, Milford, OH 45150
Phone Number: (513) 831-7598
Sunday Service currently starts at 10:45am
Sunday School groups meet before the morning service from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Small Groups meeting in homes are offered at various times throughout the week.
(Click here for our small group schedule)
Children’s Programs meet during the Sunday morning service and Sunday School hour.
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Our Mission is to make Disciples of Christ to the Glory of God by:
Connecting – with God in worship and with each other in true friendship
Growing – working together toward maturity in our faith
Serving – each other and our community out of the overflow of grace and love we’ve received through Christ
We want to be a true community of Christ-followers in which every member serves toward the goal of sharing the Gospel of Christ through words and actions within our community and in the world.
We want to be intentional about how we develop the culture of our church. We design our worship service, small groups, and service opportunities to reflect the following seven core values.
Worship – we acknowledge God’s sovereignty and celebrate His work in our lives
Truth – God is the source of truth, so we seek to learn and apply the Bible, God’s revelation of truth.
Prayer – we live in dependency upon God, so approach every obstacle and opportunity through prayer
Community – we are interconnected as the body of Christ, so we seek to relate to one another deeply, figure out how to best follow Jesus together
Grace – we depend on God’s grace, so we make much of it, and seek to offer it to others
Spirituality – so we embrace the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to lead us toward maturity, and equip us for service
Mission – we engage others through service toward wholeness in God
We welcome guests. Our people love each other, and love guests just as much. Our Worship Service features primarily current and engaging worship music lead by our worship team, and preaching that is both biblical and applicable to daily life. Our sermons are geared for life change. We take an offering, but do not expect guests to participate. Free coffee and snacks are available for all during a fellowship time after the service.
We have a fully staffed nursery and Children’s program. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade stay in the service for family worship, and then are dismissed for their age-appropriate Children’s group just before the sermon.
Dress comfortably. You might see a tie or sportcoat every once in a while, but most wear casual and comfortable clothes on Sunday mornings.
Three Simple Activities:
We ask people to participate in three activities that fit with our Mission Statement.
Worship service – connect with God and others through worship
Small Groups – grow in discipleship through learning and application of scripture in our daily lives.
Service Teams – blessing others out of the overflow of grace we have received in Christ.
We want to make it easy for people to know their next step. Here’s the roadmap for growing in maturity and serving within our faith community. While the progression below can vary for individuals, the general sequence provides a good start.
A. Connect with a small group or worship service. (Become part of the Crowd)
B. Become a member. (Become part of the Congregation)
C. Participate in all three activities. (Become part of the Committed)
D. Discover your gifts and passions, and begin training for leadership in one of our ministry teams. (Become part of the Core)
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men, but divinely inspired, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is totally true and trustworthy. It is sufficient to instruct us in all aspects of our lives, and is the standard of measure for Christian activity.
There is one and only one true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being who is all-powerful, all-knowing in all aspects of past, present, and future. God created the earth and everything in it, and remains in control of His creation. We owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience to God for both who He is, and what He has done.
God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
III. Jesus Christ
Christ is the eternal Son of God. He came to earth to save sinful man from all sin. During His incarnation, He was born of a virgin, and existed as fully God and fully man. He faced every temptation of man, yet lived without sin. He was crucified on the cross, and was raised from the dead on the third day in a literal, bodily form. His sacrifice on the cross is the only way man can be reconciled to God from sin, and His example in life serves as the gold standard guide for those who follow Him.
IV. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired the writing of the scriptures, enables us to understand truth, exalts Christ, convicts men of sin and of righteousness. He calls people to salvation, effects regeneration, and indwells the believer. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee of salvation, and the means in which the Christian matures in Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. He equips the believer for service by providing grace gifts.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race, causing all people to inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. In spite of sin, God loves all people, and has gone to great lengths to reconcile them to Himself through Christ. Because God created man in His own image, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation is a work of God’s grace alone, and occurs through no effort of man. It involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
VII. The Church
The New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all believers from every people group in all ages. A local New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers operating under the Lordship of Christ, and measuring its activity by the authority of scripture. The mission of the church is the advancement of the Gospel of Christ through the words and actions of the members.
VIII. Baptism and Communion
Both baptism and communion are both ordinances for those who have put their faith in Christ. As ordinances, they do not impart grace on the believer, but instead represent a testimony of faith, and a remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians memorialize the sacrifice of Christ in atonement for their sin.
IX. Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Membership is a two-way street. As a faith community, we commit to you, and you commit to the community. We promise to love and support you and your family through times of joy and suffering, provide opportunities and mentoring for you to grow in your faith, and lead you into finding the purpose and calling for which God designed you. We ask each member to commit to the community in times of blessing and suffering as well. We also ask each member to commit to maturing in Christ by attending a small group, and participating in the ministry efforts of the church.
We believe membership in a local church should start with membership in the Church (capital C). The Church is comprised of all people who have trusted in Christ for salvation from sin. This trust is displayed by obedience to the example of Christ through participating in believer’s baptism by immersion.
We also believe it is important that all of our potential members fully understand the mission of our church, so we ask each one to participate in our New Member Orientation. This is offered several times throughout the year. During the orientation we discuss the history and purpose of PHBC, and begin to learn more about you in order to help start you on a path of maturity and service based on your needs, life stage, and gifting.
So a summary for our process for membership goes like this:
1. Trust in Christ as your Savior and Lord.
2. Be baptized
3. Attend a New Member Orientation
4. Commit to spiritual maturity within our faith community through small group and ministry participation.