The Church of the Open Door was founded as an independent fundamental church in 1962 by Dr. Robert E. Mayer. For six months a Bible study was held in a private home. Regular Sunday and Wednesday services began in November of 1962. The small congregation met first in a rented storeroom on the corner of Fifth and Locust Streets. In November of 1963 the church was incorporated and moved into a larger church building on Fourth Street.
In the fall of 1978 Lebanon Christian Academy began. The church and school moved into a stone mansion located on East Walnut Street. In 1980 the church and school moved again, this time into a newly-constructed building at 875 Academy Drive where the church and school continue to thrive.
In the summer of 1997, Dr. Mayer resigned and in September of that same year, Rev. Craig L. Griffith, Sr. became Pastor of the church where he continues to serve the Lord faithfully.
In 2001 the church's name was officially changed to Open Door Baptist Church for the purpose of clarifying the church's doctrinal position to the community.
Burdened to further educate men and women in the truth of God's Word, Pastor Griffith established the Open Door Bible Institute. Classes began in the fall of 2003. This vision was expanded in 2013 when ODBC joined with other Pastors and Christian Leaders and established the Keystone School of Biblical Theology.
Open Door Baptist Church continues to develop its ministries to further reach our community.
2016 marks the joyous celebration of 54 years of preaching the Word of God and reaching the Lebanon Area.
Articles of Faith:
I believe in one God: creator of heaven and earth, spirit, light, love, truth, eternal, almighty, infallible, unchangeable, infinitely wise, just, and holy, and that God eternally exists and manifests Himself to us in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God and the eternal Word manifested in flesh. I believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man. I believe in His vicarious, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection; in His ascension; and in His personal, imminent, premillennial return for His redeemed ones,followed by His coming in glory to judge the rebellious and to establish His millennial reign.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, that He is God. I believe that His work is to convict men of sin; to regenerate, indwell, and set the believer apart to a holy life; to keep and empower the believer day by day. I believe that He is the teacher of God's Word and the guide for the daily life.
I believe that the whole Bible (consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament) is verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
I believe that man, having been created pure and in the image of God, is by his own sin fallen from grace. In consequence, I believe that all have sinned, are guilty and lost, and are absolutely incapable of saving themselves by their own works being dead in their trespasses and sins.
I believe that we are saved solely by grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
I believe in the eternal security and everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the eternal judgment and punishment of all whom reject our Lord Jesus Christ. "This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:14-15).
I believe that Satan is a person, the author of the fall, and that he shall be eternally punished.
I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men - the saved to eternal life and the lost to judgement and everlasting punishment.
I believe that Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper to commemorate His death until He comes. I believe that water baptism is a symbol of the believer's union with Christ in His death and in His resurrection.
I believe that the church of Jesus Christ is composed solely of those who have been redeemed and washed in His blood, regenerated and sealed by the Holy Spirit. It is the responsibility and privilege of all who are saved to serve; to seek to win others to Christ at home and to the uttermost parts of the earth; and to seek to live a holy life, to separate themselves from and forsake all that might dishonor God or cast discredit on His cause or weaken their testimony.
In subscribing to these Articles of Faith, we by no means set aside or undervalue any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, all of which we believe to be God's own written Word given to us by inspiration of the Holy Spirit; but the knowledge and belief of the truth as stated in our Articles of Faith we deem necessary to sound doctrine, and therefore requisite for Christian fellowship.
We, then, the members of this church do affectionately welcome you to fellowship with us in the blessing of the gospel, and covenant together (God helping us) that as strangers and pilgrims we will abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul (I Peter 2:11); that we will put away from us all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us (Ephesians 4:31-32); that as we have opportunity, we do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10); that we will remember them which have the rule over us, who speak unto us the Word of God (Hebrews 13:7); and that we will give as God hath prospered us (I Corinthians 16:2) not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:7).
"Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 12:20-21).