On behalf of all the folks here at The Community Church of the Open Door, I invite you to come to a place where the rules have changed—where you can “Come as You Are” because of God’s grace.
This is a place where we don’t have to hide, pretend, or wear masks because God says we’re acceptable to him—not because of what we’ve done but because of what Christ did for us on the cross. At Open Door “The imperfect are perfectly welcome,” because there are no perfect people!
Since that is true, we are committed to genuinely love all people no matter where they are in their spiritual journey. As a church family committed to Christ and each other, we believe that the Bible teaches us that the church is meant to be a loving body of believers who “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” so we strive to practice the principle of Christ-like love toward one another. Only then, can we hope to make a difference in our communities and around the world.
We look forward to your visit and getting to know you. As you settle in, I know that our Lord Jesus Christ has great things in store for you and me as we learn to walk the road of faith together.
What We Believe
1. About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscript, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it is the only authority in matters of our faith and conduct.
2. About God
We believe that there is one living and true God, who is plural in nature, existing eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that they are equally perfect and divine in every way, carrying out distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
3. About The Father
We believe in God the Father, who is infinite, who is spirit, who is personal, who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He is mercifully concerned for mankind and that He hears and answers prayer, and that He will save from sin and death, all who come to Him through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
4. About The Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is God’s only personally born Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe that through His substitutionary death we can be cleansed from sin. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into Heaven and that He continues there to intercede for His people. We believe that He will personally and visibly return to earth and that it could happen at any moment.
5. About the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who the Father and the Son sent to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come. He was sent to regenerate people, to set them apart for holy living and ministry, and to empower all them who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding Comforter, Helper, Teacher, and Guide.
6. About Human Beings
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, guilty and under condemnation. We believe that those who confess and repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are forgiven, cleansed, and reborn spiritually by the Holy Spirit.
7. About The Church
We believe that the universal Church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. It is made up of local church assemblies consisting of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been baptized after professing their faith in Christ, and who have committed to worship Him together, walk with Him together in fellowship and growth, and work for Him together in service to the body. We believe that God has laid the task of advancing His kingdom to a lost world upon the members of the local church.
8. About The Church’s Ordinances
We believe that Jesus Christ has committed to the local church two ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Biblical form of baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the Name of the Triune God. This baptism is the outward expression of an inward experience with Jesus Christ. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ in memorial of His death and in looking forward to our reunion with Him in Heaven.
9. About Church Authority
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; and therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
10. The Last Thing
We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the penitent righteous, and the endless suffering of the impenitent wicked.
Four-Fold Purpose Statement:
Within each person there is a strong desire to know and be known by their Creator, even if they are not professed believers in God. The world and what is in it will never satisfy us in the way that knowing God can. Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
Freedom is also a basic human desire. The Bible speaks often about freedom. In short, we experience true freedom in Christ by knowing Him, acknowledging our short comings, walking in His ways, and engaging with the changes He makes in and through our lives as we transparently live life together with other Christians committed to walking in His ways. This freedom transcends the human freedoms desired in this world, providing peace in this life and freedom with Christ forevermore.
Discover Your Purpose
Long before you were ever born the Lord knew you and had a purpose for your life. It is a unique purpose that only you can fulfill. The dreams and desires that you have are not an accident, they flow out of your special design and are meant to guide you toward God’s purpose and plan for your life. In Christ, He adds to that design special gifting that enables you to find and fulfill His plan. If you do not know what your God-given purpose is, don’t worry. The Lord has made it easy for you to discover His purpose and plan for your life. We invite you to join us on this journey.
Make a Difference
Deep down, everyone wants to make a difference. God wired us this way. He uses regular people like you and me who have a unique gift set; certain abilities, passions, personalities, and experiences to impact the world for Christ. He wants to use us to bring life-giving change all around us; in the lives of our friends, family, community and world. When we know God, find freedom from what holds us down and then discover our unique purpose, there is nothing that can stop us from making a difference in our world.
Mark and Laurie Fowler
Mark has been the Senior Pastor of Open Door since July of 2003. Mark and his wife Laurie returned to Maine after serving 14 years as missionaries with Avant in Ecuador, South America. They have four children: Amanda and husband Jeremy, Caleb, Alyssa and husband Naphtali, and Nathaniel and wife Katie. Laurie serves in our women’s ministry and worship teams.
Scott and Esther Littlefield
Scott grew up at Open Door and serves as Executive Pastor. He and his wife, Esther, lead our Small Group ministry and have a tremendous passion for people and the impact small groups have in their lives. Esther is also Pastor Mark’s administrative assistant and helps out in the Mission Cafe. They have a sweet little girl named Kirsten.
Andy and Cindy Boucher
Cindy has been serving us faithfully since 2007 as church secretary and is usually the first point of contact at our office. Should you drop in, you will surely be greeted with a smile and a friendly welcome. She and her husband, Andy, have been attending Open Door for over 25 years. Andy serves on the security team and is always willing to lend a hand when he sees a need.