Message on the Steeple

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Gracing the top of the building is an eight-sided, 120-foot, lighted steeple that was designed and crafted by members of the Portland congregation. The eight illuminated panels depict important tenets of Bible doctrine.

A closeup of the steeple, showing the illuminated panels that depict the organization’s doctrinal beliefs.

Panel One – The sun, clouds, and a rainbow represent God’s creation of the world. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Panel Two – The cross represents Calvary. Jesus died on the cross for the salvation of mankind. Because He died, it is possible for every person to be born again.

Panel Three – The heart, with a crimson stream flowing behind it, stands for the heart purity that is obtained at sanctification, the second definite work of grace.

Panel Four – The white dove represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit, when the Third Person of the Trinity comes to abide in the sanctified heart, bringing power for service.

Panel Five – The open Bible depicts the importance and infallibility of the inspired Word of God, which is the basis for all doctrine.

Panel Six – A golden torch with a flame arising from it stands for the torch of truth. It represents the goal of teaching and living the truths of the Bible.

Panel Seven – The cross, encircled by a crown, illustrates the fact that each Christian must take up the cross of Jesus Christ in order to receive a crown of life in eternity.

Panel Eight – An angelic messenger sounding a trumpet represents the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when He returns to this earth for those who have prepared their hearts. “Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time . . .” (Hebrews 9:28).

Sunday school during camp meeting convenes in the Portland church sanctuary.