Welcome to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barberton's website. The purpose of First Evangelical Lutheran Church is to grow more Christ-like as we minister to each other and the community.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ, 2and the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3Endure hardship with us like a good solider of Jesus Christ. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs - he wants to please his commanding officer. 5Similarly if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7Ref!ect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all of this. 8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David - that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; 13if we are faithless, he remains faithful - for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:1-13(NRSV)