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James R. Horne

Alabama State Overseer

P. O. Box 650

Bessemer, AL  35021

(423) 310-2702


The Church of God

General Headquarters

P. O. Box 450

Charleston, TN  37310

(423) 339-8624

General Website

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The Church of God, International Offices located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of God. Our vision and mission is to keep and guard the truth, to evangelize the whole world with the full Gospel, to gather God's sheep into one Body, and to strive for the perfection of the saints.

This website is the home of The Church of God in the state of Alabama. It is our desire and endeavor to see the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of His Church grow and flourish throughout our state.

A Message by our State Overseer:

The Banner – To Be Displayed Because of the Truth

June 13th, the “Arise, Shine” of The Church of God, was designated as Flag Day by the 59th Annual Assembly. The Church flag is hoisted and displayed in every land where The Church of God is organized and it continues to stand for His truth! The Church continues to practice all of the 29 prominent teachings just as they were given to the Church by our Lord, and as found in the whole Bible rightly divided. The world needs to see this banner as it is an identifying mark of this last days’ program. Wave it, display it, and get zealous about the Christ and Holy Nation it signifies!

The red represents the blood that Jesus shed for us (regardless of nation, kindred or tongue). “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

The white represents purity and holiness. “…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

The blue represents truth. “…that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1Tim. 3:15).

The purple represents royalty. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

The scepter means authority and power. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”  (Gen. 49:10). “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (Heb. 1:8). “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof”  (Matt. 21:43).

The star points to Jesus Christ. “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16).

The crown represents kingship. “And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33).

When the flag was accepted, God’s glory came down and filled the house in 1933 and again in 2001. Some have suggested that the one white oval represents greater unity and purity in the Church, or that two parts have fallen away and ONE will go through the fire. Others have thought of the trinity, the three symbols in one, while others have suggested that the sheep are coming to ONE FOLD. The blue lines at top and bottom are closer together than before. This should signify that the coming of the Lord for His Church is near and the doors of grace will soon be closed. As the song suggests, as long as they are open, God’s people who are still scattered are not yet gathered together in one.  

“And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly” (Isa. 5:26).

Let’s get excited about the Banner and show its colors on Flag Day and all the year through. How’s that flag sticker on the back windshield of your car holding up? If it’s faded, let’s replace it!

*Please see the book, “The Banner of Truth,” published by

The Church of God, for more scriptures and historical information.