PREAMBLE

WHEREAS, it is the express purpose of God our Heavenly Father to call out of the world a saved people who shall contribute to the Body of Christ, built and established on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone.

 

WHEREAS, the members of the Body of Christ are enjoined to assemble themselves together for worship, fellowship, counsel, and instruction in the Word of God and the work of the ministry and for the exercise of those spiritual gifts and offices provided for in the New Testament, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED:  That we recognize ourselves a body of Christian believers working together for the common purpose of spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that under the laws of the State of Indiana we may exercise all the rights and privileges granted to religious bodies.

 

TENETS OF FAITH

The Trinity

We believe that there is one God who exists eternally in three Persons, each fully God, sharing the same nature and attributes, equal in every divine perfection, and that they each fulfill distinct and separate offices in the work of creating, sustaining creation and in reconciling humankind to Himself.

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, creator of all things, who upholds, directs, governs all creatures, actions and things by His wise providence, according to His foreknowledge and the free counsel of His own will.  He is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that God concerns Himself in every aspect of human life, both corporate and individual, and in the social, cultural, economic and political spheres of human existence.  We believe that God hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true human, God’s only begotten Son, through whom everything was crated, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.  We believe that He experienced life as a true human being, but without sinning.  We believe in His vicarious, substitutionary, atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, where He makes perpetual intercession for His people, and in His personal visible return to earth.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convince the world of righteousness, to convict of sin and judgment, and to reconcile humankind to the Father by justifying, regenerating, sanctifying, and empowering everyone who believes in Jesus Christ by faith.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ as an abiding helper, teacher and guide.  We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows a variety of gifts, services and workings upon the Church to equip the saints for the work of ministry and for building up the body of Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission.

(Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31)

The Word of God

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, the one sufficient

Revelation of God, to whom the Holy Spirit presents a unique and authoritative witness.  We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that Scripture is the authoritative source and norm for proclaiming the gospel, as well as the supreme authority in all matters that concern faith and conduct.  We believe that the Scriptures record and announce God’s revelation of Himself to humankind, and that this revelation finds its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The spirit of God speaks through Scripture to the Church in order to create and sustain the Church in faith and fellowship and for service in the world.

The Human Race

 We believe that God created the human race as male and female and in His image, free from sin, so that they would be in personal relationship with Him.  The human race through Adam fell from grace by choosing to disobey God, and as a result every man and woman born since then is a sinner by nature and by choice.  We believe that we are all born spiritually dead, separated from God and in need of redemption.

The Church

 We believe in the Church, universal and local. Which is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and of which all regenerated persons are members, associated for worship, fellowship, and service.   We believe that through the life, death, resurrection and promised return of Jesus Christ the Church has the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all sin.  The Church is entrusted with proclaiming God’s message of reconciliation for the healing of the enmity that separates humankind from God and from each other. (I Thess. 2:4)

The Eschaton: The End of All Things

 We believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s sign that He will consummate His work of creation and reconciliation and bring to fulfillment the new life that was begun in Jesus Christ.  We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, where He will establish His kingdom on the earth.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous, and that in the final judgment, the fate of the righteous is to eternal happiness with God, and the fate of the unrighteous is to eternal separation from God.