We’ve always believed that if we could just get people to Jesus, their lives would be changed. God is restoring all of creation by the way of Jesus and His sacrificial love, and we’re invited to experience and share this good news. Our goal as a church is to introduce people to Jesus, to experience Him, and be formed into His image. As we love our neighbors in Indianapolis and around the world, we reflect the heart of God’s sacrificial love to a world that’s hungry for renewal.
We believe this is the purpose of every person on earth, and we invite you on the journey with us. We pursue this through five primary values.
We believe that God is real and alive, and He cares deeply for His creation. In Jesus, we see the profound love, sacrifice, and glory of the God. Through His Spirit, we can know and be known by Him, which is the treasure of all life. We pursue not just knowing information about Jesus but knowing and loving Him on a deep and personal level. Over and over we’ve seen that encountering Jesus changes people’s lives; the presence and power of His Spirit has a profound, lasting effect on us.
(Matthew 6:10, Acts 9, Matthew 28:20, Acts 17:28, Jeremiah 29:13, Psalm 145:18.)
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is not only the means of our salvation but also the blueprint for our formation. We believe that accepting Jesus is merely the beginning of a vibrant life of faith. We commit to the spiritual disciplines (prayer, Scripture, corporate worship, fasting, simplicity, confession, etc.) as a means of submitting ourselves to God for transformation. None of us ever do this perfectly, and we recognize that we’re all beginners in the way of Jesus.
(Matthew 7:24, Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:20-32, Colossians 4:2, Acts 17:11.)
Commitment to Community
In an age when relationships are often unstable and fleeting, we believe the church should be a place of stability, belonging, and faithfulness. The biblical word for this in Hebrew is “shalom.” This sense of wholeness or “shalom” within individuals, friendships, and families is important to God. We’re committed to meeting together regularly, building each other up, and caring for everyone in our community. We aim to be a culture of grace & encouragement, where each individual can live into their Kingdom-calling. Though we all come from different backgrounds and opinions, we commit to pursuing unity through the bond of the Holy Spirit. We want to work through conflict in healthy ways that actual strengthen the trust of those involved and help to form individuals into the image of Jesus.
(Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:4-5, Matthew 18, 1 Peter 3:8, Hebrews 10:25.)
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And a second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” We join in Jesus’ prayer that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven,” where God’s perfect justice and goodness reign in equity for all people. According to Jesus, loving God and loving others are two sides of the same coin. He’s given us the gift of His Spirit to share the Gospel and invite others into His Kingdom. The church’s role is to be a witness to God’s love, stand up against injustice, and be a voice for the voiceless.
(Matthew 22:36-40, Proverbs 19:17, Isaiah 58, Luke 12:33-34, 1 John 3:17, Deut. 15:11.)
Grounded in Scripture
To study the Scriptures is to study the heart of God. A love for the Scriptures empassions Christians to know God and live into the “fullness of life” that Jesus came to bring. In a culture where words are quickly losing meaning, the written words of God are as priceless as ever. We recognize the Bible as inspired by God himself, the written record of God’s redemption story with humanity. We believe the Scriptures are alive - they shape and transform us over a lifetime of reading, study, and meditation. We trust that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and guides us into a deeper understanding as we read.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, Luke 11:28, Matthew 7:24, Deuteronomy 8:3, James 1:22, 1 John 2:27)
These statements below are the Scriptural teachings that sit behind who we are and motivate how we live our lives.
The Mission of God’s People
We are called to join with God in His ongoing project of restoring the world. He has invited us, commissioned us, in the name and way of Jesus so that the world will know that God loves them, is grieved by their current condition and rebellion, and has offered them a way back to the family that they were created to live in. We show this love in a variety of ways in order to let people know that we care and that God loves them and wants them to come home.
Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 28:18-20; II Corinthians 5:11-21; I Peter 1:9-12
God (Yahweh) is the creator, sustainer, and redeemer of everything that exists. He is the one and only God manifesting Himself in three persons-the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (i.e. Trinity). These three persons have the same nature, are co-equal and co-existent.
Genesis 1 & 2; John 14:15-21; Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He was God in the flesh, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was sinless, yet He gave His life for the sins of the world by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, and is our great High Priest and Advocate. He alone can restore the relationship of mankind to God.
Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:18-25; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. He is the Spirit of God and Christ, filling, comforting, empowering and guiding those obedient to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the present and active person and power of Jesus that empowers God’s people to live into the mission of the kingdom of God.
Genesis 1:1-2; Joel 2:28-29; John 14:15-21; I John 2:1-6; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8; I Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-26
Sin and Man
Man is created in the image and likeness of God. The first man, Adam, rebelled against God, fell from a right relationship with Him, and in so doing, introduced sin and death into the world. All human beings share Adam's sinful, fallen nature. We are all naturally sinful and we need Jesus to rescue us from our sin.
Genesis 3:13-17; Romans 5:12-13; I Corinthians 15:22
Salvation and Grace
God sent Jesus to save mankind from his sins and restore his relationship with God. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross, died, and was resurrected, atoning for the sins of all who believe in Him. Man can do nothing to earn his salvation. It is grace — a free gift of God through faith.
Romans 3:10-24; Ephesians 2:1-10
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the Divine authority for all Christian faith and life.
Psalm 119:9-16; II Timothy 3:16-17
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The return of Jesus is to be eagerly anticipated. It gives Christians the courage to pray without ceasing, to work with energy, to expose falsehood, and to strive for justice and peace. Godly men and women hold a number of views concerning the return of Jesus Christ. These are matters of scriptural interpretation and so should not be used as a test of faith or fellowship.
I Thessalonians 3:11-13, 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:20-28
The Eternal State
Those who are “in Christ” have already been raised with Christ and seated in the heavenly place where Christ is (Ephesians 2:1-10). Eternity is already under way and we are awaiting the time when Jesus will return to finish what He started and make all things new. Those who have trusted Jesus and died before His return will be raised back to life and given new bodies that are equipped for their eternal existence in this new creation. Those who have rejected Jesus in this age will spend eternity apart from Him.
I Corinthians 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:27-28; II Corinthians 5:1-10
Baptism is the public sign that we have declared our allegiance to Jesus and to His body, the church. The act is a symbol of our life with God. Being immersed under the waters is symbolic of being crucified with Christ, our sins buried. Our emergence from the water proclaims a resurrected life, being made new in Jesus (Romans 6:3-4). The water has no saving power; that is God’s work. The symbolism and importance of baptism is seen in the life of Jesus (Mark 1:9) and in the life of the church after the resurrection (Acts 2).
We understand that there are many traditions in regards to baptism. We practice baptism by immersion for those who have come to an understanding of their sin, recognize their need for God’s grace and have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If you would like to speak to someone about baptism or about being baptized, please contact our Lead Pastor, Nick Morrow.
Communion/The Lord's Supper
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He shared the traditional Passover meal with His disciples (Matthew 26). During this meal, He helped His followers to re-imagine this feast in light of what would happen to him days later. He would give His life as atonement for the sins of humanity and to conquer the power of sin and death. During this meal, He took the wine and the bread and told His disciples that whenever they eat this bread or drink this cup they are proclaiming His death until He returns. There is also the mystery of Christ’s presence in this meal. When we take the bread and the cup, we are invited to encounter Jesus. We practice this remembrance feast each week and invite all who look to Jesus for God’s grace and mercy to join us at the table.