Simple Church. Huge God.
This church is an independent church. It is Christian, yes. But it is not legally tied to any other organization.
The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God gifts all believers with different gifts for different purposes.
One gift is the gift of the ministry, or the gift of preaching.
When a person receives this gift, it is their duty to start churches. (Ephesians 4:11-13, Romans 12:1-8))
This church exists because a man with that gift recognized his duty under God to do this work! We won’t even say his name here, because it should not be the focus. Many thousands of people have possessed this gift over the centuries, and many more will until Jesus returns.
We tend to worship the messenger rather than the Savior. So just know that ultimately, Jesus started this church, owns this church, and sustains this church as we believe in Him together and do what He asks. : )
*Obviously you can get more info on all the “church polity” if you want. We have bylaws and all that earthly jazz.
We believe the Bible, period. No, it was not the product of man just like any other religious book. It was inspired by the Spirit of God who moved men to write it. (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16) Evidence for this is clear as we read it, and as we study its origins. It contains the ultimate truth about life, and serves as God’s continual way of communicating His will for each individual human life. We eat, drink, and breathe the Bible!
We believe that the whole universe was brought into existence by the command of God. He spoke, and it came into existence. All things were created, and are upheld by His Word. (John 1:1, Genesis 1)
He created everything mature, but not yet diversified. He made a male and a female (Adam and Eve) as adults, for example, but the potential for all the different kinds of humans—all ethnicities were in their original DNA pool. Nothing was meant to experience death, but to flourish and multiply forever, sustained by God’s power.
The reason we see death, disease, and decay in the universe today is the result of what the Bible calls “sin.” This means “rebellion against God.” It is not just an “oops” mistake, like the slip of a pen, or a trip and fall. It is when the heart decides to go its own way rather than rely on its Creator. It is thinking, “I’m not sure about this ‘God,’ I think I have a better idea.” God said this would happen when Adam sinned originally, and He said it worsens as people continue to sin. (Psalms 14:1, Romans3:23, 6:23, Romans 1:18-21, Genesis 2:16-17, Romans 8:18-25, John 5:14)
This is what all of us are looking to escape!! A death followed by an eternity of darkness without God!! Our word for this today is “Hell.”
That’s where NorthIndy Church comes in! We give you the spiritual “juice” to not only avoid that unthinkable fate, but produce a whole new life for yourself in a new creation where death is not even possible. Our word for that today is “Heaven.”
The whole process of being saved from one fate and transformed for another is called “Redemption.”
In short, this happens by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7) We do not see Heaven or the way to be saved from Hell, but we trust the Words God gives us to lead us toward the goal. Like the old blindfold game, we have to trust the hand of the Master to guide us to the end.
We believe that there are many great churches that are legitimate places to guide you toward Heaven! Especially in America!! However, there are still not near enough in order to save everyone in the world population. There are over 2.3 million people in the greater Indianapolis area alone!! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indianapolis_metropolitan_area) We hope our church can save as many of them as possible.
The gist of how this works is through what the Bible calls “atonement.” When we sin, we deserve death. Either we will pay that death forever since sin is against an eternal God, or by faith we accept that someone else has paid that penalty for us. The most significant man in all history, Jesus Christ, was not so famous because He was just great. The Bible says He was actually God Himself as a man. So He died about 2,000 years ago under Roman crucifixion, what has become the universal emblem of suffering, in order to “atone” for our sin, which means to take the punishment of our death for us. He could do it because He was sinless and eternal. The only thing that could satisfy the justice of One Who is also Eternal. (John 3:16, Romans 3:24-25)
Then of course, we stop sinning. The Bible calls this “repentance.” If we do not repent, then obviously the atonement has no value for us.
If we persevere in trusting the atonement of Jesus and repenting of our sins through life we will eventually make it to Heaven. 🙂
If you want to know what we believe about when this will happen and how… well, all we know is that Jesus is preparing Heaven for us now and will One day come back to earth to destroy this universe and take us to the new one, and He says be ready for this to happen anytime!!! (Matthew 24:36-39, Acts 1:6-7)
What kind of music do you play?
We are a contemporary church. We focus on the new more than the old. Jesus says we should not mix old wine with new wine. Every once in a while we’ll sing an old hymn.
What am I expected to wear?
Anything that is acceptable under the law is acceptable to us. 🙂 AKA- as long as you’re wearing something, you should be fine.
Are you a certain denomination?
No. We are “non-denominational.” We relate to any organization on earth that supports anything of God. This church is all about God.
How can I know there is a God?
Romans 1:20 tells us that the evidence in the natural world is so great that no man has an excuse not to believe.
The simple logical argument from it all is that there is design in the universe, therefore there must be an Infinite Designer.
If someone says they do not see the evidence, and they scoff at the idea, it is because they have suppressed it at some point in their lives for some reason. Romans 1:18 says that all men are prone to suppress the evidence of God in their “wickedness.” To get their eyes open again we should do whatever we can!!!
How do I know there are no mistakes in the Bible?
Logic tells us again that there must be an absolute source for all truth. If there is no standard for an inch, for example, who knows how to measure anything! So there must be a standard book for life.
If we investigate all the books that claim to have this source, it becomes clear that the Bible wins the day.
If you want to see some of these specific reasons, one good book would be:
Many Infallible Proofs by Henry Morris
Does your church accept homosexuality?
We accept any person of the human race into our services!!!
No one is judged or “pushed out” because of what they do or what they believe.
GOD LOVES EVERYONE.
We do teach what the Bible states, that this action or thought is a sin, and obviously we want to help everyone escape the trap of any sin in their life. (Romans 1 & Romans 7) And loving someone means helping them out of sin and into a holy life. But there is absolutely no condemnation of people in our church culture.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO THE GRACE OF GOD.
Does your church accept a particular political view?
No. Jesus did not come to play politics. He left that to many of the religious leaders of His day. He came to seek and save the lost, period. (Luke 19:10)