Membership is the way you can intentionally raise your hand and say you want to be a part of what God is doing in and through Purpose Church. Also, because the leadership of the church is accountable to God for the people we lead, it’s important we know who calls Purpose Church their home.
what We believe
We believe the Bible, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s infallible Word written by authors who were uniquely and fully inspired by God Himself. (2 Tim 3:16) The Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts (Ps 12:6) and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith, conduct, and doctrine. There are no other similarly inspired writings.
We believe there is one true God (Dt 4:35,39; Dt 32:39; Is 43:10; 1 Chron 17:20) eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Mt 28:19) – each of whom possess equally all the attributes of Deity. God created the world, and all that is in it, out of nothing and by His powerful Word through which He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He operates throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
We believe Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-3; Titus 2:13), Co-Creator with God the Father, the Son of God, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and birth through the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35). He was both fully God and fully man. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily sacrificed Himself for the sins of all people by dying on the cross, as their substitute (1 John 2:2). In doing this, He satisfied God’s justice (Romans 5:9) and provided salvation for all who believe in and receive Him solely as their Lord and Savior (John 1:12). After three days in the grave, He arose from the dead in the same body (1 Cor 15:4) and forty days later ascended to heaven (Acts 1:3) where He is now seated at the right hand of God and continually intercedes for His people (Rom 8:34). One day He will return to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Zech 14:4)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is actively working in the world to reveal and glorify Christ (Jn 16:14) as He applies the saving work of Christ to people through: Enlightening the minds of sinners to the Truth; Awakening in them a recognition of their need for a Savior; and drawing them to Christ. At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer (Jn 14:17) and the person is baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13). The Holy Spirit guides the believer into a life of holiness and obedience. He is a source of encouragement, strength, wisdom, and conviction. (Eph 3:16) He helps believers understand and apply the Bible (Jn 16:13). He imparts unique gifts to each believer to be used to glorify God and edify the church as they build up other believers (1 Cor 12:10-11). He transforms believers into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18) such that they bear fruit to the glory of God and the increase of His Kingdom.
We believe God created man and woman in His own image to be in relationship with Him, and to be stewards over His creation (Gen 2:15). They sinned by disobeying God, were judged and punished by physical and spiritual death, and alienated from their Creator (Rom 5:12). As a result, all mankind is under Divine condemnation and the nature of all people is corrupted (Rom 3:10-12). Every person is in need of regeneration and renewal. No one is worthy to approach God or be reconciled to Him on their own merit. Only through the blood of Jesus Christ can men and women be reconciled to God.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Prairie Community Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Elders is Prairie Community Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
We believe that the Bible teaches that the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe that we demonstrate Christ’s character when we lovingly follow His example by living and proclaiming Biblical Truth regarding all matters of life, including sinful behavior (John 5:5-14; John 17:17).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11.)
We believe God’s desire is that all people repent and enter a loving relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. The salvation of people is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the result in any way of human work, (Eph 2:8-9) goodness, or religious ceremony (such as baptism). When an individual personally comes to repentance and faith in Christ alone for his salvation, God imputes Christ’s righteousness to him, (2 Cor 5:21) he is justified in His sight, (Rom 5:1) and the Christian then bears fruit in accordance with salvation. Such a person is a Christian and cannot lose his salvation once it has been received.
We believe there is one true Church comprised of all those who acknowledge and serve Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The Church is under the leadership of Christ (Col 1:18). A “local church” (such as Prairie Community Church) is a community of Christians who gather together regularly for prayer, worship, edification through the Word of God, fellowship with encouragement and support for each other, and participation in the ordinances (Acts 2:42). Each local church is a part of The Church, the extension of God’s kingdom on the earth, and as such, is responsible to faithfully fulfill His kingdom purposes in the world. Under the protective care of Elders and other leaders, a church is to work together in love and unity (Acts 20:28), intent on the ultimate purpose of honoring and glorifying God (1 Cor 10:31).
The Ordinances of the Church
We believe the ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion and communion. Baptism is a public affirmation of the believer’s new life in Christ, symbolizing the death and resurrection of Christ as well as the believer’s death to the old life of slavery to sin and rising to a new life of slavery to righteousness and freedom in Christ (Rom 6:3-5). We practice baptism by immersion – the dipping of a person completely under the water in accordance with the Scriptures (Mt 3:16). Communion is a celebration through which Christians, those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for their salvation. All Christians should enthusiastically embrace and participate in these ordinances, according to the Lord’s command (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11)
Human Destiny and Future Events
We believe death seals the eternal destiny of each person (Heb 9:27). At physical death, the Christian enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8) and awaits the physical resurrection of his body to everlasting glory in heaven (Rom 8:23), blessing, and rewards for good things done in this life. At physical death, the unrepentant sinner enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord (2 Thes 1:8-9) and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation in Hell (Rev 21:8; Jn 5:28-29).
We believe angels are spiritual beings created by God who inhabit the unseen spirit-world. They are ministering spirits sent by God to serve Christians (Heb 1:14), carry out God’s plans as He directs them and bring glory to God. We believe in the reality of Satan, an angel who rebelled and chose to be an enemy of God and mankind. Other angels have similarly sinned and directly rebelled against God. These fallen angels are known as Satan’s demons. Although powerful in this age, Satan and his demons have been conquered through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ and are doomed to eternal punishment in Hell (Mt 25:41).
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139). The only exception in this regard is to the Biblical teaching on Capital Punishment (Gen 9:6; Ex 21:12-14).
We believe: That God’s intention for marriage is established throughout the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; That God ordained marriage as a voluntary union for life of one man and one woman; That sexual intimacy is legitimate only within the bounds of marriage; That marriage is more than a contract between two persons: It is a covenant before God; That in Christian marriages, the church acts as an agent of God’s blessing, as a primary witness and as a supportive community; That a healthy marriage is the best foundation for families and the raising of children. See the definition of marriage expanded in our Constitution Article IV.