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Mission Statement

God has called Christ Risen the Interactive Church to draw people to His Son so that His creative purpose in every person can be realized. That’s our mission: To help you fulfill life’s purpose.
Behind this mission is our deep commitment to the Gospel of Christ and the inerrancy of Scriptures. Accomplishing this mission will only come as we fulfill the basic responsibilities of every local church: worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism.
We sense that God has given us a distinct assignment as a local church. We’re excited. We invite you to join us as we, together, pursue lives of eternal significance in Christ Jesus.

Faith and Practice of Christ Risen the Interactive Church

Why a Faith and Practice Statement?
The reason for our Faith and Practice Statement is that theology is constantly changing. New issues appear; new debates arise.
Articles of Faith present the doctrines we are committed to as a church. But these historic truths are always under attack. Often theologians try to “sneak” new thoughts into old categories by simply changing the language.
So we need to constantly restate our convictions in precise terms, which keep us within our historic parameters as a conservative, evangelical church.
Here is our current Faith and Practice Statement, that dynamic restatement of our bedrock beliefs:
Christ Risen seeks to avoid divisions in its membership and to follow the admonitions of the Bible regarding the necessity of unity, both doctrinally and practically in the fellowship we enjoy in this nondenominational environment. We do not desire to restrict our fellowship to anyone who meets the requirements of membership, but we also insist in our constitution that our members do not propagate, teach, or manifest doctrines and practices that would be divisive or conflicting with the doctrinal positions approved by its Board of Elders. Therefore, the Board of Elders and Pastoral Staff of this church have taken the following positions regarding issues relating to various doctrines:

Salvation

God, out of love for the human race, sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. Jesus Christ, God incarnate (God in the flesh), paid the full penalty for human sin when He died on the cross. Any person who, in simple faith, trusts in the risen Christ as his only hope of heaven, refusing to trust in anything else, receives the gift of eternal life which once granted can never be lost. Every child of God possesses eternal life and, being regenerated, justified, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward and incur the Father’s discipline. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to the Word of God.
See John 3:16-18; 5:24; 6:47; 10:27-30; Romans 3:21-25; 4:5; 8:38-39; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:3-7; Revelation 22:17.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word written, inspired, infallible, and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters on which it bears. The New Testament interpretation of the Old Testament, both factually and theologically, represents an authoritative way of interpreting the Bible. See Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that all believers in Jesus Christ are regenerated, baptized, sealed, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Titus 3:5), and that He fills those who obey the Lord and separate from sin (Ephesians 5:15-21; Galatians 5:16-26).

The Time of the Rapture

We believe that prior to His second coming to earth, Christ will have raptured the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Between the Rapture and the Second Coming, there will be at least a period of seven years during which God’s program will again center around Israel (Daniel 9:24-27). This will be a time of great distress and tribulation (Matthew 24:21). A large part of this will have as it purpose to purify Israel (Ezekiel 20:37f) to a remnant of believers who will enter the millennium (Romans 11:25-26). The Antichrist will be in control during this time. It is affirmed that the best interpretation of the Scriptures shows that the church will be raptured before this period of tribulation and will not be subjected to these judgments (2 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10; Jeremiah 30:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:10).
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Our Beliefs

  1. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and we believe that they are distinct personalities with distinct roles, but still one God. And that one God is the creator of the universe.
  2. We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God in its entirety and that it does not contradict itself. It is our guide.
  3. We believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and was raised from the grave. He will return as our victorious Lord.
  4. We believe our salvation comes only through Jesus Christ and cannot be earned. It is a gift of God.
  5. We believe the church, as the body of Christ, is the extension of Jesus Christ's character, attitude, behavior, and mission in our world today.
  6. We believe faith in Jesus requires repentance, confession of that faith before witnesses, and obedience to His Word. Baptism by immersion demonstrates our faith and obedience while it shows evidence of our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
  7. We believe man was created in the image of God and that He gives gifts to both men and women through the Holy Spirit for the benefit of the church's ministry.
  8. We believe everyone who accepts Christ has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who acts as a Comforter, Guide, and Advocate.
  9. We believe that humility in prayer is the foundation for all we do and that celebrating communion together regularly is beneficial for all Christians.
  10. We believe marriage has been established by God. This church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these Articles.
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Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the Spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
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