We don't believe church is a place you attend, but a family you belong to. God's family!
Based in Lafayette Indiana, we consider ourselves a decentralized network of micro-churches that meet in homes and online with an emphasis on God's grace and empowerment in a believer's life.
Michael and Joy Carwile, originally from Kentucky, moved to Lafayette Indiana with their three children when God called them to start a new work. With a passion for helping people from all walks of life understand God and the scriptures like never before, they have made it their mission to empower others with the freedom, beauty, and truth of the Gospel.
The scriptures are inspired (God-breathed) and given to us by God, and they are accurate and authoritative in all matters to which they speak. Their primary purpose is to point people to Jesus Christ.
There is one true God who is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the source of all life and the eternal Creator and Ruler of the universe. And above all, God is Love.
Humankind was created in God's image to live and to enjoy a relationship with Him eternally. They were and always will be the product and object of God's love, therefore created only for good. God's design for humanity was made expressly for an abundant life. The definition of sin is missing the mark of that design for life. Because of sin, humankind lost its way. The consequence of sin is death. Since all have sinned and have fallen short of God's glory, all humanity has a need of rescue from death.
God, who is love, could not be satisfied with those He loves becoming lost forever. So God sent His only son Jesus to bear the burden of sin on a cross. Born of a virgin, He was fully God and fully man. And though entirely innocent and without sin, He willingly laid down His life for the guilty. He died for us and as us that those who believe in Him would not perish but instead have eternal life. And after three days of being entombed, He resurrected from the grave, defeating death once and for all! God declares Jesus' victory over sin and death our own when we believe in Him. He is our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that those who put their trust and hope in Jesus will live forever as He does.
Salvation is a gift from God and not earned. God's laws are too lofty and perfect for any human to attain righteousness on his or her own merit, which is why Jesus did the impossible and kept the laws of God on our behalf. At the cross, Jesus became our sin that we might become His righteousness before God. It is a gift from God to be freely received as it was freely given.
After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended to Heaven to be with the Father. And since it is not God's will that His followers should be left alone, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to come and live in those who believe in Him. The Spirit's job is to lead and guide the believer in life. In addition, the Spirit also baptizes the believer in power to equip them to do His work in the Earth. We believe God still performs "signs and wonders" today to demonstrate His love for us.
The Church is the body of Jesus Christ. It is the family of God who is the representatives and agents of change for the Kingdom of God in the Earth. The mission of the Church is and always will be to make disciples of Jesus in all nations.
A sacrament is a special event that both God and believers participate in, where God dispenses divine grace.
Water baptism is a sacrament that symbolizes one's death to the old life of sin and birth to the new life of Christ.
Communion is a sacrament that symbolizes Jesus' sacrifice for us. The broken bread represents the body of Jesus that was broken for us, and the cup represents the blood of Jesus that was shed for the cleansing of sin.
Marriage is a sacramental covenant made by God between a man and a woman. God makes the two one, just as He has made believers of Him one with Him by His Spirit.
We believe in embracing liberty and diversity on all other beliefs. For centuries the Church has been divided over non-essential beliefs. As much as possible, we choose to "preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
Mailing Address: 911 Blossom Court Lafayette, IN 47903
Email Address: [email protected]
Phone Number: 765-775-7226