This church is and shall be known as the Oasis Of Hope Baptist Church of Indianapolis Indiana.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
This local church exists to: Exalt and to worship/praise Our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
To Edify/strengthen and build up the saints of God; To Evangelize the unsaved and Disciple the saved; Equip, train to prepare the saints of God for service; to encourage the believers, and to assemble ourselves together on a regular basis for fellowship and worship. (Hebrew 10:24-25)
ARTICLE III DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
(OFTEN KNOWN AS THE STATEMENT OF FAITH IN WHAT WE BELIEVE)
The Doctrinal Statement of this church contains our core Scriptural Values, Convictions, and Beliefs. These core values or doctrinal convictions are non-negotiable which means cannot be ignored, water-downed or changed. As Psalms, 119:89 says: Forever O Lord your Word is settled in heaven”. Certainly, these doctrines can be expanded upon for greater clarification, but the basic meaning of God’s Word cannot be changed or altered. Truly God’s Word is inexhaustible, so the doctrine below is a brief summation of our Statement of Faith.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE SCRIPTURES:
What We Believe:
We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We believe God’s Word consists of a total 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament, and is supernaturally inspired so that it is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God in its verbal and plenary inspiration so that it is a divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.(Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe in one Triune God eternally existing in three Person-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit-having the same nature, attributes and perfections, Co-Equal; Co Existent, Co-Eternal, and Co Essence. One God but manifests Himself in three Persons. He is totally Supreme, and sovereign. He is the Great I AM. God eternally was, is, and will always be, Having no beginning and no end. (Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 12:14; 1 Timothy 3:16-17,28:19; John 1:1-2, 14, 10:30, 14:15-17; 1Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe in God as absolute and sole Creator and Sustainer of the universe and that creation was by divine command, from nothing and not through an evolutionary process (John 1:3, 10; Acts 17:24-25; Genesis 1:1).
We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Christ into the world to save sinners (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1John 4:14).
GOD THE SON:
We believe that Jesus Christ was fully God in the flesh and fully man, that He was born of a virgin and that He lived a sinless life, in which He taught and performed mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels. We believe that He was crucified, shed His blood, died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day Forty days later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is Head of the Church and intercedes for believers, From there He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Hebrew 1:1-2,7:25; Luke 1:30-35; Ephesians 4:8; John 1:1-5; Revelation 20:4).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God, possessing all the divine attributes. He convicts of sin regenerate, indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation filling them in response to yieldedness, with the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ (John 3:5,16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18; 1Corinthians 6:19,12:13).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. We believe that all men are morally corrupt, and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works, and that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.(Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:5, 6:23, 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons, who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ; that they are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head; and are commissioned for the God-given task of worshiping, fellowshipping, teaching, evangelizing and exercising the spiritual gifts.(Acts 2:42, 47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20:17,28-32, 1Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11).
We are instructed by the writer of Hebrews that believers are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves with one another (Hebrew 10:24-25).
We believe that the local church is autonomous and free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 20:28; Romans 16:1,4: 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7,13; 1Peter 5:1-4).
We believe the ordinances for the believer are water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as a memorial. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation. But both of which are an evidence of obedience and fellowship with the Lord (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41,8:12, 35-38; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE:
We believe that a Christian should walk in holiness and not after the flesh, with the goal of being conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a new creation, walking in the Spirit, the Christian learns to grow in faith, in obedience to Scripture in prayer, in fellowship with the saints, and in a life of service. We believe that the Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to have his life evaluated according to his deeds (Galatians 5:16-26; Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:20-24 John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Romans 8:29).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord.(Col 3:17-23) or to cause another to stumble (Romans 14:13) We are commanded by God to separate from all worldly and sinful practices, pleasure and associations (Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5
THE SECOND COMING:
We believe that Christ has gone to prepare a place for the believer in Christ and that He will come again to receive them to Himself (John 14:2-3) The blessed Hope of the believer (The Church) is the Rapture when Christ returns to call His saints first from the grave and then those who are alive to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) The Rapture will be followed by seven years of Tribulation (Matthew 24:21-27; Revelation 6:1-9,21) At the close of the Tribulation Period, Christ will return to earth in His physical body to set up His Kingdom (Acts 1:6-11; Mark 13:24-27; Revelation 19:11-21) He shall judge the nations of the world (Matthew 25:31-46) He shall reign upon the earth for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-7) He shall finally judge at the Great White Throne all those who have rejected God’s salvation through faith in Christ. (Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).