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"WHERE GOD & PEOPLE MEET"
Bluffton Wesleyan was founded in March of 1972 with the original name, "Bluffton Holiness Mission," under the burden to preach full salvation to the lost in and around Bluffton, Indiana.
In 1995, the church voted to change the name to "Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel".
If you are looking for a place to hear the Word of God preached, have questions that you have always been hesitant to ask, and want to feel and know the presence of God, Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel is the place for you!
As Wesleyan/Methodist people we unashamedly believe & proclaim:
ALL PEOPLE NEED TO BE SAVED.
ALL PEOPLE CAN BE SAVED.
ALL PEOPLE CAN KNOW THEY ARE SAVED.
ALL PEOPLE CAN BE SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST.
Statement/Articles of Faith
Statement/Articles of Faith
There is one God over all, the same yesterday, today and forever,
the Creator of all things, and in whom all things consist.
There is one Savior, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God,
who is the Supreme head of the Church which He redeemed unto
God by His own blood.
(Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 4:9)
There is one Holy Spirit, the third person in the Trinity, who is now the representative of the Godhead on earth, who came from the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and the judgment. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three Persons united and inseparable, of one substance, and co-eternal.
(John 14:26; 1 John 16: 13-15; John 16: 7-8; Titus 3:5; John 14:17)
We emphatically affirm our unwavering faith in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
They are divinely and supernaturally inspired, infallibly true as originally given, and divinely authorized as our rule of faith and practice.
(2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
We believe in the free will of all mankind. Man's creation in Godlikeness included the ability to choose between right and wrong and that thus he was made morally responsible. The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and work, to faith and calling upon God. Thus, grace is freely bestowed upon all men, enabling them to turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight. We believe than man, after receiving the experience of regeneration and entire sanctification is free to elect the way of sin again, and may fall from grace and apostatize and, unless he repents of his sin, be hopelessly and eternally lost.
(Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; Jeremiah 10:23; Romans 11:22; Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26-29; Jude 24; Revelation 3:5)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and freely received through faith and not by our own works. God graciously justifies, regenerates all who repent of their sins and believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and seals them as His own with the Holy Spirit. As the children of God they are restored to fellowship with Him, delivered from the penalty of sin as well as from its willful practice, are initially sanctified, and given assurance of salvation by the Holy Spirit who dwells in them.
(Romans 5:18-19; Titus 2:11; Romans 6:23; Acts 15:11; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that entire sanctification is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the child of God is cleansed from inherited depravity and empowered for more effective service through faith in Jesus Christ. It is subsequent to regeneration and is accomplished in a moment of time when the believer presents himself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God. The Spirit-filled believer is thus
enabled to love God with an undivided heart.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Acts 15:8-9; Acts 1:8; 3 Romans 12:1-2; James 4:8)
We believe entire sanctification is both preceded and followed by growth in grace, expressed in advancing Christlikeness. After entire sanctification, we grow in grace by responding to the Holy Spirit as He guides us to apply the principles of holiness in all areas of life.
(2 Peter 1:6-8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16; Titus 2:12)
We believe in the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the body, the judgment of all mankind, the everlasting consciousness and punishment of the wicked, and the eternal life and happiness of the righteous (1 Corinthians 11:26; Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; John 5:28-29; Romans 8:11; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:11-13; Daniel 12:2; Hebrews 2:1-3; 6 2 Peter 3:13; John 14:3; Matthew 25:41).
We believe in the Biblical mandate of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission for
all Believers to proclaim the Gospel and to disciple all nations.
We believe that the six days of creation, as recorded in Genesis 1 and Exodus 20:11, are to be understood as six literal twenty-four hour days. Any teaching that would seek to reconcile any form of evolution (including, but not limited to: “theistic evolution”, “progressive creation”, “the gap theory”) or otherwise propose on “old-earth” theory, in excess of 7,000 years is expressly denied as unscriptural and forbidden. Death is a result of man’s sin and could not have happened before the “original sin” of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after six days of creation, thus nullifying any form of evolutionary teaching of death before sin.
We believe that the Bible gift of tongues is for the proclamation of the Gospel and is given at the discretion of the Holy Spirit to communicate with speakers of other earthly languages. It is not a "heavenly language" that is exercised at the will of the individual. (Greek "glossa", Latin "li agua", Hebrew "lashion" meaning speech, language) (Acts 2:1-13). We further believe that "tongues speaking" is not the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we stand opposed to the modern, unscriptural glossolalia movement.
Please note: The Articles of Faith are not intended to include every detail of our beliefs. The Bible is our final authority,
but we do believe that our Articles of Faith are an accurate scriptural summary of these doctrines.
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