OUR MISSION

A More Excellent Way

"Where Jesus is Exalted, and The Word Is Explained"
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

The mission of the Eastern Star Church ministry is evangelism and discipleship. We are committed to the great commission instituted by Jesus Christ that of saving souls and nurturing souls that have been saved. (Matthew 28:18-20). Everything we have done is to live out this vision that the Lord has given to our church family. From adding ministries to staffing, from building facilities to adding programs, from stewardship to membership, it has all been for the purpose of being obedient to the commission of Christ.

In order to do this we must be committed to excellence at every level (Philipians 3:12-14). Excellence in service, attitude, humility, programs, staff, and facility must be committed to.

Our desire should be that the environment of the church has a certain quality and promote excellence in fellowship, functions, ministry programs, building design and spiritual lives. We must encourage our congregation to seek excellence for the Lord in every endeavor.

Eastern Star must be a well-rounded ministry that is rooted in Biblical standards and that provides quality service for all who attend. We must be people-focused, bible-based and doctrinal-purposed centered on Jesus Christ and complemented with a practical freedom within ministry (reaching many people, confronting various problems, and creating numerous solutions). We must do this with a sense of excellence and outstanding quality in every ministry and service that we offer.

Jesus shows us "a more excellent way". We must follow His example by consistently providing the best planning, labor and thought behind each ministry. We cannot settle for mediocrity.

The future vision of Eastern Star Church will have a permanent northeast and northwest Indianapolis facility, and church plantings will show up around the city and the country. By using the Eastern Star Church model of church growth and meeting people's needs. Eastern Star Church can assist other churches and staff by helping them grow and develop and reach even more souls for Christ. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

VISION

I believe the word of God includes the proclamation of both the eternal power of Calvary and the potential power of Pentecost; the power of Jesus Christ for salvation because of the crucifixion/resurrection and the filling/controlling power of the Holy Spirit for service and holy victorious living because of Pentecost.

Acts 20:27; Acts 1:8

I believe in the value of all spiritual gifts for the edification of believers and the body of Christ until the end of this church age is consummated by the glorious event return of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe these spiritual gifts are given for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ and are given without regard to ethnicity, social class or gender.

 

CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior 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, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aide 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 contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of its 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 secret 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 or, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior 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. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

·      I believe the Word of God includes the proclamation of both the internal power of Calvary and the potential power of Pentecost.  Acts 20:27; Acts1:8

·      I believe in the value of all Spiritual Gifts for believers in the Body of Christ until the end of this church age is consummated by the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 12-12; Rom 12:3-7; Eph 4:11-12; 1 Cor 13:10

·      I believe in the Divine personhood of the Holy Spirit and His present day ministry to believers, which includes the sovereign distribution of spiritual gifts to believers for empowerment service.

I Cor 12

·      I believe in the autonomy of the local church as an independent entity with regard to matters of government, polity operation and discipline.

I Cor 5:5; IThes 5:21; 2Thes 3:6, 14-15; Acts 6:3-5, 11:22, Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5

·      I believe in the formal and intentional praise and worship of Almighty God as a proper spirit-led corporate acknowledgement and response to His person and work. Ps 46-50; John 4:23


·      I believe Jesus Christ as Baptizer with the Holy Spirit where by He, by means of the Holy Spirit brings men and women at salvation into relationship with Himself and His Body the church. Mat 3:11; John 1:33; 1 Cor12:13

·      I believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for all Christians. 

Rom 8:14-27

·      I believe that the Holy Spirit fills or empowers believers for service in the kingdom of God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the result of continuing submission to divine power and control.

·      I believe all believers "are" baptized with the Holy Spirit and all believers "should be" filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8; Eph 5:18; 1 Cor 12:13

·      I believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit are distinct, separate valid and valuable ministries of the Holy Spirit which may occur simultaneously at salvation. 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 5:18

·      I believe the Bible is the written and Holy Spirit inspired Word of God; that the Truth found in the scriptures is absolute, inerrant and infallible; that the scriptures are the final authority for the life of the believer and the church.