What Is the Gospel?


The Gospel is the good news about what God has done to save us from sin and death and to bring us into a right relationship with Him.  It begins with God, our Creator, Who made humanity to reflect His character on earth and to enjoy a right relationship with Him as His creation.  We were made to bring Him glory and to fully enjoy Him forever.


But the very first people whom God made, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God. They broke the right relationship He intended for them in holiness and obedience.  They became tainted by sin, and the penalty of death was upon them ... and all who would be born to them.  Every single person immediately needed a Savior to take away their punishment and to offer them His right standing before God instead.


This is what Jesus Christ came to do.  His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection has done for us what we can never do for ourselves. He was born in perfection and purity from the stain of our sin.  He lived in perfect obedience to God, fully following His Father's desires.  He died freely, for our sins, and not for his own.   And He rose again, the first example of what hope we can have if we put our faith in Him.


Because Jesus died, anyone who trusts in Him receives His life for their own.  It's not that we can ever be good enough or do enough good to please God, or that God doesn't mind a little sin here or there.  Our good news is that Jesus died for us – and He calls us to live for Him.  We are ambassadors for Christ: trust in Jesus, and be made right with God!



The Bible


We believe the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Psalm 119:105, 1 Timothy 3:16-17



The Trinity


We believe in one God, the Creator of the universe and the Author of life, Who eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14



Humanity


All humanity is lost and in need of a Savior.


We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him.  Because every person is created in the image of God, all human life is sacred.  Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, in every stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.  We also believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed towards any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture. (Genesis 1:27; 2 Samuel 9; Psalm 90, 139; Isaiah 44:24; 46:3; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:20; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Romans 3:23; Galatians 1:15)


Despite our original creation in goodness before God, all humanity has lost the relationship God created us to have with Him through our own sinful disobedience.  As a result, we are incapable of gaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.  Every human being is in need of a Savior.  (Gen. 3; Ps. 143:2; Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:23; I Jn. 1:8-10)



Jesus Christ and Salvation


Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who is fully God and fully human, died for our sins and rose from the dead.


We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, fully God and fully human. He died for our sins and rose from the dead. Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life cannot be earned. Rather, they are available only to those who trust Christ as their Savior and Lord: by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Those accepting Christ should repent of their sin, confess their faith, and be baptized. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  (Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:1, 3:16, 14:6; Acts 2:38, 3:19-21, 4:12; Romans 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 15:1-8)



The Holy Spirit and Christian Living


We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today, indwelling and empowering Christians to live godly lives.

Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 5:18



The Church


We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, existing to save the lost and to edify the saved.  Through the church we celebrate baptism and communion, as Jesus commanded His followers.

Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16



The Future


We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to judge both the living and the dead.  He will send away from His presence those who have not trusted in Him for salvation, but He will bring with Him those who have trusted in Him to heaven.  From there He will reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Matthew 25:31-46, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 20:11-15



Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality


We believe that God creates each person in His image as male and female to honor Him in every way with their sexuality.


We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.  Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.  (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6; Galatians 3:28)


We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  (Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)


We believe that any form of sexual immorality – anything that violates God's standards from Scripture in the two preceding paragraphs (also including incest or use of pornography) – is sinful and offensive to God.  (Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Hebrews 13:4)

Learn through Connection.

We grow deeper in embracing what we believe as we join together in community with the church.  Sunday morning is where it starts, proclaiming what God reveals about Himself in song, prayer, and the preached Word.  Where it continues and takes root is in Connection Groups, as we support, strengthen, and sharpen one another.


We'd love for you to join a group and to begin connecting with others with the same heart and mission.



Learn more about Connection Groups at Central

moving forward.

A major goal of every student is graduation … and beyond.  We are eager to recommend options to students and their families so they can follow hard after God there as they've done here in Seymour.  Follow these links to different colleges, campus ministries, or post-graduation alternatives to consider what God might have in store for you!

  • "InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty. We minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large gatherings on campus, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship and life-changing conferences and events." InterVarsity has undergrad student ministries and Greek chapters at IU Bloomington, IUPUI, Purdue, Franklin, and other colleges in Indiana and across the United States.



  • "Our purpose is helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others and helping the body of Christ to do evangelism and discipleship through a variety of creative ways. Cru offers spiritual guidance, resources and programs tailored for people from all cultures in every walk of life through many diverse outreaches, including 2,400 campus ministries engaging more than 82,000 involved students in the U.S. college campuses."  You can find Cru at Ball State, Butler, Indiana State, IU Bloomington, IU South Bend, IUPUI, Purdue, the University of Indianapolis, and elsewhere across the U.S.


  • "Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings."


  • "Since 1893, Johnson University has been a leader in Christian higher education. Founded as a school to train preachers, Johnson has grown in both size and scope. Today the Johnson University System offers more than 70 bachelor's, master's, Ph.D., and associate's programs across three campuses - in East TennesseeCentral Florida, and Online. Each campus reflects the University's mission to equip individuals for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations to extend the kingdom of God."

  • "Taylor University, founded in 1846, is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana with students, faculty and staff dedicated to living life together in a discipleship community. We continually engage in campus and community activities including long-standing traditionscommunity outreach, athletics, wing events, and more. In addition, 80% of our students travel abroad and 97% are employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduation."



  • "Since 1886, Moody Bible Institute has been preparing students for ministry, with a combination of biblical knowledge and ministry experience. Moody Bible Institute's main undergraduate campus is located in the heart of the diverse, global city of Chicago. With nearly 2.7 million people from all walks of life and economic backgrounds residing in the nation's third largest city, Moody students have a fertile mission field at their doorstep."



  • "Anderson University is a private Christian college in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 by the Church of God, about 2,400 students call Anderson University home. AU students not only learn, experience, and play on campus, our close proximity to Indianapolis provides unique opportunities to discover life outside of AU. We aren’t inviting you to AU with that familiar mantra: Be somebody. You already are somebody—with a dream, a goal, and plan. So here’s our invitation to you: Be free to be yourself. Be bold and pursue your dreams. Just do it all wearing orange and black."


  • "The Word of Life Bible Institute is an incredible place to build a biblical foundation for life. Imagine being immersed in the Word of God every day and then having the opportunity to put it right into action in a local church ministry, youth camp, community outreach or even as part of an open air evangelism, sports, or music team. You learn the Word and then live it out! As a staff and faculty, you need to know that our focus transcends the classroom. We want to train and prepare you for a life of service for Jesus Christ."