Who We Are
We are a joyful community of people who are being transformed by the beauty and power of the Gospel as disciples of Jesus Christ where we live, work, and play. This can be summarized by Christ Community’s three-fold purpose:
- Exalt God’s Glory // In all that we say, do, and think; in every worship service and ministry program; in our homes, schools, and workplaces—we seek to magnify the glory of our wonderful God.
- Equip God’s People // With each Biblical sermon, class, and youth group lesson; with every small group gathering and fellowship meal; with any seminar or Bible study or educational resource—we seek to grow God’s people as faithful disciples.
- Extend God’s Kingdom // Through every retelling of the Gospel story; through every mission trip and service project; through each Gospel-shaped invitation and testimony and conversation—we seek to follow Jesus’ call to advance His redemptive reign as King.
What We Believe
As a Reformed and evangelical church, we affirm the five solas of the Reformation. These simple and profound commitments, which act as an encapsulation of the Gospel, inform what we believe about God, the Bible, humanity, and salvation. We also hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms, which is the standard for our denomination (see below).
- sola scriptura // Scripture alone
The Bible alone is the inspired Word of God, and as such it is uniquely inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 | 2 Peter 1:21
- solus Christus // Christ alone
Christ alone is the mediator between God and humanity, for by His work alone is humanity reconciled to God.
Acts 4:12 | Romans 3:21-26 | 1 Timothy 2:5
- sola fide // faith alone
Faith alone in Jesus is the means through which His righteousness is credited to us, making us right before God.
Galatians 2:15-16 | Ephesians 2:8-9
- sola gratia // grace alone
God’s grace alone, working for and within us, is the foundation for our salvation and our sanctification.
Romans 3:23-24 | Ephesians 2:8-9
- soli Deo gloria // glory to God alone
To God alone belongs all the glory, because the Christian cannot claim any role in his or her salvation.
Romans 11:36 | Ephesians 2:9
- We believe in the Holy Trinity—there is one God, who exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation. We believe that He will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
- We believe that the Bible tells one unified story that points to and is fulfilled in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, embodied in His Gospel.
- We believe that all humans are made in the image of God and have innate value, purpose, and potential.
- We believe that all people are sinners and are totally unable to save themselves from God’s just wrath against their sin, except by His mercy.
- We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His covenant promises. Thus, God gives each family member the opportunity to repent and believe.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are designed to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and that a person is most satisfied and fulfilled when they are living out this purpose.
- We believe that there is only one Savior: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- We believe that salvation is accomplished by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save.
- We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
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As a Presbyterian church, our local body is led by a group of elected elders (called a Session) who are themselves accountable to regional and national bodies. The national body of which we are a member congregation is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA was formed in 1973 to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in North America and beyond.
The regional body to which we belong is the Central Indiana Presbytery (CIP). In 1990, there were three PCA churches in central Indiana. By the grace of God working through church-planting efforts, we now have over a dozen churches in our area.
God has been gracious to Christ Community Church, and it is easy to see His hand at work as we consider our history. The following are a few highlights and turning points as our church has grown over the years.
- early 1990 // The PCA decides to plant a new flagship church in the north suburban Indianapolis area. Pastor Tim Kirk begins to lead small group meetings in August.
- November 11, 1990 // The first worship service is held in the cafetorium of Clay Jr. High (now Clay Middle School) in Carmel, Indiana with 120 men, women, and children in attendance.
- March 28, 1993 // Christ Community particularizes as a self-governing church, and the first three ruling elders are ordained. The following year, Christ Community’s first deacons are ordained.
- May 1995 // A building campaign is organized to raise money for a permanent church home.
- August 1995 // The building on Main and Gray is purchased, and worship services begin that Fall.
- 2001 // Christ Community plants Crossroads Community Church in Fishers.
- 2007 // Christ Community plants New City Church in East Metro Indy.
- 2013-2014 // The Diaconate leads two major upgrades to the church building: a larger kitchen area and an improved sanctuary.
- 2015 // Christ Community plants Midtown Church in the Meridian/Butler University area.
- January 2016 // Pastor Tim Kirk resigns as senior pastor to take a newly-created position with the Central Indiana Presbytery as Director of Church Planting.
- Fall 2016 // A new outdoor patio is added for Sunday fellowship and outdoor events.
- September 2017 // Pastor Josiah Jones is installed as the new senior pastor at Christ Community Church.
- Winter 2020 // The large Sunroom is transformed into a Playroom for church families and later the public.
CIP Youth Fall Retreat