THE BELIEFS OF WESTFIELD FRIENDS CHURCH WHICH WE CONSIDER AS VITAL AND LIFE GIVING ARE:
ABOUT GOD We believe in one sovereign and holy God expressed in three persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 45:5, 53; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:18, 3:16, 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 4:6)
ABOUT JESUS We believe Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He is God’s only son who was crucified and resurrected from the dead as an atonement for sin. He is the savior of the world. (John 3:16, 10:30; Acts 4:12; Romans1:3-4, 6:23; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 3:18)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and provides that person with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what pleases God. (John 15:26, 16:5–15; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16)
ABOUT THE BIBLE We believe the Bible is God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, who is the ultimate and final authority for the church on all matters of faith and life. (John 14:26, 20:31, Acts 15:28; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:18-21; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
ABOUT MAN We believe that man was created by God, but that man willfully sinned and became separated from God, only to be reconciled through salvation and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27; John 15:4; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23-24, 8:1-2)
ABOUT SALVATION We believe salvation, or the forgiveness of sins, is a gift from God to man, received by faith, and comes only by God’s grace through the blood of Christ (his death on the cross). (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8–9; Titus 3:4–5)
ABOUT THE CHURCH We believe the Church is the gathering of those who have been called out of this world into fellowship with God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church’s purpose is to be the visible expression of Jesus Christ in the world. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 4:19; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 3:14-17; 1 Peter 2:9)
ABOUT THE MINISTRY We believe in the priesthood of all believers, each of whom may approach God directly without the aid of an ordained human priesthood. (1 Cor. 12:7; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; Eph. 1:22; 1 Peter 2:9; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Rev. 1:6)
ABOUT SACRAMENTS We believe inner communion and the baptism with the Holy Spirit are spiritual realities beyond outward symbols of bread, wine and water. They are expressed in a sacramental life lived out daily in the presence of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11, 18:20; John 4:23-24, 6:35, 48-58; Acts 1:4-5, 11:15-16, 15:28-29; Romans 14:17; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:16, 20-22; 1 Peter 3:21-22)
Westfield Friends Church is a Christ-Centered church. WFC is part of an Association called Evangelical Friends. We are Christian believers in Christ first, and Friends (Quakers) second. We are a part of 56 churches in Indiana, called Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends or IYM (www.iym.org). IYM is affiliated with Friends United Meeting (www.fum.org).
What is an Evangelical-Friend? In our hearts, an Evangelical-Friend is someone who is Christ-centered and seeks to love on the lost and broken and use spiritual giftings to show others the way to Christ.
To understand us fully, you can check out the websites listed just above or simply give us a call at 317-896-9233. We desire our worship services to be authentic and real—a place for people to come and worship in the presence of our awesome God.
We proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior who desires an intimate relationship with every person. More than an ancient historical figure, Jesus is always present when we gather in his name. We come to experience the Holy Spirit moving in our midst.