Bluffton Wesleyan was founded in 1971 with the original name, "Bluffton Holiness Mission," under the burden to preach full salvation to the lost in and around Bluffton, Indiana.
In 1994, the church voted to change the name to "Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel". Within the next four years, the church went through two pastoral transitions and in July 1999, elected Rev. Chad Clark from Washington, Indiana to assume the position of pastor. Since then, the Church has again been "re-established" within the community and is an alive and thriving ministry.
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!
Statement/Articles of Faith
There is one God over all, the same yesterday, today and forever, theCreator 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.
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.
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.
True repentance toward God and faith in the shed Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring forgiveness of all our sins and the experience of the New Birth, whereby we become the children of God. The unconditional abandonment of all we are and have to God forever and an unwavering faith in the promise of the Father brings the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by whom we are sanctified wholly. This experience cleanses the heart of the believer from all sin, enables him to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength; and endows him with power for service. Regeneration and sanctification are both wrought by God’s free Grace and are witnessed to by the Holy Spirit.
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.
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 in the Biblical concept of the family to include: Father, Mother, and Children. (Joshua 24:15, Proverbs 22:6, Eph. 5:25, Titus 2:3-5).
We are opposed to anything that tends to break down the family unit, such as the sins of homosexuality, adultery, abortion, euthanasia, polygamy, abuse, pornography, and fornication. We believe the Bible offers forgiveness and Grace to those involved in these sins, at the time of their true repentance thereof.
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 all Christians must prayerfully and humbly pursue a lifestyle that will most surely and vividly testify to this generation that we are not of this world; that we are separate from unbelievers; and that by His Grace reflect the true Image of Christ. A holy life will declare to the world that we abide by the Scriptures, and will give outward evidence of a transformation by Divine Grace. Though our convictions and opinions may be many and varied, we will have our lives inwardly and outwardly directed and governed by His Word.
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 "heavenaly 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: This is not an exhaustive list of beliefs and practices. For more information, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org