Our statement of faith is based on Biblical Scripture and told through the Apostles Creed:
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
The Church in DeKalb is a relatively new church in DeKalb, IL birthed out of the desire to see both the people of DeKalb, and the city itself, transformed by the Gospel.
Our ambition is to receive what is beautiful here, and, in the power of the Gospel, to redeem and restore what is broken. The church in DeKalb is a confessional and missional church plant and a member of the Acts 29 Network, a trans-denominational peer to peer network of missional church planting churches.
A confessional church is one that is united around the truths of the Gospel, and articulates those truths in writing. We find ourselves in general agreement with the historic confessions like The Apostles Creed, The Second London Confession, and the Abstract of Principles.
A missional church is one that recognizes itself as God’s missionary people to those they live among. This means we do not see ourselves merely as those who send missionaries to other countries, but we see ourselves as missionaries in our own communities. As a missional church we are looking for ways to bless the city and the people of DeKalb and we are seeking to be an active part of God’s redemptive work here in our city.
Our vision is to be a church that brings people to new life through the preaching of the Gospel, to become a community by the Gospel, and to do life together for the Gospel.
We stand with the many other Acts 29 churches in our movement in the tradition of historic evangelical confessionalism. While every church has a unique philosophy of carrying out their ministry, we do - also stand - in our shared convictions on the following five theologically-driven core values:
- Gospel centrality in all of life.
- The sovereignty of God in saving sinners.
- The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
- The fundamental moral and spiritual equality of male and female as well as the principle of male headship in the church and home.
- The local church as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth.
Our Leadership and Membership:
Leadership comes from membership. We believe that God has provided every gift and every talent through every person in our church (I Corinthians 1.7). Further, as a Gospel-Centered, church planting church we believe that within our church, and people who are coming to our church that aren't even here yet, God has prepared leaders that will be discovered and developed through The Church in DeKalb. Therefore, members play an integral role as our church.