Harris Prairie Church of Christ began as a small rural church on the prairies of Granger, Indiana about 150 years ago as part of the American Restoration Movement. Our church never officially joined any denomination, but we identify ourselves with the Independent Churches/Churches of Christ.
Over the past 40 years the church has undergone major changes from being a predominantly rural church to a church with a more suburban and urban makeup. We have always strived to be contemporary and relevant to today’s culture. We currently have about 100 members and regular attenders of all ages and backgrounds.
The following are the three specific elements that drive our church:
We know that our God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. As His church, we believe that we should exemplify that love and grace wherever we are, with whomever we meet. And so we freely give grace because we have freely received it. We are passionate about showing God’s love and grace to everyone we encounter and we strive to make our church a safe haven for all kinds of people.
We believe that God has a heart for the poor and oppressed, for the hurting and the broken. We believe that Jesus is God and that he lived on earth for a time, serving and caring for humanity. As an extension of God's love in our community, we believe that it is important for us to serve our world as Jesus served his world. Led by God's Spirit, we passionately seek to relieve suffering and fight injustice. And so we enthusiastically intersect the kingdom of God with the kingdoms of this world, bringing God's love and compassion to the community around us.
We believe that our world is broken, that because of our dark deeds, we have separated ourselves from the goodness for which we were created. We also believe that God is passionate about repairing the brokenness of our world - that He is constantly reversing the ill effects of our sin. We believe that this restoration is taking place today, and that it is our duty as a part of God's church to teach and offer the hope of this salvation to anyone who seeks it. We believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ are an integral part of this redemption and together we journey towards a fully restored life.
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, God in human form. We believe that the virgin-born Son of God died for our sins, was buried, arose from the dead and is coming again. We believe He is both fully God and fully man. (Philippians 2:5-7, John 14:9, John 8:57-58, John 1:1, Colossians 2:9)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content and without any error in its teaching. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that all men are born with a sinful nature. (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23)
We believe in the resurrection and assignment of all people to heaven or hell at the time of death or Christ's return. (Revelation & 15)
We believe that the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (John 3:16)
We believe that those who receive Christ also received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who marks them as the possession of God, manifests the first of righteousness in their character and endows them with spiritual gifts for ministry. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that a normal conversion in the New Testament includes faith in Christ, repentance of sin, confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior and baptism, by immersion, into Him.
- We would ask any believer who has not been baptized by immersion to submit to that New Testament form before becoming a member of HPCC. - Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12
We believe that the local church is an autonomous body that cooperates with many Christian agencies but is regulated or dominated by none. (Acts 14:22-23)