ABOUT

WHO WE ARE

Bradley Epworth Church is a gathering of people who follow Jesus and want to see Him glorified.  We do this by pursuing His presence in worship, praying for breakthrough and revival, and seeking to “make Jesus real to the world by doing the things that Jesus did”. We take seriously the power of prayer and God’s desire that we be “a house of prayer”.
 
As a part of the United Methodist denomination, we seek to flow in the same Biblical, evangelistic, spirit-filled faith of John Wesley and the Articles of Religion as contained in the Book of Discipline. We seek to honor John Wesley’s desire to be “just plain Christians”. Wesley said,
 

     “I wish to God both you and all men knew, that I, and all who follow my judgment, do vehemently refuse to be distinguished from other men, except by common principles of Christianity, — the plain, old Christianity that I teach, renouncing and detesting all other marks of distinction…

     …from real Christians, of whatever denomination they may be, we earnestly desire not to be distinguished at all… No: “Whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” And I beg you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that we be in no way divided among ourselves…For opinions, or terms, let us not destroy the work of God.”

In order to stay faithful to the spirit and heart of John Wesley, we do not promote the denominations and traditions that separate us from one another. Instead, we seek to be “just plain Christians” and work in unity with other bible based churches throughout our geographic area as together we are the “Church of Jesus Christ in Peoria”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

 
 
BIBLE BASED


We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of the scriptures so that the bible is without error in the original manuscripts.  We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice

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 CHRIST CENTERED


We believe God sent his only begotten son to bring salvation to the fallen creation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and full man in one person.   In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law, and in His atoning death on the cross He took God’s judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. God has confirmed and declared Jesus of Nazareth to be His Son, Messiah and Lord through His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. We believe He will return to judge all souls and establish His eternal kingdom on earth.

 

 
 
SPIRIT FILLED
 
We believe that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit.