What We Believe

Our Purpose


Batesville Christian Church exists to glorify God all our days by making disciples who make disciples.

What we believeIn one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:1645;6:1James 1:17John 1:114:9Genesis 1:2John 4:2414:16-202 Peter 1:21)

In God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1Acts 17:24-28Hebrews 11:3

In Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, my one and only Savior (John 1:14I John 4:9John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18) Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19; John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38) Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-46) Who died and was buried, and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44; Luke 24:8; John 20:24-29; (I Corinthians 15:3-8) Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69, Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1) and who will judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3;Acts 1:10-11; Acts 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)

In the Holy Spirit, Who is an active and operative part of the Trinity (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27), and Who lives in every Christian (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14).

In the Bible, God's Word. We believe God inspired the original writings of Scripture and those writings are without error (Mark 12:36; John 14:26; John 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

The Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice (Isaiah 40:8; (Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23).

 The Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 1:7).

The Bible teaches that one receives God's grace and is identified as a Christian by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these are sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation (Romans 5:1-2Luke 24:45-47Acts 3:19Acts 17:30;2 Peter 3:9Matthew 10:32Romans 10:9Philippians 2:111 John 4:15Acts 2:38Romans 6:1-7Galatians 3:27Colossians 2:121 Peter 3:21).

In the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matthew 16:13-18Acts 2:14-47).

The Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation (Acts 20:28Philippians 1:11 Timothy 3:1-7Titus 1:5-91 Peter 5:1-4). 

That the Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and build up the saved. (Ephesians 4:1-16)

That Jesus Christ will one day return and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Weekly Observance of the Lord's Supper

What is the Lord's Supper?
It is a memorial commemorating the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 11:23-27). The grape juice represents His blood and the unleavened bread represents His body. Continually remembering His sacrifice in this way reminds us of His love, of the price He paid for our sins, and of His promise to return (Matthew 26:29).

Why once a week? 
While the argument can be made that the early Christians observed the Lord's Supper more than once a week, it is clear they observed it at least once a week on the first day of the week
(Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 20:7).