That the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the final authority for Christian faith and life.
That there is but one true and living God, who exists in the past, the present, and forever throughout eternity in the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God the Father
That God is the creator, sustainer and governor of all creation.
God the Son
That Jesus Christ, the only begotten eternal Son of God, is given to humankind as the only way of salvation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In Him perfect humanity and deity is found in one person. He is the only mediator between God and man. He was crucified on the cross for the sins of all humankind and His blood was shed to fulfill the requirements of God’s righteousness. He rose again bodily from the dead, and ascended to Heaven. In the last day, Christ will return personally to earth as He has promised to judge the living and the dead. There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, with the believers inheriting eternal life and blessedness, and the non-believers eternal punishment and condemnation.
That the Holy Spirit convicts humankind of their sins, leads them into salvation in Christ, and as their Counselor, He continues to transform their lives by comforting, helping, teaching, enlightening, and equipping them with gifts.
That humankind was created in the image of God. Since the first man Adam sinned against God, all humankind has come short of the glory of God, has lived in sin, and cannot, by their own effort, attain righteousness in the presence of God. Salvation of humankind depends solely on the finished work of Christ who once and for all, poured out His blood on the cross as a vicarious atonement for the sins of humankind. Those who confess and repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior shall be saved.
That the universal church comprises of all believers set apart from the world to belong to Christ. With Christ as her Head, the universal church shall follow Christ’s teachings and commandments. Local churches are autonomous and independent organizations of believers who are endowed with the gifts of God’s grace to build up fellow-believers, to preach the Gospel and to become the salt and light of the world.
- Preaching the gospel and serving the Chinese-speaking population around Bloomington area.
- Preparing and encouraging Chinese Christian students at IU to serve the Lord.
- Establishing a Chinese Christian fellowship that provides spiritual guidance and physical support.
- Establishing God-centered worship.
- Working with fellow Chinese churches in the region and support overseas Chinese ministries and missions.
- Caring and supporting Chinese-speaking students & faculty members at IU and other Chinese-speaking residents at Bloomington.
Pastor Elijah Qiu
Pastor Elijah Qiu (邱有恩) is from Wenzhou, Zhejiang. He and his wife Ting “Jennifer” Xu have three children: daughters Xixi, Xingti, and son Huaijing.
Pastor Qiu came to faith in Christ in 1998 and received God’s call into ministry in 1999. He became a full-time pastor in 2000. Pastor Qiu received his theological education and training from Zhejiang Theological Seminary, Hongdao Theological Seminary, and China Graduate School of Theology. During his time in seminary training, he also established and served college student fellowships and churches in Wenzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing. In 2015, Qiu came to the United States to study at the America Chinese Evangelical Seminary. He was also involved in ministries at the Living Waters Church, Living Springs Church, and Stanford Visiting Scholars Fellowship in California. Pastor Qiu has been at BCCC C&MA since August 2017, leading the church and student ministry.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”