Thank you for visiting our website. I hope you’ve found it helpful for getting to know us a little bit better here at the Free Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Indianapolis. Let me take a minute to introduce myself and share a little of my testimony.
I was 21 years old when I gained a saving interest in Christ. I had no religious upbringing, but when I was first exposed to the simple and sublime message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, it was as if the Lord turned on the light switch of my soul. It all made perfect sense. I could, for the first time, see my sins and see what my sins deserved. I could also see the love of God in sending His Son to die for my sins. So, in child-like faith I called on Christ to save me, and nothing has been the same since. I can honestly say that I live my life in the power of gratitude to God for this great salvation.
Something else happened to me when Christ saved me. I suddenly gained an insatiable appetite to read and study the Bible. Eventually the Lord would use that desire to guide me to Bob Jones University (BJU) where I majored in Bible and minored in ancient languages. During my time of study at BJU, I gained an appreciation for the scholarship and devotion of the Reformers and the Puritans. This is what eventually led to my joining Faith FPC in Greenville, SC and pursuing my Master of Divinity degree at Geneva Reformed Seminary.
I never will forget my first visit to Faith FPC. I was excited to be among people that were of the same theological persuasion that I had come to espouse. I learned on that first visit, however, that the Pastor of the church had a much higher desire for his people than to simply agree with his theology. He had a burning passion to convey that Christ was (and is) a living Savior and that there is so much more to Christianity than giving assent to a creed and striving to live by a certain code of conduct. Those things are important, but they’re important as a means to an end – the end being to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).
That has come to be the spiritual emphasis in every FPC. We sometimes refer to our spiritual emphasis as “the preaching of Christ.” And the same desire grips my heart that gripped my Pastor’s heart. I want the people who come to the FPC of Indianapolis to know Christ and to rise to the challenge of knowing Him more fully. In a day when many conservative churches place such a strong emphasis on Christian duty, it’s good to find a church that makes it her aim to light the fire that will propel you into doing that duty.
Please explore our website and contact us with any questions you might have, and then we encourage you to come visit us in person. You may discover that the preaching of Christ will equip you and motivate you to face and overcome life’s trials and challenges.
Pastor Geoff Banister