Hi! We’re glad you’ve taken the time to check out Island Bible Chapel. You can learn more about us in our Welcome Brochure (IBC Brochure), or you can keep reading below to learn about our services on Sunday, our leadership, our history, our purpose and what we believe. We hope to get to know you better.
Regular Meeting Times:
We meet at the following times each Sunday:
-9:30 a.m. – Prayer Meeting
-10:00 a.m. – The Lord’s Supper (ie. Breaking of Bread/Communion).
-11:15 a.m. – Family Bible Hour (A familiar service with singing and a sermon)
Our style is relaxed as we combine an appreciation of older hymns with upbeat, contemporary choruses and worship songs followed by teaching. It is a great opportunity to learn together from God’s Word!
Our church family is led by a team of Elders and Deacons. Most of our teaching, counseling, major decision-making and pastoral care is looked after by our Elders, while the Deacons are responsible for most financial, building, and specific program decisions. One of our elders, Bryan Windle, has been “commissioned” to work full-time with our church in a “pastoral” role.
Bryan Windle – Pastor/Elder Dean Love – Elder
Dan Tulloch – Elder Brian Whitley – Elder
Island Bible Chapel (IBC) began as Bible study in the homes of local believers on St. Joseph Island from 1973-75. In 1976, the group decided to officially form a church, and in September, less than 20 people came for the first church service, held at St. Joseph Island Central School. From these humble beginnings, the Lord has worked in amazing ways. The church grew quickly, both numerically and spiritually, and in 1977 property was purchased and construction of the Island Bible Chapel began shortly thereafter. The inaugural service in the new building was held on June 1, 1980. For more than 30 years, IBC has been shining the light of Jesus on St. Joseph Island and in the Central Algoma region.
Island Bible Chapel is an independent, evangelical, Christian (Brethren) church.
Our purpose and mission is to W.I.N. :
Worship the Triune God
Introduce Jesus Christ to our world
Nurture our fellow believers
Worship the Triune God – Although we believe that a Christian’s entire life expresses what he or she thinks about God, we will make it a priority to corporately express our appreciation and respect for our Lord. By sharing the Lord’s Supper, singing, praying, and declaring our love and admiration for the Lord we will consistently focus our attention on Him, which is at the heart of worship. We also want to be clear that we worship the one God who has existed eternally in the form of three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Introduce Jesus Christ to our world – Jesus’ Great Commission to His followers was to spread the Gospel throughout the world. We will do our best to communicate the good news about Jesus to people locally (evangelism) and in the more distant parts of the world (missions). Of course, we will do this with love and respect for others, whether they choose to follow Christ or not.
Nurture our fellow believers – On the last night before His death Jesus prayed that His followers would experience unity and pronounced that disciples of His would be identified by their love for one another. We want to honour the Lord and all other members of His kingdom by caring for one another with love and humility. Befriending each other is important so that we learn to be the family of God. Nurturing not only includes loving support but encouraging each other to love God and live for Him. We are committed to teaching, training, discipling and challenging each other to grow spiritually, mature in the faith, and develop godly character.
We believe that the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. It is the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man and is the final authority for Christian faith and life.
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, infinitely perfect in all His attributes. He exists eternally in the form of three persons, namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully God and fully human, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sinless sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven where He currently intercedes for us at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit during this age is to promote the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men of sin and to indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service. He is the “deposit” guaranteeing our life in the future kingdom. The Spirit baptizes individuals into God’s family, fills believers and produces Christ-like fruit and character in committed believers. He provides spiritual gifts to all believers that enable them to effectively serve God and one another.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, both male and female, but that Adam and Eve sinned, resulting in spiritual death and becoming subject to physical death. We believe that their sin brought sin and death to all future generations and made them subject to God’s judgment.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for salvation from God’s judgment for all who believe. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ are born again of the Spirit and thus become redeemed children of God. We do not believe that one can be saved by good works but that those works are evidence that one has been truly saved.
We believe that all people in the world who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are members of the “universal” church and became members at the moment when they believed. The regular gatherings of believers in any particular locality make up what is called the “local” church or assembly. These assemblies have the right to govern themselves independently and are ultimately accountable to Jesus Christ.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the local church during this present age. They are not to be viewed as a means of salvation, but are carried out in obedience to the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Return of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent and pre-millennial coming of Jesus Christ and that this “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting, conscious punishment
The elders at Island Bible Chapel believe in the importance of preaching a biblical gospel. To that end, we’ve studied the Scriptures and written a the following summary which we use to train our staff and volunteer leaders in order to ensure we are faithfully proclaiming the gospel in our outreach.
1. What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news that God loves us and sent His Son Jesus to seek and save sinners. (John 3:16; Luke 19:10; 1 Tim. 1:15)
2. Why is this good news? God’s plan solves our problem.
Our Problem: God is holy and righteous and will not tolerate sin in his presence forever. He is just and must punish the wicked. Because everyone has sinned we are separated from God.
(Ps. 24:3-4; Hab. 1:13; Rom. 1:18, 3:23)
God’s Plan: God is loving, gracious and merciful. He sent his perfect Son Jesus to die in our place to pay the penalty for our sins and rise again to conquer death so that He can save people and still be just. (Is. 53:5; Romans 3:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 2:4-9)
3. How are we saved?
Anyone who repents of their sin and believes in Jesus Christ as God, committing to follow Him, will be forgiven, declared righteous and given the gift of eternal life. (Acts 20:21; Rom. 3:22, 5:9, 6:23)
Anyone who does not do this is already condemned to eternal punishment. (John 3:18, 36; Matt. 25:46)