“To be a Word and Spirit community of believers passionately pursuing Jesus Christ and His transforming risen life through discipleship, equipping, and revival.”
“Come up higher!”
Our Foundation Scripture:
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection . . . I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 3:10, 14
What Is Arise?
Arise is a Redeemed Life. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, . . Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.”—Psalm 103:2, 4 We arise out of the pits of our lives to live a life of bold faith and royalty as children of the King of Kings.
Arise is New Life. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”—2 Corinthians 5:17 We have been raised from spiritual death to new life in Christ and have a fresh new beginning!
Arise is a Life of Hope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”—I Peter 1:2. We look forward and upwards with expectant hope!
Arise is a Transformed Life. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”—Romans 12:2.
Arise is a Higher, Heavenly Life. “God raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, NASB). “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1, KJV). We dare to go higher with Christ. We pursue more of Jesus and His resurrection power.
Arise is a Resilient Life. “Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16, NIV) “We may be knocked down but we are never knocked out!” (2 Corinthians 4:9, Philips NT).
Arise is an Overcoming Life. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”—Romans 8:31
Arise is an Abundant Life. “I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10
ARISE! together with us at Arise Christian Fellowship through:
Advancing the Kingdom of God
Revival—living the Kingdom Life of Christ renewed & empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Intimacy with God & others—through worship, prayer, and being a community of healing.
Scripture-grounded–growing deeper & higher in Christ
Evangelism & Equipping—making disciples of all nations
Arise Christian Fellowship is a new church which is a merger of two churches–Risen Life Fellowship and Eastwoods Christian Church–both with a long history of ministry in the Greater Lafayette area. Lafayette Alliance Church was founded in the 1980s, later becoming Maple Ridge Community Church. After many times of hardship and the death of its long-time pastor Brad Bush, the church was on the verge of closing. Paul King, a long-time friend of Brad, sensed the call of God to take up the torch and resurrect the ministry in new directions with a fresh start, and the church was renamed Risen Life Fellowship. Eastwoods Christian Church was a non-denominational church founded out of The former Country Lane Baptist Church. It became a non-denominational church called Eastwoods Christian Church, merging with the former Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and was pastored by Bill Sebald for 10 years. When Pastor Bill was called to be a missionary to Liberia, the two struggling churches partnered together and merged in December 2017 to become Arise Christian Fellowship.
Arise Christian Fellowship is a part of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, a Christ-centered, Word-based, Spirit-empowered interdenominational denomination focused on the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), through exalting and proclaiming the Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. This is depicted in The Alliance logo:
- The Cross—Jesus Christ Our Savior
- The Bowl of Cleansing—Jesus Christ Our Sanctifier
- The Pitcher of Anointing Oil—Jesus Christ Our Healer
The Crown—Jesus Christ Our Coming King