The meaning of words Isa-e and Jamat are followers of Jesus Christ and Gathering or Church respectively.
In Bangladesh, if someone becomes keenly desirous to follow the command of Jesus as mentioned in Matthew 28:19–20, “you, therefore, must go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you”, he/she must will have to emphasis on the culture of the majority people group, that is, on the culture of the majority people group. In around 1600 country, Gospel was first preached in this region, and since then, both of Catholics and Protestants are practicing the religious devotion either according to the Western culture or Hindu culture or according to a mixed culture of those two. Till today, none of those churches are practicing the religious devotion according to the majority people group’s culture or tradition. As a result, from the very beginning of Christianity established in this region, the majority people converts faced a disagreeable! Cultural problem and we think this was a major barricade behind accept Jesus for majority people into Christianity. So, on 2nd September 1999, we, the converts from majority people background established Isa-e Church, we kept this reality in our mind to make a platform where the new believers can stand firmly. Therefore, Isa-e Church can be regarded as the Church in this region which is more or less based on the culture of the majority people group of this region and was established directly by the majority people background believers. Isa-e Jamat Bangladesh (IJB) started as a platform of majority people background believers. Many scattered believers form all over the country were not organized in a congregation. So IJB started Church planting work among the majority community in a contextualized Bengali majority way. We used the word “Jamat” to mean the local congregation. But this name is mostly used by majority groups, so to avoid the confusion we changed the congregational name in Isa-e Church Bangladesh. (ICB). So, as member of the universal Church, we are Isa-e Church Bangladesh (ICB). It is a continuing Church denomination of the platform of Isa-e Jamat Bangladesh (IJB).
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Isa Mashi (Jesus Christ), the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Isa and to apply the saving work of Isa to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Isa alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Isa Mashi become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Isa and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Isa. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord. We as believers are from Muslim backgrounds and our religious devotion is according to the contextualized Bengali Islamic way.
- Isa Mashi will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
- Isa Mashi commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. We use to break down the cultural barrier between the traditional Hindu orientated churches and the Bangladeshi Islamic culture. So we proclaim the Gospel in cultural acceptable Bangladeshi way. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Isa for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)