STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1-18; Eph 1:13-14)
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory. (John 14:6; Luke 1:34-35; 1 Pet 2:22; Matt 4:23; John 20:30-31; 1 Pet 3:18; Acts 1:9; Heb 4:14-5:3; Rev 19:11-16)
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a righteous life. (John 14:6, John 14:16-17; Gal 5:16-23)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was separated from God. That separation can be removed only by accepting through faith alone God's gift of salvation which was made possible by Christ's death on the cross. (Gen 1:27; Rom 3:23; Isaiah 59:2; Heb 10:10; John 3:16)
We believe that all believers can communicate directly with God through Jesus Christ, that He calls us to become His servants to the world, ministering to each other, the poor, the lost, and living a Godly life until He returns. (Heb 4:14-16; Matt 20:25-28; 1 Pet 2:17; Gal 2:10; Acts 1:8; Matt 24:13)
We believe that the Lord's Supper and Water Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are symbolic ordinances. (Luke 22:19; Matt. 28:19-20)
We believe in Christian stewardship and tithing. Believers are under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents and possessions. Believers are to give of their means cheerfully, regularly, and liberally for the advancement of the Gospel. (Rom 8:12; Mal 3:8-12; Luke 6:38; 1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 9:7)
We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to deny themselves and live for others and to try and persuade them to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. It is also the duty of every believer to meet the physical needs of others as well as spiritual needs. (Matt 28:19-20; 2 Cor 5:11-21; Matt 25:31-46)
We believe in the resurrection of the dead; of the believer to God's kingdom of joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Acts 24:15; Matt 22:1-14)
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139.)
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that marriage between one man and one woman, for life, uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Mission Community Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to our members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Mission Community in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by our Statement of faith (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Mission Community Church.