Beliefs

What we teach


The Word of God

We believe that every word of the Bible is inspired by God; that it is inerrant, infallible and without contradiction in the original manuscripts. The 66 books that comprise the Old and New Testaments have been faithfully preserved throughout history as God’s complete revelation to mankind, and are our final authority in faith and life.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32, 2 John 1:9

The Trinity

We believe that there only ever has been, and ever will be, one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are equal in every divine perfection, infinite, without beginning, unchanging, and possessing all power, knowledge, and glory. They execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6

God the Father

We believe in God the Father; an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. As Creator of life, He is Father to all men; but He is spiritual Father only to believers.

Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 8:14-16; 1 Timothy 1:1,2; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ; God’s only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We affirm the full divinity and the full humanity of Jesus. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven. He is the one and only mediator between God and man, perpetually interceding for His people, and will personally and visibly return to earth.

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5, 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; Hebrews 1:1; 7:25; 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16, Jude 1:5

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who has been sent from the Father and Son to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies and empowers the elect. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, that He imparts spiritual understanding, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 1:13-14

Salvation

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are sinners by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. We deny that justification can ever be the reward or result of human works or merit.

Genesis 1:26; John 3:16; 5:24; 6:28-29; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:10-12; 19-26; 4:4-5, 16; 5:1-10; 6:23; 8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 1:9

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has provided for the local church qualified elders to shepherd her members in doctrine and life, and equip every saint for the work of ministry. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the “great commission” of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-12; 5:19-21; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25, 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Matthew 28:18-20

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; and that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions. We believe it is the duty of every Christian to pursue a life of maximal holiness, purity, and conformity to the Word of God in thought and deed. We affirm the Biblical view of marriage as a lifelong and exclusive relationship between one man and one woman, and reject any view that condones sexual conduct outside the covenant of Biblical marriage.

1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10; Genesis 2:22-24, Ephesians 5:1-33; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Peter 2:9-12

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Jesus commands all new believers to be baptized into the name of the Triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed by all Christians and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, and that He will build His church despite opposition until His return. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the redeemed in the presence of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Matthew 13:24-43; 16:18-19, 27; Mark 14:62; Luke 16:26; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15

Membership

Membership

We believe that church membership is an important element of the New Testament believer’s life. Therefore, we encourage those who consider The Mission Church their “church home” to think about becoming a member.

The Mission Church exists to glorify God, strengthen believers, and reach the lost. Membership at this church must be preceded by a credible profession of faith, baptism, and a personal meeting with one of our elders.


MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

I joyfully and thoughtfully enter into a bond of mutual edification, fellowship, and accountability with the other members of this body. I have repented of my sin, trusted in Christ as my Savior and Lord, and been baptized in the name of the Triune God. I agree to:


DOCTRINAL UNITY

I agree with the Statement of Faith which this church believes to be an accurate summary of biblical truth. I will work toward doctrinal unity with a humble and teachable spirit. Where there is disagreement or a lack of understanding regarding doctrinal convictions, I assume the liberty to ask questions and engage in edifying discussion. I will submit to the elders who have been appointed to serve this church, using Scripture as our final authority.

Ephesians 4:13; Acts 17:11; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 1:5-9, 2:2; Hebrews 13:17

FAITHFULLY PARTICIPATE

I will faithfully participate with this church in regular worship, prayer, study, fellowship, and the ordinances of baptism and communion. I will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the financial needs of this church for the expenses of ministry, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. I will joyfully serve this church where there may be need.

Acts 2:42; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; 1 Peter 4:10

 

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MYSELF

I commit to pursue a life of maximal holiness, purity, and conformity to the Word of God in thought and deed. I will seek to grow in knowledge and wisdom and to develop the personal spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer and Bible study. I will seek to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.

Colossians 1:9-10, 28-29; 3:1-3; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 1:9, 2 Timothy 2:7, Galatians 5:22-23

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY FAMILY

I will seek the preservation of marriage and will submit to biblical regulations regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage. I will seek to provide for my family and order my household according to Biblical standards. I will train myself and my family in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, seeking to develop Christian character, knowledge, and skills.

Matthew 5:31,32; 19:1-12; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:18-25; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Proverbs 22:6; 23:13

 

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS

I will pursue peace with all people, especially with other believers. I will watch over fellow believers in brotherly love. I will remember them in prayer and aid them in sickness and distress. I will seek to grow in humility and to consider others more significant than myself. I will be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation without delay. I will shun gossip and divisive words, knowing that they are destructive to Christian unity.

Matthew 5:17; John 13:35; Galatians 6:10; Romans 12:10, 13, 18; Philippians 2:2-3; Ephesians 4:1-3, 29

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

I will submit to and participate in church discipline as taught in Scripture. I will be slow to judge and eager to forgive. If I am offended in connection with a disciplinary matter, I will seek resolution within the local church.

Matthew 7:1-5; 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 6:1-11; 2 Corinthians 2:5-8; Galatians 6:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15; Titus 3:10-11

 
 

REGARD THE LOST

I will seek the salvation and general welfare of my family, friends, neighbors, and people of all nations, and will pray for the continued growth of the Church: both universal and local.

Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 1 Peter 3:16

 
Convictions

Convictions

What do you teach about homosexuality?

At The Mission Church we affirm both the Old and New Testament teaching that--according to God’s design--sexual activity is only permissible within the bond of marriage between one-man and one-woman. The Bible repeatedly explains that homosexual practice is the result of people dishonoring both God AND their own bodies.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul writes, “Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Being sanctified doesn't mean we are no longer faced with sinful or broken sexual attractions or the temptation to lust, but rather that such desires no longer become dominant in our life. Jesus becomes the boss of our sexuality.

We welcome the gay man or woman to our church, that we may extend this hope. Jesus wants you to come to Him to be CHANGED into a NEW creation and to submit your body and its desires to Him.

Does the Mission Church have women pastors/elders?

No. We believe that both men and women were created by God as image-bearers of Him. This means that we are all seen as equal in value in God’s eyes. Man is not greater than woman, nor woman greater than man.

But God designed men and women for gender-specific roles in the church and in the home. In the church, women are encouraged to serve in many different ways according to how they have been gifted by God, while the role of pastor/elder is specific to men. In the home, the woman is commanded to help, respect, and submit to her husband, and the man is commanded to provide for, protect, and shepherd his wife and children. In this way, both men and women fulfill distinct yet equally important roles that “complement” one another.

Today, many movements in American culture seek to deny that God has created men and women to be different. At the Mission Church we firmly reject this cultural perspective, and believe that God alone determines the gender of each person, and that men and women embracing their God-given sexual identity and respective gender roles is critical for human flourishing.

Do you mention Mormonism during Sunday Sermons?

Yes. We believe that it is on of the critical responsibilities of a pastor, is that he warn his people from false teaching.

While Christians and Latter-Day Saints agree on many moral issues, family values, and even social ethics...what we believe about God is very different from one another. This is why we take great joy in sharing our faith with our Mormon friends and family, and are eager to equip fellow Christians to have meaningful faith conversations with those who have differing beliefs.

At The Mission Church, we believe that God LOVES Mormons, and that’s why we love them too. Because we are committed to helping our Mormon neighbors embrace God’s truth, we’ve even created a website full of videos to answer some of the most common questions that our LDS neighbors have about Christianity. To see how we answer those questions, you can visit that site at godlovesmormons.com.

God’s Sovereignty (Reformed teaching/Calvinism)

Through His Word, God teaches us that He is limitless, unchangeable and perfect…and that He is the only fully independent and Sovereign being that exists. Unlike God, we are NOT sovereign…but fully dependent upon Him, and not only for life, but for salvation!

The Bible teaches us that we are all sinners who have fallen short of God’s perfect standard (Romans 3:23), that our sins have caused a separation between us and God (Isaiah 59:2), that we are all spiritually dead in our sins and transgressions (Ephesians 2:1), and that apart from God we could not even cry out to Him for help (John 6:44)!

The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

This means that God has worked out our salvation in such a way where He gets ALL The GLORY, and we get His free gift of unmerited grace!