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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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