The things we at Mission Community Church believe, the stuff that defines us, and the values we strive to live out are not natural for the world in which we live. Our goal is to introduce these beliefs to those who don’t yet know Jesus, teach them to those who have just met Jesus, and foster them deeply into the lives of those who have known Jesus for years. Hover over each belief below to find a more detailed explanation.
THE BIBLE • GOD WRITES A LETTER
The Bible is God’s written word of who He is and what He has done in rescuing man throughout redemptive history. Human authors wrote the Bible under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Since the Bible contains the very words of God, it is without error and completely relevant to live an abundant, godly life. God’s Word is His love letter to us!
Psalm 19:7-11; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
THE TRINITY • GOD IS THREE PERSONS IN ONE
The one, true God eternally exists in perfect relationship in three distinct persons, each with the same divine nature – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person serves different functions, yet each person is equally divine. God exists as a Triunity!
THE FATHER • GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD
God is incomprehensible and knowable; He is transcendent and imminent; He is great and good; He is all-knowing, unchanging, loving, just, gracious, merciful and above all, holy. He is ever faithful to His people and promises. God is heavenly Father!
Job 38-40:1; Psalm 104:1; Matthew 6:9-13; John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 1:3
THE SON • GOD IS HUMAN, GOD IS HEAVENLY
Jesus is completely human and completely divine. Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with God the Father. Because He lived a sinless life, Jesus satisfied God's demand for perfection. Perfect Jesus was punished for the sins of all people and defeated death through resurrection so that mankind could have a relationship with God the Father. Jesus is our Savior and King!
John 1:1-4, 29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Peter 3:18
THE HOLY SPIRIT • GOD IS EXISTENT, GOD IS EVERYWHERE
The Holy Spirit brings the reality of God’s presence to God’s people. He is a person who draws people to the Father, exalts Christ, convicts people of sin, and guides the community of faith in all truth. The Holy Spirit comforts, imparts gifts, and makes us more like Jesus. God empowers every believer!
Psalm 139:7-10; John 14:26; 16:7, 14; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 12:11
MAN • GOD CREATED IMAGE BEARERS
God created man in His very own image and likeness; therefore, man is more like God than anything else in all creation. Man was created to be in perfect relationship with God by glorifying God through worship. Although God has no unmet needs, man brings delight to His heart as he lives in right relationship with Him. God sings and rejoices over us!
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 43:7; Zephaniah 3:17
SIN • MAN OFFENDS GOD
God requires perfection because He is a perfect God; as soon as man sinned, our perfect relationship with Him was broken. Any time we do not uphold God’s moral law or adhere to His holy character, we sin. We cannot maintain a right relationship with God in our own doing. Our sin keeps messing it up, but God continues to pursue us anyway!
Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:13
ETERNITY • MAN EXISTS SOMEWHERE FOREVER
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist eternally either separated from God by sin in hell or united with God through forgiveness and salvation in Jesus in heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. God wants us with Him!
John 5:28-29; 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16
SALVATION • GOD IS ON MISSION
God’s salvation of His people involves rescuing them from sin and restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. God’s only way of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, which provides forgiveness of sins. Salvation occurs when people place their faith and trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus as sufficient payment for their sin. God relentlessly pursues us!
John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6
THE CHURCH • IT'S A MOVEMENT, NOT A PLACE
The church is the community of God’s redeemed people consisting of all who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The church is a group of people with a common conviction based on faith and belief. There is ultimately one Church: the global community of faith on earth plus those already in heaven. In our world, the Church takes on the form of countless local communities of faith, who are committed to the teachings of Jesus, obeying His commands, and bringing the gospel of Jesus to the world. As the church strives for love and unity, it gives glimpses of heavenly realities that are to come. God uses us to bring hope to others!
1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:13-22; 1 Peter 2:5
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