Essential Issues of Theology

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. View our beliefs by clicking on the headings below.

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!
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14

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

DEFINING ISSUES OF THEOLOGY

Our defining issues of theology mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership or regular attendance, we will preach, teach, and counsel on the basis of them.

WE BELIEVE GOD IS IN CONTROL

God is the sovereign Creator of all that there is; there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God is in control of all things, it is with respect to His ultimate control over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. Man is responsible for His sin; God is responsible for man’s salvation. God draws men to Himself, reveals men of their sin, and overcomes man’s natural resistance to the gospel.
Psalm 115:3; 135:6; Ephesians 1:3-14; Romans 8:26-9:23; 1 Thessalonians 2:13

WE SEEK THE HOLY SPIRIT'S EMPOWERMENT

The same Spirit who gave gifts to the apostles and early church fathers is the same Spirit who empowers believers today. The gifts of the Spirit are given to us by the will of the Spirit and ought to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit. As Christians, we are to seek to live under His control daily.
Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:1-16, 5:18

WE OBSERVE BELIEVER'S BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted Himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness." Additionally, we as believers continue to remember and declare Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins and His conquering of sin and death by resurrection through the observance of the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 8:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

WE EMBRACE CHRISTIAN HISTORY

The evolution of the church has taken place over the course of 2000+ years, yet we tend to focus all of our attention only on the last 500. The first 1500 years of church history is filled with rich traditions, but even more impressive are the foundations of the church that were developed by the apostles and early church fathers. Creeds, corporate confessions, and prayers passed down by the apostles and early church fathers served as “the rule of the faith” prior to the compilation of the Bible; therefore, we will honor the passing down of these traditions in order to preserve that which many gave their lives in defending.