WHAT WE BELIEVE
God wants a relationship with you! The message of the Bible in a nutshell is this...
God created the world and it was good.
God created Man who was deceived into turning away from God.
Sin (rebellion against God) then enters the world and evil and chaos grow.
God deeply desires to rescue us from this lost state and restore us and the world to Himself.
He does this by sending His only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes and follows Him will be saved and receive the gift of eternal life. No more sadness or broken world, but pure joy and perfection with God and all who love Him.
Every person is born into this lost and sinful state and without any hope. But because of Jesus, his atoning death on the cross, and his return to life (resurrection), we now have a way to be saved from eternal death by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It's the single most important decision a person will ever make.
As a Church body, MCC adheres to these major truths in the Bible:
We believe in one God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17 / John 1:1; 14:9 / Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible.
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our one and only Savior.
(John 1:14; 1 John 4:9 / John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)
…Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and the virgin Mary…
(Matthew 21:11; John 19:19 / John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1 / Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38)
…Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate…
…Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day…
(Luke 23:44 – 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
…Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father…
(Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
…and Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.
(Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is an active and operative part of the triune God...
(John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27)
…and Who indwells every Christian.
(1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)
We believe in the Bible and God’s Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the original writings of Scripture and those writings were without error.
(Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
(Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
We believe the Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)
We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being immersed (baptized) into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation.
(Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15 / Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)
We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)
We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.
(Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)