Beliefs & Values

MCC Beliefs

Beliefs are important. After all, what we believe determines how we live. Please take time to investigate MCC’s theological beliefs as a church.

We believe that the Scripture of the Old and New Testament is verbally and completely without error in the original writing and of supreme and final authority in faith and life. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God the Father, holy and righteous, is the first person of the Trinity who sovereignly orders and directs the universe for His own purpose, pleasure and glory.

We believe that when Jesus Christ came in human form he was propagated by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and was true God and true man. After He died on the cross He rose from the grave, in bodily form, ascended to heaven, and presently serves as High Priest and Advocate for all believers.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, seals them until the moment they are resurrected, and fully gifts them for building up the church and spreading the gospel.

 

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. Therefore, all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

We believe Satan is a fallen angel who, under the sovereign permission of God, has been given temporary power on earth to deceive, tempt and attack all people. However, he was completely defeated at the cross and will one day be cast into the eternal lake of fire.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ took our place and died for our sins. All who confess their sins and believe Him are redeemed and secure in Him forever.

We believe that the Church is made up of all believers in Christ, that in its local expression it is an self-governing assembly of believers; and that its ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe that the physical, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent. Though the timing of this “Blessed Hope” is a mystery, the fact of it is as certain as the first coming of Christ.

Bible References About Our Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbal, plenary, inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Acts 24:14; Revelation 22:18-19). The Bible is without error in the original writings and is the supreme authority of faith and practice for all followers of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). When rightly interpreted, the Bible is ultimately about Jesus as God, our Savior, the object of our faith, forgiver of our sins, and giver of eternal life (John 5:39-40; Luke 24:27, 44-45; Matthew 5:17-18). 

The Trinity

We believe in one God who eternally exists as three distinctive persons, Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, functioning relationally in absolute oneness, humility and harmony (Genesis 1:26: Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 11:27; John 17:3). The members of the Godhead, or Trinity, are each fully and equally God meaning they possess the same divine nature; however, each relates to mankind in a unique way (Matthew 26:39; 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2). 

God, the Father

We believe that the first person of the Trinity sovereignly orders and directs the universe for His own purpose, pleasure, and grace. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of mankind, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 15:26; Romans 8:28-30; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 9-10). 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ as God came to live among mankind. He was miraculously born through the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully human. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-5, 14, 18; Matthew 3:17; 17:5, Hebrews 1:3). Jesus voluntarily died on the cross to pay the penalty all men owe for their sin…death, even though He had no personal sin to die for Himself. Jesus was mankind’s sacrificial substitute, paying the penalty for our sin. Therefore, God can and has offered complete forgiveness to any person who would trust Jesus as God’s loving provision for the penalty of their sin (Isaiah 53:3-5; Matthew 27:28-50; John 14:6; Romans 3:21-26; 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:1-2). After Jesus’ death, He physically rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to rule with God the Father. As a result of what He accomplished and who He is, Jesus is the only One through whom mankind has direct access to God (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; John 14:6; Hebrews 4:14-16). All creation eagerly anticipates Jesus’ promised return to earth where He will rule with justice and compassion and restore peace to all His creation (1 Peter 4:5-6; Romans 8:22-25; 14:9; Hebrews 1:8-9; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:6). 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Genesis 1:2; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 6:63; 16:8–11; Romans 8:9-11; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18-21; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1–2). It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the Church to live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God, endowing its members with special gifts so that they are able to accomplish distinct ministries planned beforehand by God the Father (1 Samuel 16:13; John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 12:7-14; Galatians 5:16-26). 

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on this earth. By willful, voluntary disobedience to the clearly revealed will of God, mankind sinned, thus incurring not only physical death but also spiritual separation from God. The fall of the human race into sin is a once for all historical fact. Sin’s spiritually deadening effect has spread to all mankind—as each individual is born with a sinful nature and sins habitually in thought, word, and deed; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 7:18; 8:8; John 6:44; 15:5; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12; Hebrews 11:6). 

Salvation

We believe that the death of Jesus on the cross is the only sufficient substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Only those who believe in Him by grace through faith are declared justified by the Father and are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Consequently, they become a new creation in Christ, members of the one true Church, adopted by the Father and are thus secure in Christ forever. This salvation results in righteous living and good works as believers submit their individual wills to the Word of God and live in obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12; 5:24; 14:6, 21; Acts 4:10-12; Romans 3:21?26; 5:1, 17-19; 6:3-14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16; 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 9:15; James 2:18, 21-16; 1 Peter 1:15–19; 2:24).

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:8-9; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–14). 

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 7:7; 12:4-13; Ephesians 4:11-16, 26). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 14:12; 1 Timothy 4:14-15; 1 Peter 4:10–11). 

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12–27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16; 5:25–27, 32; Colossians 2:19; 1 Peter 2:4-5). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; 10:47-48; 18:8; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23–29; Colossians 2:12). 

The Future

We believe that the physical, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent. Though the timing of this “Blessed Hope” is a mystery, the fact of it is as certain as the first coming of Christ (Matthew 24:44; 25:13; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:10).

 

Our Mission

We exist to help people LIVE FOR MORE.

While we all are blessed to live, only some experience what it’s like to really live. Rather than get caught in the trap of living for less, we invite you to Live For More! This incredible journey begins by experiencing God.

Our Vision

A diverse community seeing future generations transformed by the Gospel.

 

 

Position Statements

The Role of Women in the Church

We believe both men and women who display humility and maturity may use their spiritual gifts to serve in any role as long as they are under the spiritual authority of the Lead Pastor (Hebrews 13:17). We believe this is in accordance with the practice of worship as demonstrated in the Corinthian church (1 Corinthian 14:26). While Paul provided guidelines to help avoid confusion in Corinth (vs. 27-32), both men and women were to edify the church by offering a hymn, a teaching, a prophecy, a tongue, or an interpretation. Some Christians believe this practice did not include women since Paul later instructed them to be silent (1 Corinthians 14:34-36). Yet, Paul did not mean silence in all circumstances. We know this because earlier in the same letter he expected women to pray and prophesy in church (1 Corinthians 11:5). According to Paul, prophecy ranked even higher than teaching (12:28). Therefore, we should note that the only kind of speech (laleo, to talk) Paul directly prohibited was wives asking disrupting questions of their husbands while in worship service. While we encourage women to serve in leadership roles according to their gifts given them by God, we fully respect the right of fellow evangelicals and evangelical churches to come to different conclusions, and will cooperate with them rather than combat them for the larger cause of Christ and His kingdom, which so desperately needs such unity.

Marriage

We believe that marriage was instituted by God from the beginning of creation and that the purpose of marriage is to mirror the relationship of Christ and the church (Genesis 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:25, 33).  Together, as husband and wife, they are to submit to Christ and be helpmates together, to serve and honor God and to meet each others spiritual, emotional and physical needs in sexual union and become one flesh (Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31, Hebrews 13:4). Should the married couple have children, either naturally or by adoption, they are to nurture and instruct their children in the knowledge, love and service to God through Christ (Deuteronomy 6:7 and Acts 2:38, 39). Jesus and the Apostle Paul clarified that God only blesses a marriage between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7). Any sexual relationships outside this union are inconsistent with Gods design.  Therefore, we humbly submit to the teachings of scripture that places sexual intimacy within the context of a marriage between one man and one woman, and acknowledge that any other union is incompatible with the Bible.

Statement on Race and Dignity

Recognizing the ongoing reality of racial injustice, we the members of MCC stand against the sin of racism as we stand for human dignity, which gives value to people through graceful respect shared without any qualifications or restraints.


WE ARE ALL CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.

Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… (Genesis 1:26)

  • As followers of Jesus Christ and doers of His Word, we recognize and celebrate that all people are created in the image of God.
  • We value our differences since they are by God’s design and we recognize, celebrate and defend them. • As a congregation, we welcome and reflect every nation, tribe, people and language — God’s vision for His Church.
  • Racism is an attack on the image of God given to every one of us by our Creator (Gen. 5:1-3) and on God’s vision for His Church.


WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

  • God endowed all people with inherent worth and distinction.
  • Love for one another requires regard for human dignity and confirms our love for God. For those who do not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen (1 John 4:20).
  • Racism is an attack on the very love we are called to extend to all people, regardless of skin color.


WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE AS ONE.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133)

  • As Christians, we are unified with others in Christ to form the body of Christ, his holy bride.
  • Though we are a broken body, we strive to become united in Christ by loving each other and extending human dignity. Love requires that we look into our hearts, evaluate our words, actions, stereotypes, implicit biases, and judgments. Therefore, we pray for the grace to look beyond our prejudices to seek understanding and unity. Just as Jesus prayed, “May they all be one” (John 17:21), we seek the humility required to live as one.
  • Racism divides and damages the oneness that should define our relationships.


WE ARE CALLED TO SEEK JUSTICE AND PEACE.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow (Isaiah 1:17).

  • Emboldened by the truth that all people are made in God’s image, we openly defend any person regardless of skin color who is defamed or devalued. Therefore, we not only pray, but we take action to help eradicate division, injustice, discrimination, oppression and hatred.
  • As we care with compassion and action, we will be matched with the capacity to do so. For scripture declares, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth (1 John 3:18). God desires that amends be made and wrongs be righted.
  • Racism is a direct attack upon the justice and peace we are called to ensure.

THEREFORE
We declare that to properly respond to external acts of prejudice, we must examine any internal prejudice hidden within our own hearts and be willing to repent and confess:

  • “I am guilty.” Perhaps not of a sin of commission, but of omission – I can do more to reach out and be a bridge builder. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • “I am a sinner saved by grace.” The same measure of grace God extends to me I must extend to others, for salvation is for everyone. (Ephesians 2:8; Luke 6:36)
  • “I must mourn with those who mourn.” I can do more to empathize with all people who are affected by racist acts and the violence that comes with such acts. (Romans 12:15)
  • “I must love with actions and truth.” While my prayers are certainly heard by God, He calls me to put my good intentions into words and actions for the benefit of others. 1 John 3:18 

We believe ultimate reconciliation is only available through the work of the Holy Spirit. With this truth in mind, we pray for and seek reconciliation with each other so the body of Christ can fulfill the good, pleasing and perfect will of God for His church.

 

Our Values

These values represent the core principles that shape the culture and drive the ministry of MCC. They embody MCC’s identity and guide our activity as a local expression of the Body of Christ.

Jesus is our message (2 Corinthians 4:5 and 1 Corinthians 1:23-24)

2 Corinthians 4:5 
For what we preach is not ourselves,
 but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

1 Corinthians 1: 23 & 24
but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Scripture is our guide (Psalm 119:105 and 2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

2 Timothy 3: 16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Disciple making is our mission (Matthew 28: 18 - 20 and 1 Corinthians 11:1)
Biblical community is our calling (Hebrews 10:24-25 and Romans 12: 9-13)
Unity is our pursuit (Ephesians 4:1-6 and John 17: 22-23)
Serving is our posture (Ephesians 6:7 and 1 Peter 4:10)
Grace is our tone (Colossians 4:6 and Hebrews 12:15)
Worship is our lifestyle (John 4:24 and Romans 12:1)

John 4: 24
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Romans 12: 1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.