The MCA Statement of Faith
The One True God

God is the creator of all things. He exists eternally as three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The three persons of God are equal and exist in harmony with each other. They are one God.

Genesis 1:1, Luke 3:22, Psalms 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

God The Father

God the Father is perfect in righteousness, wisdom and power. He is kind, loving and merciful. He is a righteous judge and all mankind will face His judgement. He is merciful and has provided a way of reconciliation between His perfection and mankind’s sinfulness, through His son Jesus. His love is given to all. His mercy is available to all who choose it.  

Matthew 5:48, Ezekiel 33:11, 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8-11, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is one with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. He was with God from the beginning and He is God. God fulfilled his promise of a savior by sending Jesus to earth as a human through the virgin birth. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered himself as a sacrifice, through death, to restore our relationship with God. His death paid the price for the sins of all people, past, present and future. After three days in the grave Jesus arose from the dead showing His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven where he sits at the right hand of God and will return to earth someday as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Luke 24:36:43, Hebrews 4:14-16, Acts 1:11

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and with the Son. He is God, present and active in the world making us aware of sin and helping us see our need for Jesus. He lives within every Christian at the moment of salvation. He gives Christians power for life so that Christ may dwell in our hearts, grounding us in love and giving us understanding of spiritual truth.  It is the Holy Spirit that transforms our lives to reflect the glory of the Lord. The Holy Spirit gives every believer spiritual gifts that should be used in service to Christ Jesus. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily and demonstrate the fruit of the spirit.  

2 Corinthians 3:17-18, John 16:7-15, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:14-20; Ephesians 1:13-14, Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 5:18

The Bible

The Bible is the Word of God and is comprised of the sixty-six Books of the Old Testament and New Testament. We believe the scripture is the verbally inspired Word of God, written under the direction and support of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is wholly without error as originally given of God. It is a source of truth and is relevant in every aspect of life.

2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21

Human Beings

People were directly created by God in His own image to be in relationship with Him. Sin has separated us from God and has given us an attitude of disobedience. We can only reenter into relationship with Him through Jesus. 

Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 3:1-14, Romans 5:12, John 3:5-7

Satan

 Satan is the great adversary of God and His people. He will be defeated by God and will spend eternity separated from God in Hell.

Revelation 12:1-10, John 12:31, Revelation 20:10

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace based on the work of Jesus Christ (the shedding of His blood on the cross, His resurrection and present intercessory ministry) and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift that we must accept and cannot be earned by good works. By trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness and by repenting of our own sin, we receive God’s gift and are saved from sin’s penalty.

Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, I Peter 1:18-19

Eternal Life

People were created to exist forever with their Creator God.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through repentance, forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is eternal punishment in Hell. For believers, eternal life is living eternally in union with Him in Heaven.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians. 2:6-9

Second Coming

After Jesus was crucified, he rose from the grave and continued teaching the Disciples. Soon after that he ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. There will come a time when Jesus returns from Heaven to gather up his people and will lead them into eternity.

1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:16-17, Revelation 3:10, 19:11-20:6

Kingdom Living

When Jesus came to earth, he changed things for the people of God–ushering in a new kingdom. Over and over in his famous Sermon on the Mount, as Jesus described these changes, he said, “It has been said . . . but I tell you . . .” In that same sermon, Jesus taught us to pray these words:  Your kingdom come. Kingdom living is a life that centers on the teaching of Jesus. We want the love of Jesus to shape our attitudes, the way we conduct business, the way we treat other people, the way we care for our families, the way we love others and the way we prioritize our lives.    

Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 5 – 7, Galatians 5:22-23

Marriage

Marriage is a unique relationship designed exclusively for one man and one woman. It is a covenant relationship, intended to last the lifetime of the man and woman involved. Marriage is a gift from God through which God symbolically reveals his desire for a deep and abiding relationship with his people. Furthermore, marriage was given to mankind as a means to produce covenant children who will fill and subdue the earth. Lastly, God gives the gift of marriage so that believers may mature and grow into the likeness of Christ.  

Ephesians 5:32, Genesis 1:28, Ephesians 5:22-26, Genesis 2:23-24, 1 Corinthians 7:2-3, Matthew 19:4-5, 1 Timothy 3:4, Malachi 2:14, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

Human Sexuality

We believe that God creates each person as male or female and that the genders complement one another to reflect the image of God. Therefore, we believe that rejecting one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography, is sinful.   Every person is worthy of compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity and we want to respond to people as Jesus responded. Negative or hateful attitudes toward others does not reflect the life of Jesus and the teaching in Scripture. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  

Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:36, Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The Role of Men and Women

We believe redemption in Christ gives men and women equal share in the blessings of the Christian life in the church. Both men and women are equipped for ministry by the Spirit of God who imparts to them the gifts of the Spirit. A distinction in masculine and feminine roles is indicated by the principle of male headship, established in creation and continued as part of God’s redemptive order in the church. In order to honor the principle of male headship, certain roles in the church are reserved for men, such as, Pastoral positions, Elder Board Members and other church leadership positions.  The spiritual giftedness of men and women should be sought out and cultivated for the common good of the church.

Both men and women are called to respectful submission to God’s established order of governance in the home and church. As Christ humbly submitted to His role, so must man and woman. In the eternal and perfect relationship between the Father and the Son, love and submission are inseparable. So, in all Christian relationships, submission and love were never meant to be separated. This attitude of sacrificial love should be in the heart of church leaders and the church body, husband and wives, parents and children. Denying the will of self and submitting to the will of God, brings all believers, men and women, leaders and the church, into times of mutual submission.

1 Corinthians 11:3-16, Galatians 3:28, 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:2; Titus 1:5; 2:3-5, 1 Peter 3:7, John 6:3, Philippians 2:6-8, 1 Corinthians 11:3-12, Ephesians 5:21-32

Ordinances

As Christians we choose to observe the ordinances taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. The ordinances include Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. We observe these ordinances in humble submission to Him.                       

Baptism   We practice believer’s baptism which means that the person should be baptized when they make a personal decision to follow Christ. We practice baptism by immersion or pouring.      

The Lord’s Supper   We regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper by eating bread, which symbolizes the Lord’s broken body on the cross, and the drinking of the fruit of the vine, which symbolizes His shed blood.  

Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34