What We Believe
We believe In one true and living God, eternally existing and revealed to us as the Father, Creator of all things; the Son, Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, and the Holy Spirit.
In the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, death for our sins, bodily resurrection, ascension to God, and imminent return in power and glory.
The Holy Scriptures are the inspired and complete revelation of God’s will concerning man’s salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That people can have their sins forgiven and experience eternal life solely through faith in God’s grace as displayed in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In water baptism as a public declaration that a believer has died with Christ and risen with Him to walk a life of holiness and love.
In the unity of all true believers as members of the universal body of Christ regardless of denominational affiliation.
In the celebration of the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Jesus.
In the ministry of the Holy Spirit:
- by the inward witness of salvation to the believer.
- by daily guidance and the growth of Christ-like character.
- by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience distinct from and following the new birth (salvation), evidenced initially by speaking with other tongues and subsequently by the manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service.
- by the manifestation of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit as listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
That Jesus Christ is coming again to gather all His children to Himself. Those who have not accepted His redemptive work on their behalf will be eternally separated from God.
That following His return, Jesus Christ will rule and reign for one thousand years on the earth. After this there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
We are committed to Jesus Christ, the Bible, and the Great Commission.
All of us know a lot of groups who are no longer as committed to the authority of Jesus, but the Missionary Church recognizes Jesus Christ as the ultimate authority.
In a day when the Word of God is often watered down or abandoned altogether,we remain fully committed to the inerrancy of Scripture and the authority of the Word of God.
We are committed to the Great Commission: multiplying disciples who multiply disciples who multiply disciples. That is the command that Jesus gave us, and we will not be distracted by buildings, programs, or anything else.
Organizationally, we are a denomination, but we really see ourselves as a family of churches. As a family of churches we realize that we have a unique identity. Others may share in one or more of our traits, but we believe the combination of the following five traits expresses this unique identity of the Missionary Church.
- Core Values
We are fiercely faithful to core biblical doctrines, to ensure that we stay theologically sound. We are not dogmatically exclusive.
We encourage, facilitate and resource churches, rather than direct them. Our goal is to inspire and partner with one another to increase ministry effectiveness.
We are unique in the fact that we allow local churches freedom to minister effectively in their contexts. This is because we are a permission-giving culture, not a restricting one.
We identify, develop, and release leaders.
We do not limit God in who he calls to leadership.
We focus more on the mission than the institution. We share best practices with like-minded organizations and partner with them. And we also encourage and support Kingdom endeavors.
The Missionary Church, in obedience to Jesus Christ her Lord, is committed to being holy people of God in the world and to building His Church by worldwide evangelism, discipleship and multiplication of growing churches, all to the glory of God.
The Missionary Church has a rich theological heritage that serves as a launching pad for aggressive outreach. While our message from the Bible is unchangeable, our methods of communication must change to reach every culture for Christ.
Early leaders had a commitment to the position that the Scriptures were to be the source of doctrine and life. In addition to this commitment to be a biblical church, the theological perspective of the Missionary Church recognizes the contribution of John Wesley’s emphasis on “the warmed heart;” A.B. Simpson’s fourfold emphasis on Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King; the Anabaptist concepts of community and brotherhood; and the evangelical emphases of the lost estate of mankind and redemption through Jesus Christ.
The Missionary Church is a unique blend of the thought and life of a people who have sought to build their church according to the Scriptures with an appreciation for their historical roots.
Scripture is our authority. The Missionary Church is committed to this basic statement of faith.
There is only one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere-present Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit— who is the creator and sustainer of all things.
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was resurrected and is now mediator at the right hand of the Father. He is coming again in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of mankind.
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerating all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides and comforts the believers.
The Bible is the inerrant, divinely inspired Word of God and authoritative in all matters it addresses.
Salvation is the result of genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to the repentant, makes him a participant of the divine nature and gives peace with God. We call this new birth.
We believe in the invisible and universal Church as the living Body of Christ. It is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living Head and sovereign Lord.
We believe there are two Christian ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe they are outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in each church, not as a means of salvation, but as a visible sign and seal of its reality (Acts 8:36Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); 1 Corinthians 11:24-34Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).
The Missionary Church has productive relationships with a number of other churches, mission agencies and ministry organizations committed to Scripture and to the cause of Christ in the world.
The universal Christian belief is enshrined in the statements of the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds. The fundamental belief is in God the Holy Trinity; the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit The Christian doctrine of the Trinity defines God as three divine persons the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit; “one God in three persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”. In this context, a “nature” is what one is, while a “person” is who one is.
According to this central mystery there is only one God in three persons: while distinct from one another in their relations of origin, “it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds” and in their relations with one another, they are stated to be one in all else, co-equal, co-eternal and of one substance, and “each is God, whole and entire”. Accordingly, the whole work of creation and grace is seen as a single operation common to all three divine persons, in which each shows forth what is proper to him in the Trinity, so that all things are “from the Father”, “through the Son” and “in the Holy Spirit”.
We believe that people sinned and rebelled against their divine calling in God to be sinless and righteous. Accordingly their fate was the final destruction at the end of time. Yet God is a God of love but he is also a just God. To save all people ever born or yet to be born God sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to become incarnate in human form being born of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through his incarnation Jesus Christ is perfect man and entirely God. He offered his life as a one eternal sacrifice for human sins and died on the cross (positional sanctification) was buried and rose again from the dead to live eternally in glorious existence with God the Father where he pleads for the forgiveness of sins for all who believe on his name.
To all who believe in God the Father and his Son the Lord Jesus Christ and love and obey all their commandments, they are blessed by the anointing by the Holy Spirit who lives with those who believe forever, revealing the will of God, empowering them for good works and sanctifying them (processual sanctification). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Those who believe on Jesus will inherit eternal life through grace and those who do not believe would be eternally destroyed.
We believe in one God,
The father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made , not made, one in being with the father, through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power o f holy spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died and was buried.
One the third day he rose again I fulfillment of the scriptures:
He ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the son with the father and the son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. we acknowledges one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.