What We Believe

Haven’t we all struggled with the “Big Questions”?! What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Is it to pursue prosperity? Perhaps it’s to rise to the heights of power and influence? Could it be we are all here simply to have a good time?
 
At Metrocrest Community Church we believe that God has much, much more in mind for us. We believe our lives are to be lived on purpose. Specifically, we are designed to live out God’s purposes for us. Jesus summed these purposes up in what is known as the Greatest Commandment:

Loving God

How do we love God, someone we can’t see, touch or hear? Pleasing someone is one way we show our love. God calls anything that pleases Him worship. Have you ever noticed when two people love each other for a long time they begin to finish one another’s sentences? We also love God in that same way, by beginning to think, feel and act like He does. Becoming like God is what we call discipleship. At MCC we’re committed to pursuing our love for God through worship and discipleship.

Loving Others

Loving others can be even more difficult than loving God, because we can see, touch and hear them! Let’s face it; we can all be difficult to live with! That makes loving others a high aspiration. We love one another through sharing our lives, not just our roaring successes but also our deepest sorrows. We love one another by being constantly, consistently present in one another’s lives. God calls this fellowship, and MCC is committed to cultivating a caring community of friends.
 
We also love others through serving them, meeting their needs and building them up. This mindset of serving others we call ministry. A final way of loving others is by sharing with them the joy that can be found in a personal pursuit of God’s purposes. When we love someone into the family of God we have contributed to God’s mission for His people. Hey! That means we’ve come full circle! Now we’re loving God by loving others into His family! MCC exists to fulfill God’s purpose of loving others through fellowship, ministry and mission.

The Vision of MCC

MCC exists to assimilate people from unchurched or nominally-churched backgrounds into church life that transforms them into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This will be done through promoting attitudes of love, acceptance, and forgiveness that make MCC a safe place to bring and include family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
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The Bible:

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 14:26; John 16:12-15)
 
God:
We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19)
 
Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God (John 1:1) and true man (Hebrews 2:14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34,35). He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Corinthians 20:24-29), was bodily raised on the third day and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1-9), where he is at the right hand of God the Father (Colossians 3:1). He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25,26; 1 John 2:1; Philippians 2:5-7).
 
Holy Spirit:
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and during this age to convict men (John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5-8), indwell (1 Corinthians 12:13), guide, instruct (John 14:26), and empower the believer for godly living and service (Ephesians 5:18-21).
 
Sinfulness of Man:
We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), but fell into sin (Genesis 3) and is therefore eternally separated from God (Romans 5:12-21), and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and eternal spiritual life be obtained (John 3:5-8).
 
Atonement:
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed in His death on the cross, and His Resurrection from the dead provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe (Hebrews 9:22-28; Romans 4:25), and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (John 1:10-13; John 3:5-8).
 
Ordinances:
We believe that water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age (Matthew 28:19-20;1 Corinthians 11:23-26). They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9).
 
The Church:
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head (Colossians 1:18-22).
 
Membership:
We believe that only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church (1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:47).
 
The Local Church:
We believe that Jesus is the Lord and the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18) and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 6:4,5).
 
Eschatology:
We believe in the personal (Acts 1:11) and pre-millennial (Revelation 19:19-20: Revelation 6) and imminent (Mark 13:33-37; Revelation 22:20) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (Titus 2:11-14).
 
Resurrection:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:7-15).