Who We Are
PURPOSE and VALUES
The purpose of this church is to bring people worldwide to maturity in Christ to the glory of God. The following Biblical values summarize the goals and functions of our church by which we set out to fulfill the church's purpose and mission:
Seeking His Face:
The greatest need and highest goal of MBC is to seek God's face in worship, prayer and the ministry of God's Word. God's face is the essence of who He is. God's face represents His glorious person and presence. To fulfill God's mission for our church, we strive to be a God-focused, God-dependent community of praying believers who live holy lives by the power of God's Spirit, and in accordance with the Word of God.
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." -2 Corinthians 4:2
Serving His Family:
Through the ministries of MBC, we strive to serve the spiritual needs of God's people. The highest goal of all our ministries is to develop believers into fully mature followers of Christ who are equipped with their God-given gifts to serve the cause of Christ.
Spreading His Fame:
United as followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that every believer is responsible for being compelling witnesses of the glory and gospel of Jesus Christ. Our passion is to be united in spreading the glory of God in the face of Christ to all nations and peoples of the world.
GOALS and FUNCTIONS
To fulfill our church's purpose, we implement the following goals:
1) Exaltation: The ministry of meaningful worship
2) Evangelism: The personal and corporate proclamation of the Gospel to all people
3) Edification: The building up of believers in the Christian life
4) Equipping: The preparation of believers for Christian ministry
5) Expression: The provision of opportunities for the use of spiritual gifts, Christian ministry and service, intercessory prayer,
helping others, etc.
6) Exhortation: The counseling, encouraging, admonishing, and disciplining of believers
7) Enabling: The physical ministry of "helps"
8) Extension: The sending of missionaries around the world to help fulfill the Great Commission
In order to reach those goals, we incorporate and maintain the seven Biblical functions found in Acts 2:41-47:
1) The Baptism of Believers (Acts 2:41)
2) The Teaching of the Bible (Acts 2:42)
3) The Fellowship of Believers (Acts 2:42)
4) The Lord's Supper (Acts 2:44, 46)
5) The Ministry of Corporate Prayer (Acts 2:46)
6) The Ministry of Worship ( Acts 2:47)
7) The Ministry of Outreach (Acts 2:47)
What We Believe
- WE BELIEVE in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 (see also: 2 Peter 1:21)
- WE BELIEVE in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” -1 John 5:7 (see also: Gen. 3:22; Psalm 2:7-8; Psalm 110:1)
- WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” –Isaiah 7:14 (see also: John 1:1, 14; 8:58)
- WE BELIEVE that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression, fell from that sinless and happy state. In consequence of this, all mankind are now sinners both by nature and by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” – Romans 5:12 (see also: Gen. 1:27, 31; 3:6-24; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:13-19; Galatians 3:22)
- WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all that believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection.
“Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” –Romans 4:25 (see also: 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 1:7; Acts 13:39; 1 Peter 2:24)
- WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in his present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
“And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” – 1 Cor. 15:4 (see also: Heb. 4:14; 1 John 2:1)
- WE BELIEVE in “that blessed hope,” the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:13 (see also: Phil. 3:30)
- WE BELIEVE that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
“But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” – John 1:12 (see also: Acts 20:21)
- WE BELIEVE in separation from all worldly practices and in wholehearted devotion to the Person and Cause of Christ as the only scriptural basis for a happy and useful Christian life. We believe a Christian should avoid every practice which injures his fellowship with God and his testimony before his fellow-men; therefore, we oppose indulgence in every kind of worldly amusement which is inconsistent with godliness, whether privately or publically. We believe any alliance, whether personal or ecclesiastical, which causes a believer in Christ to lose his identity as a Christian is wrong. It is contrary to the clear teaching of God’s Word for a Christian to marry a non-Christian, or be unequally yoked together with an unbeliever in any way. Not only does Christian separation involve withdrawal from worldly practices, but we believe it demands that the fruit of the Holy Spirit be seen in our daily lives,
“and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” – Ephesians 4:24 (see also: 1 John 2:15-17; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Rom.13:12-14; Col. 3:1-17)
- WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, in the everlasting blessed happy contentment of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, until the resurrection of damnation.” – John 5:28-29
- WE BELIEVE that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost,” to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and our death to sin, and resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4 (see: Col. 2:12)
- WE BELIEVE that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service and is the setting forth in a sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. We do not believe that the elements of the Communion Service are either literally or spiritually the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, but simply symbols of his broken body and shed blood. The service is for believers only and is to be observed with thanksgiving for the sacrifice of our Lord for us and in anticipation of His coming again. Each observance should be preceded by the believer’s personal self-examination.
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.’ After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (see also 1 Cor. 11: 27-34)
How to know God
God's Message of Eternal Life
The Bible provides the assurance that you can be in Heaven someday with God and with His people forever. Consider Jesus' words to an already moral and religious man: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).
The Damage Done by Sin - We are all sinners because we have broken God's law (James 2:10; 1 John 3:4). We need to be reconciled to the One who we offended. Our sins have separated us from God, placing us under the penalty of sin, which is eternal death in hell.
The Helplessness of Man - No human effort alone could ever atone for our sin. Good works, baptism, church membership, communion, or anything like these things cannot affect a new birth. We are saved only by receiving God's grace, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, who alone is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
The Good News from God - Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again! It is faith in the finished work of Jesus that is the only basis for our soul's salvation. The scripture teaches us that "without shedding of blood is no remission" of sins (Hebrews 9:22). Salvation is Jesus Christ, and to be saved is to receive Him by faith (John 1:12). Upon what are you depending at this very moment to secure your eternity with God? The Scripture says, "now is the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). You are urged to turn to God, placing your full trust in Him right now. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
If you have trusted Christ as your savior today, we would like to encourage and provide for you materials that will be helpful in developing you in your new faith in Jesus Christ. Please call us at 773-685-6500 .