MACC | What We Believe
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What We Believe

God

We believe in one true God, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God is the creator and ruler of the universe. His glory is revealed in His absolute power, wisdom, love and goodness. Through history He is fulfilling His redemptive plan.

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is truly God and truly man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily made atonement for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, and in this way, satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He arose bodily from the dead, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father, continually making intercession on behalf of all who have received Him as their Savior and Lord. And Jesus will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and God’s eternal plan.

 

Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ, to reveal who He is, to convict people of sin and to indwell, guide, instruct and empower the followers of Jesus for lives of service and holy living. At the moment when we are saved, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer to become our source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and to uniquely endow each believer with gifts for the building up of the church, the body of Christ.

 

Scripture

We believe that the Bible, composed of the books of the Old and New Testament, is the inspired word of God. We believe that these scriptures are infallible and without error in their original manuscripts. They are our unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and life, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

 

Mankind

We believe that God created man in His own image, as a spirit being, conscious of his own and God’s existence. Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This basic attitude has separated man from God since the first man and woman disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Therefore, all people suffer the consequences of this sin nature and are in need of reconciliation with God which only God can supply through Jesus Christ. We believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

 

Salvation

We believe that the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross and His resurrection from the dead provide the only ground for salvation for all who receive Him as their Savior and the Lord of their lives. The salvation of mankind is wholly the work of God’s grace and not the result of human effort, and it must be appropriated by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus. When God begins a saving work in the heart of any person, He will continue performing it until the day of its completion when we live with Him in heaven forever. The glorious accomplishment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience. This is what God created us for in the beginning. When people receive Jesus and are indwelled by the Spirit, they step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers.

 

Discipleship

We believe God has set us apart for the purpose of growing us to become more like His Son. God changes our heart in order to change our character and actions. When we reach heaven, God will complete the process of making every believer to be like Jesus.

 

Sin

We believe that evil is present in the world because of mankind’s choice in the Garden of Eden. Evil is the consequence therefore, of mankind’s sin nature. However, because of what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, we have the opportunity to choose the goodness of God’s grace over evil. The source of evil is Satan. And God will one day confine the enemy and his demons to hell for eternity. While God could eliminate evil immediately, He endures the grief of waiting to do so in order to give more people the opportunity to come to faith in Him. God is able to cause all things, even the evil in this world, to work together for the good of those who love Him.

 

Eternal Life

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection into the unseen world of the Spirit and a judgment that will determine the eternity of every individual. Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God.

 

The Church

We believe that the church includes all people who through faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and are therefore united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head. The purposes of the church are: worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry to others in the local community and around the world.