what we believe


Mission Creek Church By-Laws

We believe the Word of God (bible) has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  

We believe in the Triune God composed of: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. 

God the Father:  We believe the Father loves us perfectly and has done everything necessary for us to have an eternal relationship with Him.  (Rom. 5:8; John 3:16)

God the Son: We believe Jesus Christ to be the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin, sinless, and sent to be a substitute for man in paying the penalty for sin by His death upon the cross. (John 1:1, 14; II Cor. 5:21; Matt. 1:23; Heb. 10:10-14; Rom. 5:8)  We believe, also, in His bodily resurrection signifying His power over sin and death; His bodily ascension into Heaven; and His bodily return to earth at His second coming, when He will gather his elect.  (I Cor. 15:4-8; Col. 2:15; Acts 7:55-56; Rom. 8:34, Acts 1:11, I Thes. 4:13-18;  I Cor. 15:51-54; Matt. 24:31)

God the Holy Spirit:  We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit indwells every person when they put their faith in Jesus Christ. He is the believer's deposit, guaranteeing their inheritance from God. The Holy Spirit regenerates, sanctifies, comforts, guides, and empowers each believer.  (John 16:8,13; Acts 1:8; I Pet.1:22; Eph.1:13-14)

Mankind: We believe that man is separated from God by his sinful nature, but by absolute trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin, he may be reconciled to God. (II Cor. 5:17-21; I John 2:23; John 14:6) (Sinful nature:  Matt. 19:17; Luke 18:19; Mark 10:18; Jer. 13:23, 17:9; Ecc. 7:20, 9:3; John 3:19; Eph. 2:1-3; Genesis 6:5, 8:21; Rom. 3:10-18, 23; Rom. 7:18; Psalm 14:2-3, 58:3; Isaiah 48:8-9, 64:6)

Christian Conduct:  We believe that a person who is in right standing before God, through faith in Jesus Christ, must be an example, and so live that God may be glorified. We believe that he should produce the fruit of the Spirit in the Christian life, as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23 and elsewhere in the Bible.  (Gal. 5:22-23; Phil. 1:27; I Pet. 1:15-18, 2:12; Jas. 3:13; II Pet. 3:11; I Cor. 10:31; Eph. 5:9; Matt. 5:3-10; Matt. 5:14-16)

Biblical Conversion and Assurance:   Salvation requires hearing the Gospel accompanied by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, commonly called being “born again.” (John 3:1-8, Eph. 2:5). This supernatural work, also called regeneration, produces repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:20-21).  At the time of conversion God begins a process in every believer’s life called sanctification. During this process a Christian’s life can be marked by failures, mistakes, and sins.  We have all experienced God’s love, gentleness, patience, longsuffering and correction towards us during such times.  If we find ourselves in these places we must cry out to God who is full of mercy and grace, who loves us and desires good things for us.  He will pardon our sins and transgressions (I John 1:9, Isa. 55:7). The overall view of a believer’s life will be marked by change / sanctification.  Hebrews 10:22-24 says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”  Those who believe are assured of salvation.  Jesus says in John 3:18, “Whoever believes in the Son is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”  (Matt. 3:8-10, 7:15-20, 12:33; Luke 3:8-9, 6:43-45, 13:6-9; John 5:29, 15:1-8; Eph. 5:9; Gal. 5:22; Jude 1:12; James 2:14-26; Matt. 25; Rom. 2:6-10; Rev. 2-3, 20:12-13; Eze. 36:25-27))

Human Sexuality:  We believe God has commanded that no sexual activity is to be engaged in outside of the marriage of a man and a woman. Any form of child molestation, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, bi-sexuality, incest, pedophilia, or pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex. We believe God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:22-24, 19:5, 13; Lev. 18:1-30; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 1:26-29, 7:2; I Cor. 5:1, 6:9; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:22-23; I Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)  We want to clearly represent what God’s word says concerning these topics but in no way do we want to put greater emphasis on sexual sins than other sins that are equally offensive and sinful in God’s eyes. We believe that even those that are engaged in such practices are loved by God and He desires for them to be saved. (Rom. 5:8; II Pet. 3:9; I Tim. 2:3-4) We also believe that any sin, no matter how grievous, can be forgiven.  (I John 1:9)  Finally we recognize that as God’s people and representatives on earth we are to also love and care for those who are in bondage to sin. (II Cor.5:18-20)  Ways we express this love to others, according to God’s word, is by first obeying and loving God and walking in truth. (I John 5:21; I Cor. 13:6; I John 3:18; Eze. 3:16-20; Gal. 4:16; Eph. 4:25, 5:8-14) 

Water Baptism: Water baptism is an act of obedience that follows conversion to portray symbolically the washing away of our sins for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. Water baptism calls for immersion instead of sprinkling. In fact, the Greek word "baptism" means to immerse, submerse and emerge. The baptism itself does not bring salvation; nor is it a work that accomplishes salvation, but rather it is salvation that inspires a person to be water baptized. Water baptism portrays the burial of the old and the raising out of the water the new life in Christ. This is often referred to as an “Outward sign of an inward act”.  Our church also offers “baby dedication;” an indication on the part of the parents that they intend to raise their child in a way that is pleasing to God.  (I Pet. 3:21; Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:26-27; Col. 2:12; Mark 16:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-41)

If you want a more in depth look at what we believe you can request a full copy of our by-laws or ask to meet with one the Elders, they would be more then happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.