We are a church family that is excited about people seeking God. We believe that God’s Spirit is at work in this world drawing people to Himself. It is a privilege to share the truth of the Bible with anyone interested in the things of God. We believe the reality of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. We embrace Jesus as the Messiah. God, the Father is gracious when His creation turns to Him in faith. The Bible has much to say about this amazing privilege of man being reunited with God. One of our greatest joys is to see someone enter into an eternal relationship of transformation with God the Father. (http://peacewithgod.jesus.net)
If you are seeking God, we encourage you to:
Be open and honest about your expectations
Ask questions to address confusion or misunderstanding
Participate as desired
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Once a person embraces our Savior’s gift of eternal life by grace through faith, a transformation takes place. Part of this new birth experience is becoming part of the family of God. God’s Spirit begins to teach and mold our lives to the image of our Savior as we seek God’s truth. As these truths become a functional reality in our private as well as public life, we begin to experience some of the very special things that God has prepared for His people. We are striving to learn how to live in community the way Christ has called us to experience life together. This is a process of learning, growing, and transforming.
As Christ followers, we believe that three pursuits will develop deep strength and maturity of faith:
- Reading and studying the Bible
- Practicing the relationship of prayer
- Serving others, especially those less fortunate
As followers of Christ, we are committed to God’s Priorities:
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Baptism & Communion
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward confession of faith. It proclaims repentance, cleansing, and obedience to follow the path of Christ Jesus. See Matthew 3:13-17
Communion is a holy remembrance of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. It causes us to remember the purity of His death, burial, and resurrection for the atonement of our sins. As we remember, this time of evaluation should create a sense of cleansing as Jesus remains the focus of life. See I Corinthians 11:23-29
mvc october 2014 baptism
Men following their Lord Jesus Christ and publically proclaiming His great worth! Darick, Josh, and Travis ready for baptism at the Utz pond on October 12, 2014. Prayers of affirmation with church family.
Water Baptism and Baby Dedication:
Below is an excerpt from a conversation that Tim had with a parent. We hope it is helpful.
"I just wanted to offer an overview for your consideration. We believe from the Bible that conversion/salvation/spiritual birth/born again/redeeming faith............whatever term you desire to use is a personal choice. No one can make that decision for another person. It has to be a personal choice between you and God Himself. We believe that the scripture reveals the obedience of baptism (mostly immersion) is a step that follows the choice to embrace Jesus as one's Lord and Savior. A good analogy is the marriage vow proclamation. Visible obedient act of an inward faith response/obedience to Jesus call to follow Him.
Consequently, if you apply those beliefs to children, it makes it ever important to train them in the ways of Jesus. As a child sees a parent's commitment to a real life of faith to follow Jesus teaching..........they are being directed or instructed in godliness. At a certain point, and it is different for each child, we believe the Spirit of God will convict (touch the inner being) the child of his/her personal need for forgiveness and personal relationship with God through Christ. After this personal choice, the child or teenager, is baptized.
This commitment to training a child to follow Jesus is what we refer to as "Baby Dedication". In reality, it is really about a couple or parent making a public dedication of their child to God. When Lori and I did it for each of our children, it was a stark reminder of our responsibility to model what we want them to pursue. It is designed to be a time to help "put a line in the sand" that godly parenting really matters in the life of a child."
- The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is infallible, completely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error.
- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit comprise the trinity. One sovereign God that eternally exists in three persons.
- Adam and Eve were created by God. They rebelled against God’s plan and so incurred both physical and spiritual death that has been passed through the generations through a sinful nature that must be redeemed.
- Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, existed without sin, was crucified, buried, resurrected on the third day, and ascended into heaven as part of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.
- Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. Our Lord responds to repentance with forgiveness and thus the repentant person becomes a new creation in God. All the fullness of God is now available to this once fallen creature.
- The Church is the body of Christ as well as His bride. The Church is both local and universal in nature. The work of the Church is wide and complex but with a simple mandate to glorify God through spreading the gospel and making disciples. Baptism and the Lord’s supper are the two ordinances to guard and guide with this process.
- The Lord will return to earth and each believer is to eagerly look for and anticipate His return.
- God will resurrect the bodies of the just as well as the unjust. The final accounting will result in everlasting punishment for the lost and everlasting blessedness for the redeemed.