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MTA Doctrinal Statement

We believe the following...

1) Jesus is both fully God and fully man (John 1:1, 14; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
2) The resurrection of Christ -- Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
3) Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2; 5:1-4).
4) The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
5) Monotheism -- There is only one God (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8).
6) God exists as a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mat 28:19; 1 Cor 12:4-6, Isaiah 48:16)
7) Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (Mat 1:18; Luke 1:34-35).
8) Salvation is through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).

The Word of God. The Bible is the inspired word of God, true in all that it claims to be true, without error in the original manuscripts. It is our final standard of faith and practice.

The Trinity. There is one living and true God who is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, loyal love and truth who is one in essence, but eternally existent in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and each worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience..

Jesus Christ. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

Mankind. We believe that mankind was were created in the image of God as creatures with free will and given power and authority over God's creation. We believe that all people are, by nature, separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save them, that person has been born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, that person's sins are forgiven, and that person is an adopted child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

The Church. Christ's Universal 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.

We believe that local Christian churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another, supporing each other, aiding each other and fellowshipping together.

Christian Conduct. We believe a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

The Ordinances. We believe the ordinances given to the local church are two, baptism and the Lord's supper: that baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ; that the Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.

The Last Things. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to Earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.


 

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