BIBLICAL AFFIRMATIONS OF CONVICTION & CONDUCT
REGARDING BIBLICAL CONVICTION
By agreeing to these statements, you are stating, in good conscience, that you affirm the following key beliefs held by Mission Point Community Church to be true (or at a minimum do not stand in opposition to the same).
- The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in its original form. It is the final authority for all matters of Christian life and belief.
- There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— who are equal, yet function in distinct roles.
- Man was created by God, in the image of God, but through sin incurred physical and spiritual death. Beginning with the first man and woman, every individual has committed sin. Sin is any thought, attitude or act, intentional or unintentional, that veers from God’s design and commands. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are deserving of eternal judgment apart from salvation in Jesus Christ.
- The Gospel is the good news of God’s saving actions toward sinners through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took on human nature, lived a sinless life, died in the place of sinners, and rose again to offer forgiveness and new life to anyone who believes.
- Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who turns from their sin and trusts in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ receives forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.
- The Holy Spirit works to progressively transform believers into the image of Christ. His work is carried out in the believer through the practice of Spiritual Disciplines such as; study of Scripture, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers. The Holy Spirit empowers and equips believers to play their unique role in serving the church and reaching the world with the message of Jesus Christ.
- The church worldwide exists to worship, serve, and glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All members of the church worldwide are to be connected to a local church, where they receive teaching and direction, live in community with other believers, and are supported to carry the message of Jesus’ salvation to the world.
- Every believer in Jesus Christ has a unique role to play in the church’s mission to reach the world with the message of the Gospel. The local and worldwide church lead and support this mission until the return of Jesus Christ.
- Jesus Christ will return to the earth, personally and visibly, to establish His kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the believer and the non-believer—the believer to eternal joy, living with Christ, and the non-believer to eternal punishment away from the presence of God.
REGARDING BIBLICAL CONDUCT
Individual Christians, and the Church as a whole, are called to “not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:1-2). Even when it comes the issues that are controversial in our culture (e.g. sanctity of life, divorce, sexuality, marriage, etc.), Christians are to live their lives, both personally and corporately, in a way that aligns with biblical teaching and the standards of morality. Toward that end, by agreeing with these statements, you are affirming, in good conscience, an intent to live according to the standards of behavior laid out in the Bible including, but not limited to:
- Pursuing the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship and practice of spiritual disciplines (Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22).
- Regularly participating in the life of Mission Point Community Church by attending weekly services, engaging in community and serving those within and outside of this church (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).
- Stewarding the resources God has given, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and finances. This includes regular financial giving, service and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful and voluntary (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9).
- By God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, walking in holiness in all areas of life as an act of worship to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16. 1 Peter 4:1-3).
- Practicing chastity unless married and, if married, complete fidelity within a heterosexual and monogamous marriage. Complete chastity and fidelity means, among other things, that regardless of my marital status, I will pursue purity and abstain from sexually immoral practices such as adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality and pornography (Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 1 Corinthians 10:8; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4; Romans 1:18-28).
- Refraining from illegal drug use, drunkenness, gossip and other sinful behavior as the Bible dictates (Romans 1:28-32; Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18; James 3:3-18).
- Living a life of vigilance in dealing with sin as I become aware of it. This would include:
- Confessing my sin to God and to fellow believers.
- Repenting and seeking help to deal with sin. (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5; James 5:16; 1 John 1:6-10).
- Submitting to the elders and other appointed leaders of the church and diligently striving for unity and peace within the church (Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5).