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Core Beliefs for MHC!

About God
We believe in our one eternal God who is the Creator of all things and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: -the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. He is totally loving and completely holy. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; I John 5:7)

About Man
We believe that man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; John 4:20-23;  I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 4:13; I Timothy 6:11-13)

About Eternity
We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. Our eternal destination of either Heaven or Hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; II Thessalonians 1:7; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Revelations 19:20, 20:10-15)

About Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus as both God and man, is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life. He died on the cross in our place and rose again after three days; to prove His Victory over sin and death and Empower us for life. (Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4, 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:8)

About Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sins penalty. To receive forgiveness and the "new birth" we must: repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5) 

About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. God intends for us to live holy and fruitful lives; therefore we need to be baptized in water and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1) 

About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is God's Word to all men. it was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. (Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; II Timothy 1:13, 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21:2)

About Baptism
We believe baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:12)

About Communion
Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer's faith in the atoning work of the cross. (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

About Healing
We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives, in order to help others more effectively. (Romans 12:1-2; 3 John 2)

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