MC3 Church is a part of a unity movement to Restore the New Testament Church. The “Restoration Movement” began when believers distressed with creeds, legalism, and denominations, called the Church back to the authority of the Bible. The Movement grew into what we call the Christian Churches.
We do not call ourselves a denomination, because we believe that we are not “the only Christians,” but that we are “Christians Only.”
MC3 is an evangelical church and we look solely to the scriptures as our true source of authority. You can also correctly call us a “Bible-believing” Church.
What We Believe
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- The absolute deity of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:5-7, John 14:9, John 8:57-58, John 1:1)
- The Virgin birth of Christ. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-25)
- The Historical “Fall of Man.” (Genesis 3)
- The sinful nature of man. (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23)
- The Substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. (Isaiah 53:5-6, 1 Peter 2:24-25)
- The bodily resurrection of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
- The literal return of Christ. (John 14:1-8, 2 Peter 3:3-13)
- The resurrection and assignment of all people to heaven or hell. (Revelation 20:11-15, John 5:28-30)
- The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in all believers. (Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 1:13-14)
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the leader of the church, and the source of eternal life.
- The triune Godhead of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, Revelation 1:12-18,
- The Church must reflect God’s love for one another and lost people. (1 John 4:7-12, Luke 15:11-32)
Understanding Salvation . . .
Understanding Salvation is the first step toward this kind of worship. There is no way that we can make it to heaven on our own, Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God wants the free gift of forgiveness for us, but how do we receive it?
- Belief—Believing the truth about Jesus, relying upon Christ to save us, and trusting Him with our lives. (Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
- Repentance—Sorrow for sins, willingness to change, to turn from sin and live an obedient life in Christ. (Jeremiah 2:13, Acts 2:38, 1 Thessalonians 1:9)
- Confession—Acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life. (Matthew 10:32-33)
- Baptism—Becoming a disciple of Jesus includes a willingness to be baptized. (Matthew 3:13-17)
Baptism Is . . .
Immersion in water. (Acts 8:26-40)
Making a break from sin and beginning anew. (Acts 22:16)
An obedient response to the good news. (Acts 2:35-38)
An act that initiates one into fellowship. (Acts 2:36-41)
Picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:1-6)
Baptism Is Not . . .
A guarantee of heaven; without faith or repentance, baptism is just getting wet. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Proof that you’ve changed your life; actions are the “proof” God expects of us. (Galatians 5:16-26)
Why Baptism . . .
Because Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:18-20)
To express a clean conscience before God. (1 Peter 3:21)
Who Should Be Baptized . . .
Those who hear the gospel. (Romans 10:17)
Those who Believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. (Mark 16:16)
Those who Repent of personal sins. (Acts 2:38-39)
Those who Confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Romans 10:9-10)