what we believe
About the Bible:
We believe that the Bible, comprised of 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, is the inspired Word of God and is totally inerrant in its original manuscripts. We further believe that the Bible is Truth and is our infallible rule in all matters. We believe it was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures should be applied to the believer's every day life through diligent study and meditation.
2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12; John 5:39; Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5
About the Godhead:
We believe in One God eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of the same reverence and obedience.
Hebrews 1:1-3; Genesis 1:26; John 1:1-5, 14; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus of Nazareth:
We believe Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Being fully God and fully man, we believe in the pre-existence, incarnation, and virgin birth of Jesus who was and is the Messiah prophesied about in the 39 books of the Old Testament. We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, and performed miracles. We believe in His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into heaven, and His imminent return. He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding for His redeemed. We acknowledge Jesus as Lord over all things in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth.
John 1:1-2, 14; I Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 7:24-25; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-16
About God the Holy Spirit:
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who was present before creation, was sent on the day of Pentecost to convict, equip, empower, and draw to the Father those who will believe and confess Jesus as the Savior promised in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit seals all who receive the gift of grace offered through Jesus Christ. He instructs, guides, and leads us into all truth. He distributes gifts to the believer, all of which are available to the church today. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son and is to be revered, honored, and worshiped as such.
John 16:13; 14:16, 17; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:26, 27; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; I Corinthians 12, 13, 14
We believe that God created man both male and female in His image and likeness. We were created to fellowship, worship, and enjoy God. However through the original sin of the first man and woman, they along with all mankind, were sentenced to both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. All have sinned and have no hope of Salvation outside of Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross, by which we have access to His Grace by faith, which is a gift from God.
Genesis 1:26,27; Ephesians 2:8,9; Genesis 3; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21
About the Church
We believe the church is not a building or an organization but a people. We believe that God has established His Church (composed of all recipients of His Grace for all time) on the earth. Jesus is the head of the Church and the Church is subject to Him in every way. The local church exists as a part of the larger Church to worship God, disciple and care for believers, and advance His Kingdom through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost. God has given gifts to men for the building up of the Church (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists) and the leaders of the church are to use these gifts to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
I Peter 2:4-10; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 5:23; 4:11, 12; 1:22, 23; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Luke 15
We believe man and woman were created to exist forever. After physical death our spirits will eternally be with God in Heaven, or eternally separated from God in Hell. We believe that both Heaven and Hell are places that really exist as the Bible describes them.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Luke 12:5; Jude 7; Jude 21
The Bible is clear that there is only one way a person can be saved from their sin, and that is faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that Salvation is a gift from God and is not accomplished by any works of man. He gives generously and our response to His gift of Grace is necessary for the work but made possible only by the drawing and wooing of the Holy Spirit. Eternal life begins at conversion. When the Holy Spirit draws an individual to Himself, the truth of the Gospel is presented and he responds in faith and repentance, this is the moment of conversion which re-establishes fellowship with God, and the natural bi-product of it, is spiritual fruit. A believer has security in knowing this gift of Grace will not be revoked.
Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 5:22-25; John 6:44; John 12:32; Hebrews 9:15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Romans 8:28-30; John 16:5-16; John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 10:14; I Peter 1:3-5
About The Miraculous/Spiritual Gifts:
The church was founded by, has been sustained by, and continues to grow by the power of God working graciously and miraculously through His people. God continues to work in the world today in any way He chooses - both in ways seen explicitly in the Bible and in unique ways consistent with the principles of the Bible but not seen explicitly. One role of the Holy Spirit is to empower every believer for service to others by imparting spiritual gifts for the building up of His church. All the spiritual gifts seen in the New Testament church are active and available to present day believers through the enablement and choosing of the Holy Spirit. None of these gifts have ceased to exist nor have ceased to play a vital role in the mission of the church. All of the gifts are important to the church today, but each will cease to exist when Jesus returns for His church.
John 14:12-14; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13:13; Ephesians 4:11-14
Other Important Issues:
There are many issues in the Bible that the Body of Christ has allowed to splinter the Church, running to one side of scripture or the other. At Mid-Cities, we believe that there are clear Biblical Truths that are not up for debate or discussion. We also believe there are many truths in the Bible that are Paradoxical. Two issues that seem to be opposing views, in contradiction to one another, but both are true. This is the wonder and mystery of a Sovereign, Powerful, Just, Merciful, and Omniscient God and Creator. Theologians have argued for centuries over some of these paradoxes and we believe that God holds some things as a mystery.
Because of this:
In essential Beliefs – We have Unity
In non-essential Beliefs – We have liberty
In all our beliefs –We show love and Grace
“2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”
I Corinthians 13:9-12
“9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”