A. The Holy Scriptures: We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, without error and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in faith and life. We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are God’s complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God’s authority for the total well-being of mankind. (1 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-9; 119:1-9,11,97-104,160; Matt. 5:18; John 5:46-47; 10;35)
B. The Trinity (The Godhead): We believe in one true God who has chosen to reveal Himself to us in three, yet equal, persons. This trinity of One we refer to as the Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 4:3-4)
1. God (The Father): We believe that God is the One who created all things (Rev. 4:11) and upholds all things by the Word of His power – Heb. 1:3. In Him we live and move and have our being – Acts 17:28. He is one and only God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right – Deut 32:4, and He shall judge the world – Psalm 9:8.
2. Jesus Christ (the Son): We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe He is the manifestation of God in the flesh (the Word made flesh). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God to and accomplish the redemption of sinful man. He accomplished man’s redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. His bodily resurrection from the grave confirmed our redemption. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him. (John 1:1-2,14,18; Luke 1:34-35; 24:12; Rom. 3:34-26; 8:34; 2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:12-19)
3. The Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. As He brings glory to the Son, He works to convict all men of their sin and their need of salvation; salvation that can only be found in Christ. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer in one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers the believer for godly living – Mark 13:11; John 14:26; Rom. 5:5; 1 Cor. 3:16. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God’s righteousness of coming judgment (John 16:8-11). We believe that the Holy Spirit gives to each believer spiritual gifts to be used in the edification, instruction, and ministry of the local church. We do not believe that the Scriptures teach that any of the gifts have “ceased” but all gifts are still operable for today. However, M2L Ministries does not encourage the use of the “sign gifts” for we do not believe that it would be useful for the edification, instruction, and ministry of M2L. Instead, we seek to emphasize the more excellent way of love as well as zeal for the more edifying gifts. (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Eph. 1:22; 4:11-12; Rom. 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:4-5; 12:11-13; Gal. 5:25; Heb. 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 12:12)
C. The Condition of Man: We believe that the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were created in the image and likeness of God in innocence and without sin. We believe that their came a time when Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God’s law and fell from their sinless and righteous relationship they had with the Father. Because of Adam’s rebellion and fall, all humanity inherited a sinful nature. Therefore, all mankind is born in sin causing them to be spiritually dead and alienated from God. In addition, not only are all people sinners by inheritance, but also by their own choice and therefore are under just condemnation of their sin. Because of man’s sinful and fallen nature, every man and every woman stands before God in need of the salvation that is only found in Christ. (Gen. 1:26; 2:1-24; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3)
D. Salvation: We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin (justification), the power of sin (sanctification), and ultimately the presence of sin (glorification) is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. Each person who places their faith in Christ and receives the Father’s gracious gift of salvation is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby assured of their standing before God as His child. (Eph. 2:8-9; 1:7; John 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13; Heb. 12:3-13; James 2:14-26; Rom. 8:37-39: 10:9-11,13)
1. Eternal Security of the Believer: It is God’s divine decision to save a person and it is God’s kindness, forbearance and patience that leads that person to repentance (Rom. 2:4). All glory for the salvation and security of every believer belongs to God alone (Rom. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:7-9, 2:8-9; Jude 24-25). We believe that everyone who is born again by the Spirit through Jesus Christ is eternally assured of salvation from the moment of conversion. This assurance relies on God’s decisive grace rather than on the works of the Christian. Obedience, good works, fruit-bearing do not earn or retain the believer’s salvation, but indicate the reality of the person’s love of Christ and profession of faith (Luke 6:46; John 14:21; James 2:17-18).
Eternal security in salvation relies on the Lord’s guarantee of each believer’s adoption as His son or daughter (Gal. 4:4-7), and His seal of the believer by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14), and the conviction that God gives the Holy Spirit to each believer as a down payment toward future bliss in heaven (2 Cor. 1:21-22). A person who professes genuine faith in Christ immediately becomes His profession (Luke 23:42-43; Acts 2:40-41; 16:30-34), and nothing can snatch that person out of His hands (John 10:27-29). Having been bought with the price of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as complete payment of sin, Christians are not their own. They are Christ’s possession (1 Cor. 6:19-20). This assurance is absolutely certain, reserved in heaven, protected by God’s unlimited power (1 Pt. 14:4-5.).
2. Process of Sanctification and Maturity: A mature disciple is committed to a relationship with Christ focusing on his/her personal walk with Him, worship of Him, and work with Him. A mature disciple will experience significant growth in personal sanctification and, therefore, will experience a closer personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and will become “complete in Christ” (Col. 1:28). For this reason we are committed to multiplying the godly characteristics of mature discipleship into the lives of others (2 Tim. 2:2).
This multiplication of maturity is the key to the healthy growth of the church. For mature disciples of Jesus Christ will minister to one another in the local church. This ministry of maturity allows the church to better fulfill God’s desire for the body for it does not relegate the ministry of the church to one or a small number of professional pastors bearing total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. The more the church ministers to each other the more the Lord is honored and the more the world is allowed to see the truth of God’s love among His people.
God has given spiritual gifts to all of His people to provide mutual ministry in the context of the healthy and strong local church (Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Peter 4:8-10). Therefore, it is the goal of M2L to encourage and equip each believer to use their talents and spiritual gifting to ministry to the church and a mature and godly manner.
E. The Church: Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes a part of the body, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers. Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there abides the local expression of the church under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership. Those who compose the body of local believers are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:16; 5:23; Rom. 12:1: Acts 2:42-46; 1 Cor. 14:26; 12:13; Matt. 28:28-20)