- THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, without error in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
- THE GODHEAD: We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
- THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Jn. 1:1–2, 14; Lk. 1:35; Heb. 5:9).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24–25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1: 3–5; 2 Cor. 5:21).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9–10; Heb. 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2).
- THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Jn. 16:8–11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12–14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13–14).
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into truth and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled and controlled by the Spirit (Jn. 16:13; Eph. 5:18).
- THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN: We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26–27; Rom. 3:22–23; Eph. 2:1–3; Rom. 5:12).
- SALVATION: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8–9; Jn. 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
- THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS: We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (Jn. 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Rom. 8:1, 38–39; 1 Cor. 1:4–8).
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh and clearly warns believers to avoid unbelief and licentiousness (Rom. 13:13–14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11–15; Heb. 3:12–13; 6:9).
- THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER: We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom. 6:13; Eph. 4:22–24; Col. 3:10; 1 Jn. 3:5–10).
- SEPARATION: We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations are commanded of God (2 Tim. 3:1–5; 2 Jn. 8–11; 1 Jn. 2:15–17; 2 Cor. 6:14–7:1).
- MISSIONS: We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by work to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19–20).
- THE MINISTRY OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. This cessation of sign gifts does not preclude that God may in a future dispensation choose to reinstate the gifts of His choosing (1 Cor. 12:4–11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7–12; 1 Cor. 13:13).
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted (Jn. 15:7; 1 Jn. 5:14–15).
- THE CHURCH: We believe that the Church, which is the body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Eph. 1:22–23; 5:25–27; 1 Cor. 12:12–14).
We believe that the establishment and continuation of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 1 Tim. 3:1–13).
We believe that the ordinances of the Church are baptism by immersion as a mark of our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:4); and the Lord’s supper, remembering the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:26).
- DISPENSATIONALISM: We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation but reject the extreme teaching known as “Hyper Dispensationalism,” such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord’s Table or water baptism as a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19–20; Acts 2:41–42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23–26).
- THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN: We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6–7; Isa. 14:12–17; Matt. 4:2–11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
- THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST: We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thess. 4:13–18; Zech. 14:4–11; Rev. 19:11–16; 20:1–6).
- THE ETERNAL STATE: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved unto eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28–29; 11:25–26; Rev. 20:5–6; 12–13).
We believe that the spirits of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Lk. 23:43; Rev. 20:4–6; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16–17).
- MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18–20; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10). We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery (Genesis 1:26–28).
We believe that, in order to preserve the function and integrity of Mount Airy Bible Church (MABC) as the local Body of Christ and to provide a biblical role model to the MABC members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by MABC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, or who are members agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14–16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19–21; Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28–31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of MABC (Ephesians 4:29–32).
- FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (Pastors and elders) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church (Gal. 3:28; Col 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline (Gen 1:26-28; Ex. 20;12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).
- ABORTION: We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is a procedure with the sole purpose of killing the unborn in the termination of pregnancy. We oppose abortion. When extreme medical emergencies arise that threaten the life of the mother, we believe in treatment to save the mother’s life, including premature delivery if that is indicated, obviously with the patient’s informed consent. This is not abortion to save the mother’s life. The purpose is to treat two patients—the mother and the baby—and every reasonable attempt to save the baby’s life would also be part of medical intervention. We acknowledge that, in some instances, the baby would be too premature to survive (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
- EUTHANASIA: We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment (Ex. 20:13, 23:7; Matt. 5:21; Acts 17:28).
- LOVE: We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10, 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18).
- LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS: We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
- GIVING: We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a general model for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).
MABC Purpose Statement
Mount Airy Bible Church, as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, is committed to and exists for the purpose of producing mature disciples of Jesus Christ so that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:18
Philosophy of Ministry
We, as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus, are attempting to serve Him with a philosophy of ministry that is guided by these four principles:
|Missions:||winning the lost in the world to Jesus Christ|
|Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:18|
|Maturity:||discipling the believers who desire to grow|
|Ephesians 4:11-16; II Timothy 2:2|
|Ministry:||mobilizing the believers to service|
|Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31|
|Majesty:||leading the congregation to worship our Lord|
|I Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14|
It is our desire that through these directions, the Lord Jesus will be pre-eminent, the Holy Spirit will be yielded to, and God may be glorified.
Explanation of Philosophy of Ministry
Defined generally, a philosophy of ministry is a set of unalterable principles that determines how you will function in your ministry. Simply stated, your philosophy of ministry defines why you do what you do.
Defined specifically, your philosophy of ministry should be drawn from a careful investigation of the explicit teaching of Scripture and any implicit methodologies which can be gleaned from seeing how ministry occurred in the early church. Of course, no discussion of explicit or implicit teachings from Scripture can stand outside of the proper exegetical and hermeneutical control. When you are able to define your philosophy of ministry in this crucial way, you will not only know why you do what you do, but how to actually do it.
There are several by-products that prove indespensable in developing a biblically oriented philosophy of ministry:
|It develops a unity of direction. Once your adult ministry has been firmly established, it filters down through the rest of the flock to form a consistent approach to ministry. It also works to encourage consistent communication of your purpose and overall direction.|
|It defines each aspect of your ministry in relation to the whole. With this kind of philosophy, you can avoid the complementation vs. competition trap as well as “distinction vs. duplication.”|
|It forces you to determine your month-to-month and year-to-year goals with your overall philosophy of ministry firmly in your hand.|
The Unalterable Principles by Which Mount Airy Bible Church Implements Their Philosophy of Ministry
- THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD - I Corinthians 15:28
- THE SUPREMACY OF SCRIPTURES - I Peter 1:24-25
- THE SINFULNESS OF MAN
- All men are totally depraved and stand in rebellion against God - Romans 3:10-18
- Man is unable to remedy his lost condition - Romans 5:12-21
- Salvation is only available in the finished work of Jesus Christ and faith in Him alone - Romans 5:1-11
- Once saved, the believer needs to grow in grace or he will grow in disgrace - II Peter 3:18
- We are to be holy as He is holy - I Peter 1:15-17
- THE SAVIOR OF THE CHURCH - II Corinthians 2:14-17
- THE SERVANTHOOD OF LEADERSHIP - I Peter 5:1-6 (see Pluarality of Elders)
- The model for leadership is the Lord Jesus - Ephesians 4:13
- The leaders of a local Church are to be models of servanthood - I Peter 5:1-4
- Servant leadership does not erase the issue of authority - I Peter 5:1-4