In Essentials, Unity. In Non-Essentials, Liberty. In All Things, Love.
About the Trinity
We Believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power.
We Believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on a cross; His bodily resurrection; His victorious ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His personal, imminent return.
About the Holy Spirit
We Believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers and thus enabling and empowering the life and ministry of the believer.
About Humanity, Sin, and Restoration
We believe that God has created humanity in His image, that sin has marred that image, and that God is in the process of restoring humanity as his image-bearers through the life, death, resurrection, ascension of Christ.
We Believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and are, therefore, in right relationship with God.
About the Future
We Believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God and everlasting separation for those who have rejected union with God through his Son.
About the Bible
We Believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and without mistakes as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.
While Doctrinal Distinctives are not 'Essential Beliefs' regarding an individual's salvation, these beliefs are central in the practice of Mosaic Church.
Word & Spirit
Mosaic Church is wholly committed to the convergence of both the Word of God and the Spirit of God, not simply as a theological statement but as a way of life and ministry. Our aim in all that we do, whether in corporate worship, community group gatherings, discipleship, or missional outreach, is to serve in accordance with the Word of God through the power of the Spirit of God. Our belief is that the two were meant to be married, pursued together, and complementary to one another.
There are two general fears that threaten to divide the church along these lines. Some are fearful that an emphasis on the Bible will quench the Spirit, and others fearful that openness to the supernatural and spiritual gifts will lure us away from God’s Word into the land of sensationalism and subjectivity. We believe that the New Testament does not give us the option of choosing to elevate one or the other, and that choosing or elevating either one at the exclusion or expense of the other is a misrepresentation of what the essence of the Christian faith is about.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and without mistakes as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life. We are very serious about the written Word of God. We teach it and preach it and live under its authority, and gladly allow it to govern our lives, both individually and as a church body, according to its principles (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that the Spirit of God is the source of all spiritual life and that the ministry of the Spirit in signs and wonders continues to be as broad, tangible, and powerful among believers today as it was in the early church. We also believe that all the biblical gifts of the Spirit continue to be distributed by the Spirit today; that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry; and that these gifts are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines (John 14:12; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; Galatians 3:1-5)
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Unity through Diversity
Mosaic Church believes that unless diverse people choose to humbly live life and work together, the church cannot display the fullness of Christ, and individuals cannot mature and grow as God intends us to. The Gospel writers display Jesus as the perfect exemplar of the five gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11, this is why Paul says “Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
- The word “apostle” means “sent one”. Jesus is the ultimate, “sent one”, being sent from heaven to earth on a mission to redeem and restore all that sin has destroyed.
- The word “prophet” means “one who speaks”, and by implication means “one who hears from God and then speaks”. Jesus is the ultimate prophet, who hears directly and perfectly from God and speaks perfectly for him.
- The word “evangelist” means “one who brings good news”. Jesus is the ultimate evangelist, the one who came to announce the good news, literally the gospel, of God’s victory and the good news of a Kingdom that would heal all that has been broken.
- The word “shepherd/ pastor” describes “one who cares for others with a tender heart”. Jesus is the ultimate shepherd/ pastor, as he described himself as “the good shepherd” who knows his people and cares for his people perfectly.
- The word “teacher” means “one who holds out truth”. Jesus is the ultimate teacher, who knew truth completely and taught with a power and authority that caused the crowds to listen in awe.
Not only is Jesus the perfection of all of these roles, but according to verses 7-11, when Jesus ascended to heaven following his resurrection, he gave these gifts out to the church. This was to ensure that in his bodily absence his people, the church, might fully display his presence and power on the earth. This means that the church contains the fullness of Jesus among its diversely created members.
- We believe that Jesus has gifted the church with people who serve “apostolically”. These are people who are wired as “sent ones”. They live and see the world through the lens of the mission of God and constantly push the church out.
- We believe that Jesus has gifted the church with people who people who serve "prophetically". These are people who are wired to be especially sensitive to the voice of God. They see the world through the lens of hearing God and desire for others to hear from God as they do.
- We believe that Jesus has gifted the church with people who serve "evangelistically". These are people who are wired to go out and win others over. They see the world through the lens of relationships, particularly engaging those who are far from God and sharing life and faith with them.
- We believe that Jesus has gifted the church with people who serve as shepherds/ pastors. These are people who are wired to quickly discern the needs and feelings of the people around them. They see the lens through the lens of people’s needs, and want people to feel loved and cared for.
- We believe that Jesus has gifted the church with people who serve as teachers. These are people who are wired to study, learn, and then teach the truth of God. These people see the world through the lens of knowing and helping others know truth that will help them understand and live life.
Again, we believe that unless diverse people choose to humbly live life and work together, the church cannot display the fullness of Christ, and individuals cannot mature and grow as God intends us to. This is why Paul emphasized unity, humility and bearing with one another in verses 1-6. It’s not easy for differently gifted individuals to stay together. But unless we do, we cannot be the church that God has designed us to be, and we cannot spiritually mature as individuals the way that God desires for us to mature.
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).
We are committed to be a people who speak the truth in love. Failing to do so is cruel and misleading. If you are a woman who has had an abortion, we want you to know that God is abounding in love and grace. He is a God who forgives and cares and covers those who run to Him. You have not committed an unforgivable sin and are not outside of God’s ability or desire to reconcile with His beloved.
If you are a woman who is considering an abortion, we want you to know that our hearts go out to you and we want to help you chose a different path. It has always been challenging and costly to raise a child in this world. It is such a daunting mantel of responsibility especially today. We encourage you to consider the life of the child growing within you and to count him or her as more important than any alleged rights which the world would tell you to cling to. Trust the Lord with your own life and the life of the gift which He has given, and come to our church family for help. In the end, obedience is not only our inherent responsibility, but our greatest joy.
Marriage, Gender & 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. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, and attempting to change one’s biological sex or otherwise acting upon any disagreement with one’s biological sex) is sinful and offensive to God. Therefore, Mosaic will not sanction, perform, or officiate same gender weddings.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. Mosaic’s elders and staff shall only participate in weddings between one man and one woman. The facilities and property of Mosaic shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. 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 the church.
Race & Justice for All
We denounce racism and racial injustice in all of its forms. This includes the sin of partiality that affects our hearts individually, as well as all of the various ways that racism manifests itself socially and culturally. Racism is evil and is an affront to our Creator who made each of us -- from every ethnic background, female and male, young and old, rich and poor, weak and strong -- in His image.
Because we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:1-2; Galatians 3:28), we are committed to treat one another with dignity and respect (Romans 13:8-10); we are committed to speak up and protect the vulnerable among us (Proverbs 31:8-9); we are committed to provide for the needy among us (James 1:27); we are committed to live righteous lives (Proverbs 14:34); we are committed to stand for truth and justice (Psalm 82:3,4); and we are committed to love and to forgive (Ephesians 4:32-5:2).
Fulfilling these commitments with diligence reflects the heart of our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, to a broken and hurting world (Matthew 5:16). We are praying for wisdom and courage as we seek to bring the light of Jesus into the darkness and division of our world.
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