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)
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.
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