WE EXIST TO MAKE DISCIPLE-MAKING DISCIPLES WHO GLORIFY JESUS IN WORD AND DEED THROUGHOUT RDU AND THE NATIONS
THERE IS ONE TRIUNE GOD
THE BIBLE IS GOD’S INERRANT WORD
The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith. It is to be believed, obeyed, and trusted in all that it contains.
ALL PEOPLE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE
ALL PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF REDEMPTION FROM SIN
Due to Adam’s sin in Eden, the image of God has been distorted in all people, but not lost. As a result, all human beings are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Because of this, all people have disobeyed God willfully through their sin and have inherited both physical and spiritual death. This death cannot be overcome by human means and therefore all people are in need of redemption. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience this salvation.
JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST
Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, is ruling at the right hand of the Father, and will one day return to judge the living and the dead.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION
Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief, or person can reconcile God and man. Only Jesus can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.
SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE THROUGH GRACE ALONE
Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, when a person repents of their sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly by God’s grace on the basis of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, not on the basis of human works. All the redeemed are secured in Christ forever, through the Holy Spirit.
THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S BODY
The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus. The Church is called to make disciples through worship, prayer, teaching the Word, fellowship, observing the ordinances, and the proclamation of the gospel.
JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN
God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time and in His own way. At that time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Christ will judge both the saved and unsaved. Those who have trusted Christ will receive a glorified body and dwell forever with the Lord. Those who have not trusted in Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.
OUR CORE VALUES
The gospel is of “first importance,” says Paul. Without the gospel, there is no such thing as Christianity or the Church, in a biblical sense. The gospel is good news, not simply good advice. It is the revolutionary message of the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinful humanity. The gospel is not primarily a way of life.
- Justification – It is not something we do, but something God in Christ has done on our behalf. Saving us from our sin, Christ has justified us before God.
- Salvation – The gospel is the good news announcing that we have been saved, if we repent of our sins and with childlike faith believe in the risen Savior. And through this we enter into a new life as a disciple of Christ.
- Sanctification – And, it is the gospel that is saving us as it continues to do its work in us, fashioning and forming us into the very likeness of King Jesus.
- Glorification – The consummation of this work of the gospel and living as a disciple of Christ results in us being shaped into the very image of Christ at His second coming.
Because of the priority and life changing power of the gospel, we will be committed to living as Gospel-centered disciples in a Gospel-driven fellowship of believers who make disciples through the power of this message.
(1 Cor 15:1-4; 2 Cor 5:11-22; Rom 1:16; Col 1:6; Tit 2:11-15; 2 Pet1:3-9).
We are committed to being a diverse community that seeks to reflect the biblical picture of God’s people from every tribe and nation gathering to worship and serve the only One who is worthy of our praise and allegiance, Jesus Christ. At Missio Dei, our corporate community will seek to be a different community in a Post-Christian Culture. The way we will pursue community beyond our Sunday gatherings is in healthy small groups that worship, evangelize, disciple, fellowship, minister, and go on mission together.
- Contrasting – Missio Dei desires to be a Contrasting Community. This is not primarily with other churches but with our culture. The Church must show society a different way to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Likewise, MDC strives to do the same within our city.
- Serving – The church must be a Serving Community. Those around the church must see the people of God actively pursuing opportunities to lovingly serve our city and beyond for the sake of the gospel.
- Unifying – The church must desire to be a Unifying Community. We must be known not for division or differences, but for our peacemaking – reflecting the Prince of Peace.
- Proclaiming – The church should be a Proclaiming Community. We must be a people of the Word. This call is not only for established leaders, but the community as a whole. We should all be ministers of the Word.
- Equipping – The church should aim to be an Equipping Community. From the first century, every Christian took the gospel and spread it like wildfire throughout the nations. Therefore, rather than choosing to attend church as consumers, MDC desires to equip every church member, not just the established leadership, for the work of ministry. To accomplish this, we believe every church member should be discipled in key areas like biblical literacy, theology, and Christian apologetics.
- Suffering – The church is a Suffering Community. As we live gospel-centered lives, we will suffer for Christ’s name and glory, as He suffered for our sake. By doing this, we share in the sufferings of Christ and the burdens of others. Yet, this pain is from a place of hope not despair. As a church, we choose to view suffering as a means to glorify God.
(John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12: 3-8; 1 Cor. 12; Eph.2:11-22; 3:7-10; Heb 3:12-13; 10:19-25; 1 Pet 4:7-11; Rev. 7:9-10).
God’s primary plan to reach the nations with the gospel is through those He has rescued from sin and redeemed for Himself. He equips and calls all Christians to join His mission, and He empowers us with His Holy Spirit. As a redeemed people, we have the privilege of being used by the Spirit of God to reconcile the world back to Himself.
Our mission is clear: The Great Commission, which is the command of God for His elect to go make disciples who make disciples of Christ. As we go, Jesus promises to never leave His Church as we obey His command.
Church history proves that the primary means we have to reach the world with the gospel and make disciples is through church planting. Thus, MDC, will be committed to being a church planting church where we raise up, equip, and send out leaders to do likewise. MDC will also be a church that seeks to help its members to become World Christians, creating an environment where the Holy Spirit can call men and women to go to the nations
(Gen 1:27-28; Isa. 45:22; Mt. 5:13-16; 28:18-20; Jn. 17:1-26; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:9-17; 2 Cor 5:11-21; 1 Pet 2:9-12; Rev 5).
Missio Dei Church is an elder-led congregation. We view the role of pastor and elder as one and the same. To learn more about our convictions and how we make decisions as leaders, view our Philosophy of Ministry.