Statement of Beliefs

1.    Introduction:
The Mid-Missouri Congregation of God was formed in 1999 with the intention of spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God.  The following statements are not intended to be exhaustive, but an expression of our common belief, which is derived from our understanding of Scripture.  We are followers of Jesus Christ our savior, and He is the only begotten Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

2.    Our Beliefs:
     2.1 God:
We believe God the Father is the only eternal, all powerful, supreme creator, and sustainer of the entire universe.
Verses: 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Isaiah 44:6; Hebrews 1:1-2; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 6:15-16

     2.2 Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God, and the Son of Man.  He was the prophesied Messiah of the Old Testament, and is described in the New Testament as being fully human and fully divine.  As the second member of the God family, He has existed throughout eternity as the “Word.”  He divested Himself of this power and His majesty, and became a human being to die for the sins of all mankind as our loving and merciful Savior. He was then resurrected, and ascended to heaven to become our High Priest. Jesus Christ shall return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, and rule as King of Kings with His saints forever.
Verses: Luke 1:30-34; John 1:14; John 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:14-15

     2.3 Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the essence, power, mind and spiritual extension and presence of God.  God calls, begets, teaches, and inhabits Christians as His sons and daughters through this Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is given as a gift to help those who have accepted Christ to strengthen their Christian walk, convert the mind (soul) and serve as an earnest, seal, or down payment for eternal life.
Verses: John 14:26; John 15:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:5

     2.4 Bible:
We believe the whole Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God containing his plan of salvation, and the record of His participation in history. The Old and New Testaments comprise God’s inspired Word.
Verses: Matthew 4:4; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:20-21; Deuteronomy 8:3

    2.5 Salvation:
We believe that salvation is the means by which God, through Christ, saves man from the penalty of sin and gives him eternal life.  This process includes one’s calling, repentance, baptism, justification, receiving of the Holy Spirit, sanctification through a life of faith and obedience.  Salvation is a freely given gift from God through grace.
Verses: Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16-17, Romans 6:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:13

    2.6 Faith:
We believe faith is the sure knowledge that God exists, and that He will accomplish those things He has promised.  Faith is necessary for salvation.  The basic elements of faith are courage, action, and risk.
Verses: Hebrews 11:1; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 10:17

     2.7 Repentance:
We believe repentance is the act of acknowledging one’s sins, and turning from that sin to obey God.  It begins when God opens one’s mind to see himself in comparison with God and His law.  True repentance is the first step toward reconciliation with God, and thereby toward ultimate salvation.
Verses: Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19-20; Acts 8:22; 1 John 3:4

     2.8 Baptism:
We believe that the ceremony of water baptism is performed by immersion, for the forgiveness of sins, upon true repentance of Christ’s sacrifice.  After this ceremony, as a result, one receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.  Baptism symbolizes the renunciation of the past sinful way of life, the burial of the old man in a watery grave, and the emergence of a new, Spirit-led man living with Christ’s mind and following in his footsteps.
Verses: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-8

     2.9 Laying on of Hands:
We believe that the laying on of hands is an act performed, such as for the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordination, anointing of the sick, or for other special purposes.
Verses: Matthew 19:13-16; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 8:17-19; Acts 13:3; 1 Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 6:2

     2.10 Resurrection:
We believe that the hope of all Christian believers in Christ and the promise to the Christian is the resurrection from the dead unto eternal life.  The Bible manifests the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead and the pioneer of our salvation, and the resurrection of the worthy saints- called the “first resurrection”- at the return of Christ when the true believers shall be changed to immortal beings as members of God’s family.
Verses: Luke 20:35; John 5:28-29; Acts 2:32; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:5-6; Revelation 20:13-15

     2.11 Law:
We believe that the law of God as revealed in the Bible, comprised of commandments, statues, ordinances, judgments, and testimonies, is a good, right, perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflect God’s character and serve as a means of expressing His love toward man. God’s law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellowman, how to live life abundantly, and at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God.  The law of God is represented in both the Old and New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations.
Verses: Deuteronomy 4:8; Deuteronomy 29:29; Joshua 1:8; 2 Kings 17:37; 2 Chronicles 19:10; Psalms 19:7-11; Matthew 5:17-18; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15; John 14:21; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:2-4; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14

     2.12 Ten Commandments:
We believe the Ten Commandments, given by God, codified by Moses, and ratified and magnified by Christ, are the perfect expression of God’s love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of the Christian life.
Verses: Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 22:14; Psalm 19:8; 1 John 5:2-4; Deuteronomy 8:6

     2.13 Sabbath:
We believe that the seventh-day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction.  Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Messenger of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian’s relationship with God.
Verses: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8; Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 4:16

     2.14 Annual Holy Days:
We believe that the annual holy days were ordained by God, kept by the ancient Israelites, and continued by the early New Testament Christians.  These annual “appointed feasts” picture God’s plan of salvation for man.
Verses: Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8-10; Act 2:1; Acts 12:3; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 16:8

     2.15 Tithing:
We believe that tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God.  The church does not enforce or police tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe.  Each individual has the responsibility to honor the LORD with his substance and with the first fruits of all his increase. Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world.
Verses: Malachi 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

     2.16 The Christian Family/definition of marriage:
We believe that the marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which was established by God at the very beginning, which in turn is the core of a stable society.  As the primary physical analogy of God’s plan for mankind, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church.  Although roles are defined, men and women have equal spiritual potential before God.
Verses: Genesis 2:23-24; Ephesians 5:22-30; Ephesians 6:1-3; 1 Peter 3:7; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:2-3

     2.17 Healing:
We believe that divine healing is a miracle that God in His mercy and love may extend to those who call upon Him in time of need, according to faith.  The healing of Jesus Christ demonstrates and represents His power to express compassion, to forgive sin, and ultimately, to resurrect the dead and establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
Verses: Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:1-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 10:8; Matthew 14:14; James 5:14-16; Mark 5:34; 1 Corinthians 12:8-9