Main Street Church

What We Believe...

Historic, orthodox Christianity is defined by a small core of essential doctrines, which are derived from, and upheld by, God's written word, the Bible.

Christian churches will differ on many things...worship styles, cultural practices, and even differ in opinion on some secondary issues. Yet biblically-based Christianity is unified by these foundational doctrines which come directly from the Bible, which we share here. No one church, group of churches, or denomination of authentic Christianity ever makes the claim to be the one and only "true" church, because the True Church is not defined by any earthly institution, but rather, is the collection of all who have a genuine relationship with the living Jesus Christ, which is something that no institution or human authority can create or dictate.

Because our church congregation is located in a predominantly LDS (Mormon) community, and because many of our ministry efforts are related to sharing biblical truth with Mormons (who by and large reject the fundamental doctrines of historic Christianity), we have included some commentary in gray boxes after each doctrinal point in order to help clarify common areas of misunderstanding.

We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9), creator and sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17), who eternally exists in three persons, Father (Ephesians 4:6), Jesus Christ the Son (Colossians 1:15-20), and Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
  The "Trinity" concept of God is frequently the first doctrine of Christianity that is challenged by Mormons and other religious groups--and it is one of the most misunderstood doctrines. Yet it comes directly from the Bible. For more information on the meaning, importance, and origin of the Trinity, please read this article.
God created humanity, both male and female, in His own image (Genesis 1:27). However, all people have rebelled against God (sinned) and are therefore guilty before Him (Romans 3:23).  As a result, all of humanity, together with all of creation, now suffer the consequences of that rebellion (Romans 8:22), and are subject to God's judgment (1 Chronicles 16:14; Romans 2:5; John 5:22).
  The Bible teaches that we are made in God's image--that we share some of His characteristics. We possess a will, the capacity to love and create and reason. As a creation of God's, we reflect the glory of our Creator. But even at our best, we are no more "like" God than a piece of art is "like" the artist. And the problem is, we are all at our worst--our sin has corrupted and tarnished that beauty and glory with which he originally created us. It is a widespread and universal problem, and we all stand guilty as charged, and deserving of God's wrath.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully human (John 10:30-33; Colossians 2:9). In order to redeem sinful humanity, He stepped physically into human history (John 1:14)--he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), died on the cross (Mark 15:15) to pay our sin penalty (Colossians 2:13-14; Isaiah 53:4-6), was buried and raised bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and now sits enthroned as King and Lord of all (1 Peter 3:21-22), and will return again to earth (Acts 1:10-11) for judgment (2 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 4:5) and to claim those who belong to Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Jesus Christ is the foundation and head of the Church (Colossians 1:18)--that is, all people around the world who, through faith, belong to Him (Romans 1:5-6).  Through His life, death, and resurrection, He came to restore man's broken relationship with God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20), and it is through Him alone that we can become children of God (Acts 4:12; 1 John 3:1).  He offers eternal life as a free gift to all who will have faith in Him (John 3:16; Romans 6:23).  It cannot be earned; it is a gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), by His complete and finished work on the cross (Colossians 2:13-14).
  This is the heart of the gospel message, the "plan of salvation" of biblical Christianity. It represents the true nature of Jesus Christ as it is revealed in the Bible. The miracle of the "incarnation" is about God becoming a man, not so that man can become a god, but rather, so that we can have the intimate relationship with God for which we were originally created! It is God's desire for that loving relationship with us that prompted Him to physically enter the human realm and pay the penalty of our sin--entirely--with His blood. To learn more about the biblical gospel message, click here.
We believe in the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17; Matthew 28:19), who works to bring people to belief in, and obedience to, Christ (John 15:26; Acts 1:8). The Spirit dwells in all of those who believe, empowering them to live holy lives and equipping them for service (Romans 15:13; Titus 3:5).
  The Holy Spirit is not some mystical "force" or impersonal power. The Holy Spirit (also known as the Holy Ghost in older English) is that aspect of God which inhabits a believer. It was the same Spirit which Jesus gave his disciples before he returned to the Father, and it's the same Spirit that lives in believers to encourage, empower, and equip for service and good works, to convict of sin and move to repentance and causes us to grow in holiness.
We believe the Bible is the only inspired, infallible, written word of God, and is relevant and applicable today (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16). God reveals His unchanging Truth through His written word (Isaiah 40:8).

The Bible was penned by human authors, under the inspiration of God, which iswhy we call it the "Word of God." It is "infallible" which means that it does not is completely trustworthy. Its very purpose is to reveal God's nature and character; man's need because of sin; and present the solution--what is needed for the salvation of mankind. Jesus Christ is the full revelation as the way, the truth, and eternal life. As a result, nothing more is needed; no additional revelation or works of scripture can add to the final revelation of Jesus Christ.

The Bible's original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic text is available to us with an exceedingly high degree of accuracy. We therefore accept as valid any diligent, scholarly translation of the original text.

We believe in the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15:21-22), and eternal life for all who repent and believe in Christ (Acts 16:31; John 3:16), and eternal condemnation for those who reject God's salvation (John 3:18; Matthew 10:28).
  Heaven and Hell are very touchy subjects. We tend to think, "Good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell." It makes no sense that good people would wind up in hell. That's true, but the problem is, none of us are good. No one. We are all deserving of hell, every last one of us, because we are all sinners, and nothing imperfect can stand before a perfect God. We often don't think this way, because we compare ourselves with the people around us, who are all sinners like us. And so most of us don't think we're "all that bad." But when we stand before One who is truly Good and Perfect, only then are we fully aware of how sinful we are, and how much we deserve to be cast from his presence. It is only through Jesus Christ that we are given a way of escaping this fate, and therefore, it is only through Him that we can enter into His eternal life. All other roads lead away from Him. Which road do you want to be on?

Core Values of Main Street Church

The Holy Bible -- We place great emphasis upon teaching it, studying it, and using it as the guide for our daily lives. (I Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Worship -- We believe that God is worthy of all praise, reverence and love. We take special time to worship Him in church through song, praises, giving, and in prayer. It is our goal to worship Him with our whole lives as well--at home, at work and at play. (John 4:23; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Christian Growth -- As believers, we should be growing in our walk with the Lord. We encourage this by abiding in Jesus Christ through obedience to His Word, prayer, fellowship, and yielding our lives to the Holy Spirit. (John 15:4; Romans 8:29; Ephesians 5:18)

Christian Service -- Serving Christ is part of the Christian life and is the responsibility of all believers. Our goal is to equip every member to use his or her gifts in love, to the benefit of all and for the glory of God. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers us for this ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

Love -- Love is the greatest virtue and demonstration of the reality of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His Spirit in our lives. We endeavor to show a Christ-like love toward all men. Love should be exhibited in our lives by our words as well as our actions. (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 13:13)  

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