Purpose Statement

At Middleton Congregational Church (MCC) we seek to live a life on Mission, following Christ, together in Community.

On Mission – God is a missionary God. The Father sent the Son to redeem the world, and the Father and Son sent the Holy Spirt to continue his redemptive mission through his church.  Therefore, mission is not something we “do”; it is our primary vocation as the gathered and scattered church. Every Christian is in ministry and on mission; it is only the specific outworking and day-by-day expressions and challenges of this that may differ. God cares about every part and parcel of our lives and wants to enter into all of it. We believe He has gifted and positioned his Church to be used for His Kingdom mission in each everyday moment.

Following Christ– We are called to follow Jesus as Whole-Life Disciples. Following Jesus encompasses our whole-life and is a life-long process. Following every moment, every place, every season of our life is an opportunity for us to respond to Jesus’ invitation to “come follow Me.” This includes our work and play, our social life and inner life, and our physical, emotional, and our spiritual health. It touches on our relationships—with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers—and on our habits. It encompasses our politics and cultural engagement, the way we spend our time and money, and our spiritual formation. There is no “graduating” from this discipleship. It is an all-inclusive invitation to join the Holy Spirit in Kingdom work of proclaiming the gospel in word and deed. This sort of discipleship defies any implicit or explicit sacred-secular divide, which suggest some things matter to God and others do not. Our mundane, ordinary life matters to God because He is redeeming all things. It also affirms that there is no hierarchy of callings, in which some people are doing “spiritual” work and others are not.

In Community– As those created in the image of God, made for relationship, as a Kingdom community, we value “doing life” together. We value being “real” with one another- extending grace-filled love, and accountability.  We value biblical peacemaking, forgiveness, and reconciliation.  We seek to encourage one another with God’s Word, in prayer, hospitality and partaking of the Lord’s Supper with one another.

 

Statement of Faith

Throughout the great tradition of our church we have affirmed and continue to affirm the Apostles’ Creed. More specifically:

  • We Believe in the one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14, 18:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6)
  • We Believe in the love, grace, and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming, and judging the world. (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 46:9,10; Ephesians 2:4-7; Romans 5:8-11)
  • We Believe in the divine inspired, inerrant, infallible, and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct in all of life. (Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:23)
  • We Believe in the dignity and sanctity of all people, created male and female in God’s image to love, be holy, and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; 3; Matthew 19:4-6; Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-15; Romans 3:23)
  • We Believe in the incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; fully divine and fully human, yet without sin. (Luke 1:31, 35; 2:6-7; Mark 1:13; Philippians 2:5-11)
  • We Believe in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:19-20; Hebrews 10:12-14; 1 John 2:1-2)
  • We Believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Savior of the world. (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:37-39; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1)
  • We Believe in the salvation of sinners solely by the grace of God, through faith in Christ alone. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We Believe in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who regenerates our heart, leads us to repentance and faith, unites us with Christ, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness. (Acts 5:3-4; John 16:8-10; Titus 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-24)
  • We Believe in the church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God, and proclaim the gospel and the reality of the Kingdom, promoting the common good, justice and love. (Psalm 145:9; Micah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11; John 14:16, 17, 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:12-16)
  • We Believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth. (John 6:47, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 35, 11:6; 1 John 5:13; Titus 3:5; Revelation 21:1-5)
  • We believe in celebrating the two gospel sacraments of the Church as instituted by Christ: Christian Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 22:19; Acts 2:42;8:36-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Revelation 19:6-9).