WHAT WE BELIEVE

Doctrinal beliefs of Maplewood Church

 

Bible

Every word in the original writings of the Old and New Testaments is inspired by God and without error. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:17-18)

 

God

God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God. (Gen. 1:1; Matt.28:19-20; John 1:15; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:15)

 

Man

Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners, hopelessly sinful in themselves, apart from the grace of God. (Gen.1:26; Rom. 3:23 & 5:12; Eph. 2:1-10)

 

Jesus Christ

The eternal Son of God incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully Man. (John 1:1, 14, 18; John 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9 & 5:8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 2:5)

 

Salvation

Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ, who died for our sins and rose again. (Acts 4:12 & 13:38-39; 1 Cor. 15:14; Rom. 4:4-5 & 5:1; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Acts 16:31)

 

Assurance

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. (Rom. 5:1; John 5:13; Eph. 4:30; John 10:27-29 & 17:12; John 6:37)

 

Ordinances

The Scriptural ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are for all believers in Christ. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 9:18 & 10:47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead, who regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and enables them to live the holy life God desires for his children. (John 14:16-17 & 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 3:16 & 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14 & 4:30; Gal. 5:16, 25)

 

Church

The Church is composed of all those who have personally trusted Christ as Savior in this present age and is the Body & Bride of Christ and exists in two aspects, universal and local. Its mission is to witness to its Head, Jesus Christ, gather for worship, serve all men, and preach the gospel among all nations. (Eph. 1:22-23 & 5:24-30; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27; Matt. 28:19-20)

 

Christ’s Coming

We look forward to the imminent return of Christ, called the rapture. This blessed hope of Christ’s return for His Church will be followed by: the great tribulation; the second coming of Christ; the establishment of the millennial reign of Christ; the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (1 Thes. 1:10, 4:16-18 & 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Rev. 19:11-16 & 20:6)

 

Eternal State

There is an eternal state of punishment for the unsaved called Hell (Rev. 20:11-15), and an eternal state of blessing for the saved called Heaven (Rev. 21:1-8).

 

Sign Gifts Stance 

The leadership at Maplewood has more thoroughly described its stance regarding the sign gifts. Please see the link for this document.