What We Believe:
The following statements represent the central beliefs of Christianity. These are the things that all true Christians, throughout history, all around the world have held in common. Therefore, the explicit rejection of any one of these particular beliefs disqualifies one from Membership in Maple Grove Church.
The Bible is the fully inspired Word of God. It is without error, and is the supreme and final authority for all matters of life and belief.
Matthew 5:18 – For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
2 Peter 1:20-21 – No prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
There is only one true and living God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are equal in every divine perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices in all the work of the Godhead.
Deuteronomy 6:4 – Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Man was created by God in His own image, but through his sin incurred physical and spiritual death. As a result, all humanity (Christ excluded) are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners by choice, and therefore under condemnation and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Romans 3:22-23 – There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:12-21 – Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…many died through one man's trespass…For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation…because of one man's trespass, death reigned…one trespass led to condemnation for all men…by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners
Ephesians 2:1-3 – And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human.
Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy - the Son of God.”
John 1:1-2 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
Colossians 1:15-20 – He is the image of the invisible God…For by him all things were created…all things were created through him and for him… and in him all things hold together…that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
Hebrews 1:1-3 – In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
The Gospel – the good news of God’s saving actions towards sinners through Jesus Christ. Namely, that He took on human nature, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for sinners, and physically rose from the dead.
Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit
Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who repent, forsake sin, and trust in Jesus Christ and His death on their behalf, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures. They are delivered from condemnation, receiving forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 3:23-24 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven, where He perpetually makes intercession for His people, and will one day physically and visibly return to earth to establish His kingdom.
Acts 1:9-11 – And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Hebrews 7:25 – Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
1 John 2:1-2 – My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
In the future bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost: Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal joy, living and reigning with Christ. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to endless punishment.
Matthew 25:31-46 – When the Son of Man comes in his glory…he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels...And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
John 5:28-29 – Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Acts 24:15 – Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.