WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHAT WE BELIEVE

About 2000 years ago a man known as Jesus of Nazareth walked this earth. He was God in flesh and blood, and his primary message was love. Despite being innocent of any sin or wrongdoing, Jesus was arrested and crucified. After three days, he rose from the dead and defeated forever the power of sin and death. When he left the earth to return to his heavenly Father, he promised to send his Spirit with power to be a constant companion and a guide to truth. He also promised to return one day to reward those who faithfully follow him.

Jesus left his followers with a mission: to share the good news of his kingdom with everyone everywhere. Empowered by his Spirit, Jesus’ followers began to teach others this good news and to live out Jesus’ radical teachings of love for everyone. The good news of Jesus continues to touch the hearts and lives of people all over the world. Today, his movement has more followers in more places than ever before. His offer: a full and abundant life that starts now and never ends to all who believe in and follow him.

We believe that the Bible is God’s love letter to all people and a true guide to a full and abundant life. We believe that Jesus was God in flesh and that he offers eternal life to all who believe in him. We believe that his Spirit lives in those who believe in him and is a constant guide and companion in life. We believe that every single one of us is called to play a part in furthering Jesus’ mission on earth.

To further God’s mission on earth, we aspire to be people who love God and love others, authentically and wholeheartedly. We aspire to be holy and whole, fully devoted and fully developed followers of Jesus. We aspire to be fully alive in Jesus and to inspire everyone everywhere to pursue a full and abundant life in him.

At Maple City Chapel we are pretty ordinary folks, but we are proud to be a part of this movement that started more than 2,000 years ago. We invite you to join us on this journey of deepening faith and purposeful living.

GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make humankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily and demonstrate the fruit of a spirit-filled life.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8;1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 5:18

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

HUMAN BEINGS

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

SALVATION

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5;

ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever with their Creator God. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9

BAPTISM

We practice believer’s baptism which means that a person should be baptized when they make a personal decision to follow Christ. We practice baptism by pouring or immersion.

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism, you were also raised with Christ…” Col. 2:12 (GN)

TITHING

At Maple City Chapel we encourage tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.

“A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Lev. 27:30

MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY

We believe that God wonderfully and intentionally creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Therefore, we believe that the rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We also believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (Gen 2:18-25, 1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) Therefore, any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe that every person is worthy of compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity and all persons are welcomed at Maple City Chapel (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of our church. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)