Our vision at McDonough Christian Church is simple. We exist to develop devoted followers of Jesus Christ who love, imitate, and duplicate Him in their surrendered lives. The Bible calls people who surrender their lives to Christ and wholeheartedly follow Him “disciples”. Being a disciple won’t make you rich, healthy, or free from struggle, but it does bring meaning and hope in the midst of isolation or pain. Following Jesus is a costly endeavor because it requires a shift in pursuit, but brings with it a life-giving assurance that nothing else offers. That is why we believe being a disciple of Jesus is the most important thing that anyone can do.
Our ministries are designed to REACH out and draw people closer to Christ that they may surrender their lives and enter into relationships where they continually LOVE, IMITATE, and DUPLICATE Him. We believe this best happens when people experience a relational environment of community, just as Jesus did with His own disciples.
Our Relational Environment | community groups
We know there are people who feel they need community but don’t have one in which they belong. McDonough Christian Church was born out of the pursuit to fulfill “The Great Commandment” and “The Great Commission”. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind” [Matthew 22:37], “Love your neighbor as yourself” [Matthew 22:39], and “Go and make disciples of all nations” [Matthew 28:19]. We are a gathering of forgiven individuals learning to live out the gospel in our lives while calling others to do the same. Therefore, we desire that everyone who is a part of our church be involved in a community group where they can grow to become a disciple of Christ and encourage others to do the same.
Our Statement of Faith | what we believe
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 equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is 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.
Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 4:14-15; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11;1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God (Jesus Christ). He is present to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He convicts man of his sin through the preached Word. He lives in every Christian, providing them with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved.
John 14:16-17; John 16:7b – 13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Every person has tremendous potential for good, but through man’s choice all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God.
Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23
Salvation is God’s free gift to us that we must accept. We are saved by grace (God’s part) through faith (our part). Our faith response is repentance (a turning from our self-ruled life to a Jesus-ruled life), confession (that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the Living God), and baptism (immersion) as the scriptures command. We teach that salvation is by grace and accepted as a free gift from God. This grace is accepted through faith and reflected in our submission and obedience to God’s Word and His will for our life.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Romans 6:4-6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21-22
The New Testament teaches that when a person puts his faith in Jesus, that process is culminated by immersion in water. God intended baptism to be part of how a person puts his faith in Jesus.
We aren’t making a theological argument about the exact moment that a person is saved. Instead, we teach that after the resurrection of Jesus, there is no concept in the New Testament of an unbaptized believer. Belief, repentance, confession and baptism are all expressions of faith indicated by Scripture as one surrenders to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Romans 5:1-2, Luke 24:45-47, Acts 3:19, 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 10:32, Romans 10:9, Philippians 2:11, 1 John 4:15, Romans 6:1-7, Galatians 3:27, and Colossians 2:12.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word. 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. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any error. We maintain that the Bible alone is sufficient for our rule of faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
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