Statement of Faith

What MAG Believes

 

 

 

 

 

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he was crucified by Pontias Pilate, buried, rose from the dead after three days, and that he returned to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father.

 

What we believe the Scripture says about Man

A. The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  The New Covenant as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Timothy 3:16I Thess. 2:13II Peter 1:21).

 

B. The Godhead

Our God is one, but manifested in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:6Matthew 3:16-17).

 

C. Man, His Fall and Redemption

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's Transgression and fall, sin came into the world.  "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."  "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one."  

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and give His life and His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:12Romans 3:23Romans 3:9-10I john 3:8Galatians 3:13, 14).  

Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from work and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8).

 

D. Eternal Life and New Birth

The new birth is necessary to all men, and when received produces eternal life and salvation (II Cor. 7:10I John 5:12John 3:3-5).

 

E. Water Baptism

Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only.  The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28: 19Romans 6:4Colossians 2:12Acts 8:36-39).

 

F. Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus to those who are believers and is received subsequent to the new birth.  This experience is accompanied by the evidence of the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Mat. 3:11John 14:16-17Acts 2:38-39Acts 19:1-7Acts 2:4).

 

G. Sanctification

The Bible teaches that without Holiness no man can see the Lord.  We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 12:14I Thess. 5:23II Peter 3:18Phillipians 3:12-14I Cor. 1:30).

 

H. Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical and soulical of the human being and is wrought by the power and grace of God.  It is provided for the atonement of Christ, and it is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:18James 5:14-20I Peter 2:24Matt. 8:17Isaiah 53: 4-5).

 

I. Resurrection of the Dead and the Return of the Lord

We believe in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead.

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