At Mountain View Community Church we hold to the 10 beliefs of the EFCA (Evangelical Free Church in America), plus other doctrines as they are studied and published by the elders of the church.
Statement of Faith
Adopted by the Conference on June 26, 2008
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Additional Beliefs of Mountain View
In order to learn more about other beliefs and practices at MVCC, please see our Position Papers in the sidebar.
Mobilized followers of Christ
We build and equip fully devoted followers to know God intimately and to serve God as lay ministers, multiplying themselves in the ministry.
We are driven by a passion to seek and reach those who don’t know Christ in our community, our country, and throughout the world.
Upper room mindset
We are a praying church and bathe our ministries and people in prayer.
We teach God’s Word as inerrant and inspired, and proclaim the whole counsel of God in its truth, yet in love.
We believe that training is the key to keeping our leaders on the “cutting edge.” We will not start a new ministry without a trained leader to lead it.
Administrate on purpose
We are committed to a purpose driven, not program driven ministry, and are organized and structured around our purposes.
Interesting, relevant messages
We teach God’s Word in a way that connects with people and applies the Scriptures to people’s daily lives.
We’re here to love people and help them with their life needs by individually sharing the love of Christ, and providing small groups and watch-care servants to minister to their needs.
Visionary focus: Seeing the unseen
We will not settle for the “status quo.” We live by the motto: “Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”
Informal worship style
While we incorporate many of the great traditions of the church into our worship, our basic style of worship is informal with casual dress encouraged.
Evaluation and Excellence
We evaluate everything by Scripture and our Mission Statement, and strive for excellence in every ministry.
Worship that is primarily contemporary, drawing from both ancient and modern music
We seek to praise God in a celebrative and reflective manner, combining contemporary Christian music with the great hymns and songs of the past.