Statement of faith
The following summarizes the "belief system" at Mill Creek Community Church:
Our foundation is Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the authority on which the faith rests and against which we test the various teachings held.
We believe in a triune God, 1) the Father, 2) Jesus Christ his Son and our Savior, and 3) the Holy Spirit who works in us to bring us to Christ and empowers us with faith and gifts with which to serve God.
We believe God created the universe out of nothing and continues to uphold it and guide its development.
Our first parents turned from God having been led astray by Satan. This left them and us estranged from God, unable to escape sin or its sad consequences, including the judgment of God.
We believe God is determined to wipe out sin and all traces of its influence and that he has reserved an eternal punishment for Satan and his followers.
Salvation Through God's Son, Jesus
God experienced deep sorrow for his lost human race and he determined to save it from his punishment. He accomplished this by sending his Son to the world as the baby Jesus to become man, to suffer innocently the punishment of God. Jesus suffered Hell while he was being crucified. In this way he stood as our substitute under the judgment of God against sin. We recognize that this plan of redemption is carried out over thousands of years in which God graciously delays his final judgment against sin, giving the human race a chance to repent, turn back to him and undo the power of evil which Satan has unleashed upon this earth through our sin.
We believe that not only did Jesus die on the cross, but on the third day afterwards he was raised back to life by the power of God. In this he conquered the power of death and evil for us, guaranteeing for us the ultimate victory over Satan, and eternal life.
We believe we may receive the gift of love in our hearts and eternal life by believing in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit
Upon believing in Jesus we also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This gift can be realized in varying degrees in different people and at different times in our lives. The Holy Spirit empowers us to serve the church and others with the love of Jesus.
We believe the church of Jesus Christ needs to be unified. We give great latitude to the diversity of churches and beliefs and understandings of the Bible. At the same time we need to recognize the basics of the Christian faith.
The mandate of Jesus must be placed in the forefront: "Go out to make disciples of the whole world..."
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus is now with his Father in heaven, praying for us, preparing to return to this world after which this age will end and God will create a new heaven and new earth on which we will live forever.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Jesus introduced two sacraments for the church to keep after he was gone:
Baptism: This is a symbol that our sin and guilt is washed away by the death of Jesus. We believe the Bible calls all Christians to be baptized. We accept sprinkling as adequate to this symbol, but will perform immersion for those requesting it.
We also believe infants and children of Christians should be baptized since they are included in God's covenant promise. Children have the opportunity to affirm their faith when they are older in a ceremony we call Profession of Faith.
The Lord's Supper or Communion symbolizes that we accept the death of Christ as the substitute for our own divine punishment and that we are members of Christ, i.e. Christians. Children old enough to understand the meaning of the Lord's Supper may also partake at the discretion of their parents.
The Apostles' Creed
Mill Creek Community Church accepts the historical faith of mainline Christianity summarized in the Apostles' Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead,
He ascended to heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.