The One and living God eternally existent in three persons in unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scripture.
The inherent corruptness on man through the fall; the necessity of repentance and regeneration by grace and through faith alone, and the eternal separation from God of the finally impenitent.
The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ, His second coming, and millennial reign upon the earth.
Justification and sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.
The sacraments of baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper.
The security of the believer as he/she abides in Christ.
The baptism with the Holy Spirit for believers, with signs following.
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the Body of Christ.
Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.
The privilege and responsibility of bringing tithes and offerings to the Lord.
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Purpose Statement – Why Do We Exist?
The primary reason the church here at Meadowbrook exist is the same reason we as individuals exist – to bring glory and honour to God.
That purpose is fulfilled through four basic functions:
Evangelism – reaching the world around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Discipleship – teaching individual believers to become less self-centred and more like Christ – to become imitators of Christ.
Fellowship – building relationships within the local church body and creating unity and love for each other with the goal in mind to fulfill Jesus’ great commission to make disciples of all people, teaching them to observe all things God has commanded.
Worship / Praise – Acknowledging God for who He is and what He has done. We worship through song, testimonies, obedience and proclamation of His word.
If a local church does not have a balanced focus on fellowship with believers and obedience to Christ, it will not be an effective local body. A church can grow in numbers without ever becoming effective in God’s plan. Success is not measured by numbers but by disciples. A disciple of Christ is someone who is ever learning and always applying the word of God by active obedience.
A church that only focuses on fellowship will slowly transform into a social club and the gospel will be watered down as to not offend. The Bible forewarns that the gospel is an offense to those who resist God (Romans 9:33, 1 Peter 2:8).
From the other perspective, if a local body focuses on obedience without fellowship, focus will begin to shift to rules and regulations. We were created to have fellowship with God and out of that fellowship God produces a love for each other. We are commanded to preach the word without offense even though we know it will offend those who don’t want to be reminded of their position with God outside of Christ.
The two greatest commands in scripture is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and to love your neighbour as
2 MCC Vision Statement yourself. Jesus stated that all the law is based and fulfilled through these two commands. Therefore, we must make this the foundation of our focus here at MCC. If we don’t obey because we love God, it is meaningless (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
Based on these scriptures, our purpose statement is:
The purpose of Meadowbrook Christian Church is to reach the world around us, equip believers and become a family of believers providing acceptance and belonging by loving one another through the love and glory of God.
Mission Statement – What Is Our Primary Mission?
Just as our purpose should answer the question, ‘why are we here?’ our mission statement intends to provide answers as to how we fulfill our purpose?
Our mission is to provide believers with significance, value and belonging.
An individual’s life can only find significance in the centre of God’s will for their life. Everything in this world is temporary and will one day pass away (1 John 2:17). People who invest their lives in a passing world are living contrary to God and therefore can never find significance (1 John 2:15). The Bible reveals that we were created by God for a purpose and that God has planned our days long before we took our first breath (Romans 8:28-31, Psalm 139:15-18). Significance is found by walking in the plan that God designed for each individual. We aim to help others find significance by building a relationship with God and finding joy in surrendering to His plan.
Value is the benefits we see from living a life in fellowship with God. The world’s measure of value is, ‘he who dies with the most toys wins’. The world system is at war with God (James 4:4) and when we are born into God’s kingdom, we find true value and now live for the eternal rather than the temporary passing life we now live on earth. We find value by first laying down our life and following Christ – for whoever seeks to save his life in this world will lose it but whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ will find it (Luke 9:23-24). The value of living for eternity begins by faith – by faith, we believe the promises of God and are therefore willing to lay down what is worthless to gain what is priceless.
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At Meadowbrook Christian Church, we seek to show the value of a Christian’s walk that has worth now and also possesses eternal worth. Fulfillment begins now but rewards are the promises we hope for in the future. The Bible tells us that our labour and the benefits are a gift from God (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19) but the life focused on labour and pleasure is vanity – grasping for the wind (Ecclesiastes 2:1, 11, Isaiah 55:2). We still work in this life, but we receive all things as a gift from God. When God is our focus, all good things can be enjoyed; however, when gifts become the focus, life falls out of balance and labour becomes a vain attempt to find satisfaction outside of God’s plan.
It is true that our hope is on the promise that “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”, but it is also true that fulfillment is found in this life as well. In the path of life there is fullness of joy, and God’s river of pleasures (Psalm 16:11, Psalm 36:8).
We seek to show the value of God’s plan both now and the eternal. We do not live for pleasures but we must know that God takes joy in blessing the lives of those who are willing to lay down everything for Him. Those who focus on pleasure will grasp the wind but those who lay down their lives in obedience will find pleasure, satisfaction and hope for eternity.
C. Partnering/Membership is All A Part of Belonging!
Belonging is a vital part of a healthy church. Each individual has been created with a need for belonging. By God’s design were need to have close fellowship with other believers. God commanded that we must not forsake assembling together (Hebrews 10:25). God did not create lone-Christians nor did God create any Christian to be complete.
We have all been created as vital individual members of the body of believers (Romans 12:1).
A critical part of spiritual maturity is recognising that you as an individual are placed within a body of believers to fulfill your personal ministry and the purpose of the local body; equally vital is our need to recognise that every member serves an indispensable purpose.
While we look at status as the worth of ministry, God measures our work based on His purpose and all needs are equally important (1 Corinthians 12:18-25).
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One of the ways we fulfill the mission of the church is to provide belonging to each member and create unity – yet without compromise of the truth of scripture. Jesus made it clear that the world would know we were His disciples because of our love for one another (John 13:35). The scripture makes it clear that we cannot say we love God if we are not expressing our love for each believer in the body (1 John 4:20). Love must be active – it cannot be passive.
To say we have love within the fellowship we must provide belonging to each member.
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