What We Believe
"We exist to make Christ known as we passionately love Him together."
We join with the apostle Paul in believing that THE GOSPEL is a matter of first importance for our daily lives (1 Cor 15:1-4). The Gospel is not simply the message we believe "by which we are saved", but it is also the reality "in which we stand" in our daily Christian lives. Being centered on the Gospel means living each day in the good of the cross of Jesus Christ, never moving away from its far-reaching implications...
- The Gospel fuels true humility, because we are reminded of our sin and helplessness apart from Jesus Christ, and how He willingly suffered in our place to pay the penalty we deserved.
- The Gospel fuels fresh faith for today and tomorrow. As we are daily reminded of God's willing sacrifice of His own Son for us, then we are reminded of His promise to freely give us all things (Rom 8:32) and His commitment to work for our good in all things (Rom 8:28).
- The Gospel fuels genuine worship because we are reminded of God's rich mercy and the undeserved favor He lavished on us. What a great love He has for us, and what a love welling up within us for Him in response!
- The Gospel fuels genuine holiness because we are reminded of the great price of our sin, and our striving for obedience is not an attempt to earn His love or favor, but rather a reflection of our love for Him.
- The Gospel fuels true mission because we are reminded of the wonder of what He did for us and we want to hold out the hope of the gospel to others.
Within our commitment to the foundational truths of historical, orthodox Christianity, we at MVC have certain Biblical Distinctives that may set us apart from other churches. These distinctives, or doctrines, may set us apart in teaching, although hopefully not in spirit, from some of our other brothers and sisters in the Universal Body of Christ. Click here to find out more about our Biblical Distinctives.
Find out more about what we believe when it comes to Church Government, Leadership Accountability, and Leadership Development. Click here to read about our Leadership Distinctives.
Find out more about the distinctives that define ministry here at MVC. Click here to read about our Ministry Distinctives.
Are You a New Christian?
Biblical Foundations is designed to be a one-on-one Bible study intended to deepen your love for Jesus Christ by helping ground you in foundational concepts of the Christian faith. It is simply amazing to stop and realize that God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. The Word of God is indeed a wonderful treasure, and as a disciple (follower) of Jesus, you will be growing in your love for Him for the rest of your life as you dive into this treasure. Click here to find out more about Biblical Foundations.
Mountain View Community Church does not have formalized membership. We do, however, believe the Bible speaks clearly and directly about what it means to be a member of the body of Christ. We cover these ideas in depth through our MVC Connect and Biblical Distinctives gatherings. By God’s design, every one who is a part of the universal church is called to live in the context of a local expression of the church. This means each one of us is to have a vital and dynamic connection to a local church where we know and are known, where we are using our gifts to serve the church and build it up on strength, and where we are living in community and living on mission for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples of Jesus.
For the purposes of defining those who are members of Mountain View, the commitment of membership is expressed through:
- Regular attendance and participation in the corporate worship gathering
- Involvement in an intimate shepherding community (LifeGroups)
- Actively serving in the church
- Having completed the Biblical Distinctives class and are in agreement with MVC’s doctrinal statements.
We believe one of the greatest ways to make Christ known is to be very purposeful about the planting and multiplying of healthy, reproducing churches all over the world to the glory of God. This is the biblical blueprint established in the scriptures to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to see the church of Christ grow throughout the world. The only way that the church of Christ is ultimately growing is not when people are transferring from church to church, but when lives are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son. We believe that church planting is one of the best ways to see this happen! Click here to find out more about Church Planting at MVC.