The doctrinal statement of the American Baptist Association can be found here.

Below is a summary of our beliefs at MBC.


 

LOVE is the greatest commandment upon which all others are based

Matthew 22:35–40

 


THE BIBLE is infallible and verbally inspired by God. 

Psalm 119:160, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 


GOD is the personal, triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection. Matthew 28:19

 


SATAN is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man,
the unholy god of this world
and his destiny is the lake of fire. 

Isaiah 14:12–15, Revelation 20:11-15

 


JESUS was virgin born and sinless and deity. His sufferings and death were substitutionary for all mankind but only applied to those who believe. He died, was buried and arose bodily on the third day and 40 days later ascended to the Father. 

Matthew 1:18–20John 1:1-14, 1 Peter 2:24, Acts 1:9-11

 


THE HOLY SPIRIT is the administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches.
The sign gifts ended when the Bible was completed.
The Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, indwells and fills every believer.
 

Luke 24:491 Corinthians 12–14John 3:6Romans 8:9–11



MAN was created in God’s image, fell by transgression, the result being that all are sinners. Genesis 1:26Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, 19

 


THE SECOND COMING will be premillennial, personal and bodily. This includes the resurrection of the righteous, the millennial reign and the resurrection of the unrighteous into eternal punishment in the lake of fire. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, Revelation 20 & 21


 

SALVATION is wholly by grace through faith.
Requirements are repentance toward God and faith toward Christ. 

Acts 20:21, Ephesians 2:8–10

 


THE CHURCH began in Christ’s earthly ministry and is a local, visible assembly of baptized believers. Each church is independent and self governing
and Christ promised perpetuity to His churches. 

Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:18–20, John 1:35–51


 

THE OFFICES are pastors and deacons to be filled by qualified men. 

1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9



THE ORDINANCES are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 

Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 5:11–13, 1 Corinthians 11:1–26



ASSOCIATIONS are servants of and under the control of the churches.  

Matthew 20:25–28



MARRIAGE is the union between a man and a woman. 

Genesis 2:21-24, Matthew 19:4-6, I Corinthians 7:2-4