MBC Statement of Faith

In December 2016, we approved our new statement of faith. The MBC Confession of Faith is largely based on the 1833 New Hampshire Confession and to some degree the 1689 London Baptist Confession. We believe these most adequately describe who we are and what we teach. 

  • 1. Of the Scriptures

    We believe that the Holy Bible was breathed out, that is, inspired by God, written by men, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction. It has God for its author, His glory for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

  • 2. Of the True God

    We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

  • 3. Of the Fall of Man

    We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker. But, by voluntary transgression, fell from that holy and happy state. The consequence of which is that all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil. Therefore, mankind is under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

  • 4. Of the Way of Salvation

    We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediating offices of the Son of God. Jesus Christ, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins. We believe that He was raised from the dead and He is now enthroned in heaven, seated next to the Father, and, uniting in His wonderful person the tender sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

  • 5. Of Justification

    We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through God-given faith in Jesus Christ, his person and work; by virtue of which faith, his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

  • 6. Of the Freeness of Salvation

    We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a sincere, repentant, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in further condemnation.

  • 7. Of Grace in Regeneration

    We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in God giving the sinner a holy inclination to the mind; that it is effected in a manner beyond our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with Biblical truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.

  • 8. Of Repentance and Faith

    We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with genuine brokenness, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all- sufficient Savior.

  • 9. Of God's Purpose of Grace

    We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be known by the evidence of Christian perseverance in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance.

  • 10. Of Sanctification

    We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means—especially the Word of God, self- examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

  • 11. Of the Perseverance of the Saints

    We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

  • 12. Of a Gospel Church

    We believe that a visible local Church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his Word, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders (or Pastors), and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus as well as Acts and 1 Peter.

  • 13. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper

    We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show, in a solemn and beautiful symbol, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is the public allegiance pledged to Christ and His visible bride and, therefore, united with local church membership. It is thus also prerequisite to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of the bread and cup, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

  • 14. Of Civil Government

    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

  • 15. Of the Righteous and the Wicked

    We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

  • 16. Of the World to Come

    We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.