Commitment to God’s Glory
God is supreme (Isaiah 46:9)! He is our entire focus! He alone is worthy of all praise and honor. He is the reason the church exists. We seek to lift up the greatness and glory of God in all that we do (Romans 11:33-36).
Centrality of the Gospel
There is only one gospel (Galatians 1:8) and it is central to all that we are and do. The message of the gospel is timeless and unchanging. It is the focus of our daily lives and it is the only message of hope for the world (Romans 1:16-17).
Engagement of Culture
Without changing the message of the gospel, we seek to bring its power into the culture. This requires understanding the culture(s) we live in and seeking innovative ways to communicate the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:19-22).
We believe that God’s word is the best and highest that we have to offer people. We are committed to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 3:15). For this reason, we are committed to primarily preaching expository sermons through entire books of the Bible, although we will take seasons to address the needs of the body through topical sermons. In our preaching, we believe the word of God is for our transformation, not simply our information, and as such we will strive for application and life-change (Hebrews 4:12).
The church is only really growing when people are becoming Christians. Calling people to follow Jesus is the heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). As a result, our focus is on reaching people with the good news of the gospel. We desire “conversion” growth, not “transfer” growth. We realize that God, in His sovereignty, may move other Christians to serve in MVC. We welcome these people if their hearts resonate with our vision and if they have sought to preserve the unity of the church they have come from.
Passionate & Biblical Worship
We were created to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:23). We are committed to worship that is based on sound doctrine and a high view of God. We are also committed to freedom of expression through worship as God’s Spirit engages the hearts of His people.
We were created for relationship, first for relationship with God, and then for relationship with each other (Matthew 22:36-40). We believe that every Christian is to be experiencing dynamic, intimate relationships with others in the body of Christ (Acts 2:42-47). These relationships are the arena where all of the “one-anothers” of scripture are experienced and where we are made more like Christ by learning to put others above ourselves. We are committed to fostering biblical community through small groups and a biblical understanding of the body of Christ.