MEADOWBROOK CHURCH

WHAT WE BELIEVE


Our Approach to Beliefs

In essentials, we have unity   “There is one body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and God and Father of all.” Ephesians 4:4-6.


In non-essentials we have diversity  “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” Romans 14:1.


In all things, we show love.  “If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2.


Our Essential Beliefs at Meadowbrook

ABOUT GOD   

God is the creator and ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.


Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22, Psalm 90:0, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.


2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13


ABOUT THE BIBLE

There are many different translations of the Bible and we use a number of different translations in our services.  Why?  First, the different translations are all based on the same ancient manuscripts.  However, the translations are varied in an attempt to  communicate God’s word in today’s language to bring transformation to  the  reader’s  heart.  Our church will use the New International Version most of the time.  When other translations are used it will be written in the bulletin or shown on the screens.   The primary focus is to communicate God’s word in the simplest most effective way possible.


2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

 
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes problems in life.


Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1-2


ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his/her life by faith. 


Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1


ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. The grace and power of God maintains salvation, not the self-effort of the Christian. Grace and the keeping power of God gives us this security. 


 John 6:37-40, 10:29-30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10 & 14


ABOUT ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be  eternally  separated  from  God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. 


 John 3:16; John 14:7; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9


Our Lifestyle Statement (What We Practice)

Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices.


1. BIBLE AS OUR SOLE AUTHORITY

Since God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for  living.  Our  first  question  when faced with a decision is "What does the Bible say?" We practice daily  Bible  reading,  Bible  study,  and  Bible memorization. The  Bible  is  the  basis  for all we believe.


"The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right."    2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)


2. AUTONOMY OF EACH LOCAL CHURCH

Christ is the recognized head of our church; no one person, group, or religious organization is leading, only Christ.   While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. Therefore, we have chosen to participate with Waco Regional Baptist Network, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baptist General Convention of Texas and Baptist World Alliance.


"Christ is the head of His Body, the church. He is the source of the Body's life…"  Colossians 1:18 (Good News)


3. PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to "full-time" Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access  to God through prayer and Bible reading.


"Christ loved us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God... " Revelation 1:6


"You are the King's priests God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God." 1 Peter 2:9 (Good News)


4. TITHING

At Meadowbrook we practice tithing for the support of Christ's  Body,  the  church,  as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.


"A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord." Leviticus 26:30 (NIV)


5.  BAPTISM BY IMMERSION

We practice baptism by immersion under water – the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.


"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ... " Colossians 2:12 (Good News)


6.  SPIRIT-LED LIVING

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right.  (Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 5:18)


Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing."   John 15:5 (NIV)


7.  TELLING OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST

We believe the responsibility of every Christian is to share the Good News with those with whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.


"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)