Discipleship: At the heart of everything we do
therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching
them to observe all that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In view of this command from the Lord Jesus, disciple-making
lies at the heart of everything we do. The divinely ordained arena for this is the local Church. To be effective disciple-makers, involves
a two-fold responsibility. First, we must employ the means God has provided. Secondly, we must understand the
attitudes and world-views which prevail in the culture to which God has sent us.
Bible Church, we focus on the following:
1. The Gospel: Proclaiming the Gospel in an
age of pluralism
Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way of eternal salvation. He said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.” This message confronts the
pluralistic attitude of our society which declares that all religious beliefs are equally valid. At MBC we believe that only
the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to every one who believes. We seek to both proclaim the gospel in our community
and train each disciple to effectively communicate it to those with whom they have contact.
Teaching: Teaching scripture in an age of relativism
Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them
in the truth; Thy Word is truth.” God’s revelation to humanity, His instruction for what we should believe and
how we should live, is found in the 66 books of the Bible. Though our culture promotes relativism–the idea that there
is no absolute truth, the Bible declares itself to be truth from God. The disciple of Christ must not only understand the
teachings of the Bible, but obey them as well. At MBC, we emphasize the proclamation, teaching, and application of God’s
Word. The Scripture is our sole authority for life, and cannot be overruled by such things as religious tradition or personal
3. Worship: Worship of God in an age of materialism
To worship God is to love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is God’s foremost command for
his people. The Bible warns believers not to put anything “before the Lord God.” We cannot, as Jesus taught,
“serve two masters.” Jesus said that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.
In an age of materialism, wealth and possessions can easily become modern day idols competing for the devotion of our hearts.
At MBC, we encourage people to serve God with single-hearted devotion - seeking first His kingdom and righteousness. We view
all aspects of life as a stewardship for which each of us will give an account to God.
Fellowship: Fellowship of believers in an age of individualism
It is God’s design
for every Christian to be an active and accountable part of a local assembly of believers, willingly serving others. This
results in the mutual encouragement and support of all the believers in their walk with Jesus Christ. In contrast, our society
promotes individualism; the attitude which seeks to please self, elevates personal fulfillment, and avoids costly involvement
with others. At MBC, we challenge believers to fulfill God’s design by meaningfully and sacrificially relating to others
in the church. Merely attending the worship services will not accomplish this; other opportunities for both fellowship and
service must be pursued.
5. Leadership: godly leadership in an age of anti-authoritarianism
Like every institution ordained by God, the Church of Jesus Christ has a structure of authority. God’s
design for leadership in the local church consists of a group of godly leaders who are called elders. At MBC, we follow
this pattern, with elders overseeing and guiding the life of the assembly. We cannot accept the attitude which rejects
authority. The faithful disciple of Christ desires the accountability and security which comes from willing submission
to those God has placed as leaders in His church.
Five key components for effective Church ministry
1. Multiple godly leadership
2. Managable shepherding units
3. Meaningfully related membership
4. Members strategically placed
5. Mobilized ministry teams
Seven essential emphases to effective Church ministry
1. Emphasis on qualified spiritual leadership: 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; Hebrews 13:17.
2. Emphasis on maintaining unity: Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:14-15; John 17:21
Emphasis on humility in service: Luke 17:10; Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:3-5
4. Emphasis on every
member ministry: Ephesians 4:16; Hebrews 3:12-13
5. Emphasis on grace on debatable matters:
6. Emphasis on loving God by serving others: Hebrews 6:10;10:23-25
7. Emphasis on evangelism, discipleship and salt/light influence: Rom.1:16; Matt. 5:13-16;28:19-20