1. Holy Scriptures
We are devoted to the Holy Scriptures. (Acts 2:42) We believe the Scriptures are the inspired words of God, true, and authoritative in faith and life. We are committed to the Bible and its teaching in order to reform and transform our minds. Our worship, doctrine, community, and mission will be founded and directed by God’s Word.
2. The Gospel
The Mountain Church is founded and sustained on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is received and communicated, but also is that by which we stand (1 Cor. 15:1-4). The Mountain Church believes that this gospel is not only a truth that saves (once received and believed), but the very power of God to transform. The gospel affects and shapes everything we do as a local community of faith. Therefore, we aim to make Jesus the functional Savior and Lord of our lives. We explore the depths of the gospel of God and examine its comprehensive claim and implication on our lives. We incorporate the gospel into our mission, strategy, decisions, and practice. So the gospel is “central,” because it is not merely a message mainly to be shared with the lost to bring faith and repentance, but it is a power that affects every area of thought and practice when its implications are felt and thought out.
We are dedicated to meeting together, breaking bread together, and encouraging one another as we grow as disciples of Jesus. (Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 2:42) We fellowship with one another regularly, pray for one another devotedly, and serve one another selflessly. We prompt one another to love and good deeds. (Rom. 12:9-10) We seek to maintain unity and bless one another with our spiritual gifts. (1 Peter 4:10)
We seek be transparent, honest, and intimate with one another, and strive to honor God by being in honest and genuine community. We share one another’s joys and bear one another’s burdens (Rom. 12:15; Gal. 6:2). We confess sin to one another and gently correct and receive correction from each other according to the New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration (James 5:16; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; Gal. 6:1).
Just as Jesus joyfully went to the cross to give himself up for us, we strive to be a people marked by joyful generosity. Together we cheerfully, generously, and consistently give our time, gifts, abilities, and treasures to God through the work of The Mountain Church. We aim to care for the physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors who are poor and needy. (2 Cor. 8:1-15, 9:6-15; Acts 20:35; 1 Peter 4:10; Luke 12:34; Heb. 12:2)
We believe the gospel is good news for all peoples. We are powered by God’s love for us in the gospel to share that gospel with all people at all times everywhere. We cherish our role as a witness to God in a watching world. We therefore encourage, challenge, and equip one another to proclaim and display the gospel in our daily living in an effort to make disciples for God’s glory and our joy. (Acts 1:8; Matt. 5:16, 24:24, 28:18-20; 1 Chron. 16:24; Rev. 14:6)
The Mountain Church seeks to grow in the city for the city. We desire to renew our city through a movement of the gospel that brings about new life under the reign and lordship of Jesus Christ. This kingdom of God changes lives, transforms community, brings social justice, and redeems culture. We value Christian engagement and involvement in our neighborhoods and communities as well as the arts, business, government, and academics. We love our city and seek its flourishing in response to God’s call to seek it’s peace and prosperity. We strive to make it a good place for all to live as we serve the poor and oppressed, do justice, create and cultivate culture, and hold out Jesus as the ultimate satisfaction. (Jer. 29:4-7; Isa. 1:17; Zech. 7:9-10; Prov. 31:9; Micah 6:8)