Beliefs

THE MISSION OF MERCY CHURCH IS TO MAKE DISCIPLES WHO LOVE GOD, LOVE EACH OTHER, AND LOVE OUR WORLD.

 

THE GOSPEL IS THE HOPE FOR BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS

(John 15.9; Ephesians 2.1-10; Romans 6.23; John 3.16-17)

The entire Bible tells one story; the story of God and his relationship to mankind. At the epicenter of that story is the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel is above all else the good news, the report about the work of Christ on our behalf – salvation accomplished for us. The gospel is the only hope for unbelievers to find salvation, the the centerpiece for believers to focus their lives around.

Therefore, we center all ministries of Mercy Church on the gospel.

THE GOSPEL CREATES A NEW COMMUNITY

(1 Peter 2.9-10; Hebrews 10.19-25; Acts 2.42-46)

The gospel creates a new people that bind themselves to one another, encouraging one another in their identity in Christ and spurring one another to love and good deeds (1 Peter 2.9-10; Hebrews 10.19-25; Acts 2.42-47). We will gather together weekly to worship God publicly where we will preach and respond to the gospel in a way that is accessible to believers and unbelievers alike (1 Corinthians 14.24). We will rehearse and live the gospel intentionally together in smaller groups. As believers, we will covenant together as members to practice church life under the authority of Christ and leadership of our elders. Because we believe many will belong to us in some ways before they believe, we will be intentionally inclusive of non-Christians into the web of relationships forming in our church.

THE GOSPEL SENDS

(Romans 10.14-15; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1.8)

God has chosen the church as his plan A for the world to hear the gospel. When the gospel saves us, the gospel sends us. Jesus told his disciples, “As the father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). We believe God is sending Mercy Church to Charlotte, NC. Therefore, we will strive to be a sent community living as fishers of men (Luke 5:10-11) by taking the gospel to our workplace, our neighborhoods, and to the whole city.

We believe that the church is God’s plan A to bring salvation to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). As a result, Mercy Church will support missions, send missionaries, and plant churches for the glory of God.

THE GOSPEL RECONCILES

(Galatians 3.28; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 1 Peter 2.9-10)

We are in a unique moment in our nation’s history. The façade of racial reconciliation is beginning to wipe away and we are left again with the only true hope. Galatians 3:28 says that as Christians we are one in Christ. Mercy Church will seek to live and hold high the reconciling power of the gospel through active unity among the cultures represented in Charlotte. We believe the gospel carries the only true power for cultural reconciliation and, by God’s grace, Mercy Church will intentionally and actively seek to welcome people of all cultural backgrounds into the body of Christ.

The above is a summary of our core beliefs. For a fuller explanation of our beliefs, please see the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 and the Gospel Coalition Statement of Faith.

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