OUR BELIEFS

We embrace the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as our statement of faith.


guiding principles

Building God’s Kingdom, not our own
Daniel 4
As Christians, our first loyalty is not to a specific church, style, program or person. Our loyalty is to Christ and His enduring kingdom. The church is God’s chosen vehicle to accomplish His kingdom’s purpose. This means we will fellowship and partner with other churches who proclaim the Gospel of grace and honor the authority of Scripture.
 
Seeking the Holy Spirit’s leading and power
I Chronicles 16:11, Romans 8:26
The Holy Spirit is central to our ministry. Only God can make a church grow and He does so through the Spirit’s power. We place a high priority on seeking His presence and direction through prayer. Only when we faithfully kneel in prayer – both privately and corporately – will great things happen for the kingdom.
 
Incorporating evangelism into every ministry
Luke 19:10
As Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, He commissioned His church to do the same. That means evangelism must be a part of every ministry, not a stand-alone entity. Regardless of whether we are meeting spiritual, physical or emotional needs, the Gospel will be the center of our efforts.
 
Equipping Christ’s followers to do the work of the ministry
Ephesians 4:12
The Bible teaches that every Christian is a minister. We are committed to unleashing God's people to do great works of service together, putting their spiritual gifts into action. The leadership and staff are equippers and church members are ministers. This means we will only build ministry activities when there are willing people with proper gifts who are ready to serve.
 
Cultivating small groups to build community
Hebrews 10:24-25, John 13:34-35, James 5:16, Galatians 6:2
We are commanded to love one another, pray for one another and bear one another's burdens. These dynamic relational activities occur in groups. Small group communities will be established within the geographical areas represented in our church.
 
Engaging our culture in a relevant style
I Corinthians 9:22
America is a mission field. This means we need to live, act and think like a people living on mission. The Apostle Paul adapted his style (but not his doctrines or moral convictions) to reach the people of his culture, and we are called to do the same. Without chasing fads, we will create an environment where people are at ease so they can hear and receive the message of the Gospel.
 
Growing in numbers, love and maturity
Matthew 28:19-20, II Timothy 4:7-8
We have a passion to see more people come to know and grow in Christ. As a result, we will strive to launch new expressions of Manna Fellowship in other communities. We desire to be a church that lives and ministers with a healthy dissatisfaction with the present. This means we will take joy in what God is doing today, but live expectantly for what He will do tomorrow. We aren’t out to create a perfect church, nor do we desire to pretend we are perfect Christians. We believe in laughing at ourselves, apologizing for our wrongs, admitting our humanness, and never giving up. Our prayer is that every year our church grows in quality and quantity.