God is a sending God. Throughout His story we see Him sending His people into His mission over and over. The ultimate picture of that is the sending of Jesus who fully accomplished the mission He was sent to fulfill. Part of that mission was for Jesus to gather and send His disciples to join this redemptive movement of being sent out by God. We find our identity and purpose in His mission by living that out with others. Our desire is to join this movement by living on mission wherever God sends us.
We believe that it was inspired by God in such a way that whatever the Bible says, God says. Therefore, it is completely without error in everything it teaches. It is our supreme authority in faith and life, as it carries the authority of God Himself. It is sufficient for everything we need for life and service for God, and it is clear in everything we need to believe and do.
Psalm 12:6 18:30, 19:7-11, 119:1-176, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 4:4, Luke 24:25-27, 44-47, John 10:35, 14:26, 16:12-15, 17:17, Romans 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe that there is one and only one God. We believe that He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His Being and in His glory, majesty, power, authority, wisdom, knowledge, holiness, justice, mercy, grace, love, and all other perfections. To Him, and to Him alone, belongs the highest worship, allegiance, obedience, trust, and love of every created being in the universe.
Exodus 3:1-15, Deuteronomy 4:35, 5:6-11, 6:4-9, Psalm 23, 29, 90,100, 103, 139, 145, Isaiah 6:1-8, 40:12-31, Daniel 4:1-37, Luke 1:46-55, Romans 11:33-36, 1 John 1:5-10, 4:7-21, Revelation 7:9-12, 15:1-4
We believe that these three Persons of the Trinity are distinct in Personhood but one in substance and nature, being one and only one God.
Deuteronomy 4:35, 6:4-5, Matthew 28:18-20, John 1:1-14, 10:30, 14:15-18, 25-26, 15:26-27, 16:7-15, 20:28-29, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 2:9, 1 Peter 1:2
We believe that God knows all things perfectly and with certainty, including all future events. In His wisdom, righteousness and goodness, He is in complete control of everything that happens. We believe that God is sovereign over all things, yet not in such a way as to make God the author of evil, nor in such a way as to take away the reality and responsibility of the choices made by those He created.
Genesis 50:15-21, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Psalm 139:1-6, Isaiah 14:27, 43:13, 46:10, Daniel 2:20-30, 4:1-37, 7:13-14, Mark 13:32, Acts 15:12-18, Romans 8:28-30, 9:10-24, 11:33-36, Ephesians 1:3-14, Hebrews 4:13
We believe that the entire universe belongs to Him and is under His rightful authority.
Genesis 1:1-2:3, Nehemiah 9:5-6. Psalms 8:3-4, 33:6, 90:2, Proverbs 3:19, Isaiah 44:24, 45:18, Jeremiah 32:17, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16 Hebrews 1:2, 11:3, Revelation 4:11
We believe that He is God the Son who became fully a man while remaining fully God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life of sinless obedience to God the Father. He died on the cross in our place, bearing on Himself the wrath we deserved for our rebellion against God and paying the penalty for our sin. He rose again from the dead on the third day in a glorified body, victorious forever over sin, death, and hell. He ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for His people. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingly reign will never end. He is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords over all of creation, and He is the only Savior for sinners.
Psalm 2:1-12, Isaiah 9:6-7, 42:1-4, 49:5-7, 52:7-53:12, Micah 5:2, Malachi 3:1-4, Matthew 1:1-25, 2:1-12, 3:13-17, 4:1-17, 5:17, 7:21-23, 9:1-8 10:34-39, 11:1-6, 12:1-8, 38-42, 21:1-5, 27:11-66, 28:1-20, Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-21, 2:22-38, 22:47-23:56, 24:1-53, John 1:1-18, 1:29-34, 3:1-21, 4:1-42, 5:16-18, 6:35-40, 7:37-39, 8:12, 8:58, 10:7-18, 10:27-30, 11:25-26, 14:1-11, 15:1-17, 17:1-5, 20:1-29, Acts 1:1-11, 2:14-41, 4:5-12, Romans 1:1-6, 3:21-26, 5:1-11, 6:1-23, 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Philippians 2:1-11, Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 1:1-13, 3:1-6, 4:14-16, 7:26-8:13, 9:11-14, 10:11-18, 1 John 2:1-2, 2:22-23, 4:1-3, Revelation 1:10-18, 5:1-14, 19:11-16, 22:6-21
We believe that Jesus will come back, visibly and gloriously, on a day known only to God. We believe that He will judge everyone who has ever lived. All of those who have not believed in Him will be condemned to eternal judgment in hell because of their sins. All of those who have trusted in Christ and been clothed in His righteousness will receive resurrection bodies like His and will live with Him in eternal joy and peace. We believe that the present heavens and earth will pass away, and the saints will dwell with the Triune God in the new heavens and the new earth, in the light of the glory of God, forever.
Matthew 24:3-44, Mark 13:3-37, Luke 21:5-36, Acts 1:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-11, Titus 2:11-14, 2 Peter 3:1-13, Revelation 19:6-21, 20:1-15, 21:1-27, 22:1-21
We believe that He inspired the human writers of the Bible to write God’s word without error. We believe that He miraculously conceived our Lord Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and that He descended on Jesus at His baptism. We believe that He was poured out on the church at Pentecost. We believe that He convicts sinners of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe we are born again by the Holy Spirit, and that every believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ at conversion. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside every believer in Jesus. We believe that He is the down payment and guarantee of our inheritance in Christ. We believe that we put sin to death only by His power, and that He remakes into the image of Jesus, producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives believers both the spiritual gifts and the power to serve Christ in the church and in the world.
Genesis 1:1-2, Matthew 1:18, 3:16-17, 28:18-20, Luke 1:26-38, John 3:1-8, 7:37-39, 14:15-17, 25-26, 15:26-27, 16:7-16, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 14-21, Romans 5:5, 8:1-17, 26-27, 14:17, 15:14-16, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, 3:10-16, 6:9-11, 19-20, 12:1-31, 14:12, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 3:17-18, 5:1-5, 13:14, Galatians 4:4-65:16-26, Ephesians 3:14-19, 4:30, 5:15-20, 6:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7, 5:19, 2 Timothy 1:14, Titus 3:4-7, Hebrews 2:4, 1 Peter 1:1-2, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 John 3:24, 4:2-3
What started as a group of 6, simply committing to sharing life together, living on mission and seeing people come to know Jesus has grown to a vibrant church full of people committed to seeing the redemptive movement of God unleashed in their lives, in their city and in the world.
1 Samuel 7, describes an incredible time for God’s people, a time marked by great spiritual renewal and God’s power on display. God single-handedly fought for Israel and won a great victory for them. In response, they erected a memorial stone naming it Ebenezer, which meant, “The Lord has helped us to this point.” That’s the moment we want to celebrate with you, a moment where we, “raise our Ebenezer,” and joyfully celebrate all that the Lord has done for us to this point.
On behalf of Movement Church the Elders would like to make a statement concerning the turmoil surfacing in the culture around us. Our Doctrinal stance unequivocally states under the heading of Sanctity of Human life, “We believe that Christians should stand for human dignity, stand against every form of injustice, racism and abuse, and seek to relieve human suffering when it is in their power to do so.”
The issue isn’t what we say we believe but how it impacts the way we live our lives. There is no room for racism of any form, of any shape either implicit or explicit within the body of Christ and in particular Movement Church. The Gospel is the hope of the world and literally tears down the dividing wall between us and God and tears down all walls that exist among the diverse races that make up God’s creation. It is time we not just hold to the right teachings but to act upon them.
Our first stop towards action that fits within our core doctrine is to self-reflect and invite the Holy Spirit to investigate our own lives to identify and root out any and all forms of racism and bias against any other person or groups of people. Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, lead me in the everlasting way.” We should seek to see if there is “any offensive way,” which means an offense could and does come in many forms from overt actions, thoughts and also deep-seated systemic issues. We need to self-reflect and repent of every hint of racism and biases that exists within us. May we be humble learners to receive from other brother’s and sister’s ways in which we are complicity sitting silently by when we should as we say we believe “seek to relieve human suffering when it is in our power to do so.”
We should seek to empathize with those who are weeping because of a shared experience based on the color of their skin not to dismiss that experience or seek justification of their pain. In speaking about love and the outpourings of Christian love, Paul says to the church of Rome in Romans 12:15 to “weep with those who weep.” When someone or a group of other people are weeping it is not time to try and point out why they shouldn’t be weeping but to be quiet, sit near, listen and weep with those who are hurting. The body of Jesus ought to hurt all over when certain members of the body are hurting.
This is a call for humility, a call for empathy, justice, righteousness, peace. There needs to be a time of learning, being equipped, being challenged on the relationships we have with those around us and the diversity or lack thereof that exists but now is a time for humble, repentant, prayer and solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters in Christ and a clear call and stance against racism. Seek the Lord with us, ask for forgiveness for not doing enough sooner and let’s commit to fighting for the rights of others as we “do what is in our power to stand against every form of injustice, racism and abuse.”