Metrolina Church exists to glorify God by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world, making disciples of all believers, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to live in obedience to all the commands of Jesus Christ. We are united around three firm commitments: a commitment to a growing faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to encouraging and serving one another, and a commitment to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world.
Equipping Church – we believe Jesus has given every believer the authority to go, make disciples, baptize and teach them. Therefore, we are committed to adequately equipping one another to fulfill the Great Commission.
Relating Church – we believe spiritual formation and growth occurs best in the context of healthy, faith-based relationships. Therefore, we are committed to helping one another form strong, faithful, long-lasting friendships that promote spiritual growth and maturity.
Worshipping Church – we believe the scriptures teach the church should gather regularly to worship God. Therefore, we are committed to helping one another express dynamic praise and worship both privately and corporately.
Teaching Church – we believe the scriptures teach that every believer should be growing in their faith and becoming more and more like Jesus. We believe this occurs best when we study the Bible and apply it’s truth to our lives. Therefore, we are committed to teaching the Word of God in our public gatherings and in small group Bible studies.
Sending Church – we believe the most effective strategy to carry out the Great Commission is to start new churches in every community and village throughout the world. Therefore, we are committed to prepare, mentor, guide, send and support as many people as possible to plant as many churches as possible in as many places as possible.
Metrolina Church Statement of Faith
3.1 The Scriptures. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part. We believe God, Who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error and authoritative in all they teach. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life.
3.2 The Trinity. We believe there is one, and only one, true and living God; that there is indivisible unity in the Godhead, yet existing in three separate persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-equal in every divine perfection, of the same essence and executing distinct, but harmonious, offices in the great work of both creation and redemption.
3.3 God the Father. We believe God, the Father, is spirit infinite, eternal and unchangeable in all of His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe, Giver of all life in sovereign authority over all created beings, the Keeper over the nation Israel and the Father and Disciplinarian of His chosen in Jesus Christ.
3.4 The Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary as no other man was ever nor can be born of a woman. He is fully God, being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest, interceding and preparing a place for us. He shall appear in the air to rapture His saints, and after seven years, shall come again with the saints to set up the throne of David and establish His millennial kingdom.
3.5 The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person possessing all the attributes of personality and deity. He is equal with the Father and the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the agent of the new birth, and His work among believers includes His sealing, indwelling, infilling, guiding and teaching them the ways of righteousness. There is a new and unique work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit fills and empowers believers with service gifts.
3.6 Man. We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. By voluntary sin man fell from his sinless state, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, utterly devoid of the holiness required by God’s law, positively inclined to evil, and under just condemnation to eternal judgment and everlasting existence separated from God without defense or excuse.
3.7 Satan. We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil, a created angel who through pride became the enemy of his Creator. Satan is “the god of this age” and “the prince of the power of the air,” who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire.
3.8 Salvation. We believe the Scriptures teach that Christ died for the whole world and that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God. It is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance. In order to be saved, the sinner must be born again, personally receiving Christ as Savior, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Him and becoming the recipient of a new nature. The great gospel blessing which Christ secures to believers is justification, that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness, solely through faith in the Redeemer’s death and resurrection. The true believer that has received Christ is eternally secure.
3.9 The Church. We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ began at Pentecost and will be completed at the Rapture. It must be considered in two aspects; the “local” church and the “universal” church. The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, right and privileges invested in them by His Word. The Scriptural officers are pastors, elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.
3.10 Baptism and Communion. We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Savior, thus illustrating the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite to membership in a local church. We believe that communion is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by self-examination and confession of known sin. We believe every believer has been given the authority of Jesus Christ to conduct and participate in these ordinances and their exercise is not the sole right of the clergy to carry out (Matthew 28:18-20).