Our Core Beliefs

Words are important and sometimes churches tend to throw around big words, giving you more questions than answers. At Manchester Christian Church we keep today’s culture in mind and communicate in ways everyone can understand.

It’s important for you to know that we’re regular people and we accept you no matter who you are or where you’ve been. Our essential belief is that God loves all people and desires to be in an intimate relationship with everyone.

 

We believe the meaning of life is to have a relationship with God, who created us and loves us.

Genesis 2:4-25 – 1 John 3:1 – 1 Timothy 2:3-4 – Romans 8:38-39 – Revelation 21:5-7, 22-27 

We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect, all-knowing, and eternally existing in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

God the Father: Genesis 1:1-2:3, Deuteronomy 6:4

God the Spirit: John 14:26; 16:7-11, Galatians 5:22-23

God the Son:  Philippians 2:5-11 –  Colossians 1:15-20 – Hebrews 1:1-4

The Trinity (Three in One): Matthew 3:16-17 – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – 2 Timothy 1:7

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He died for our sins, rose from the dead and will return again, as promised, to claim each of us who have a personal relationship with Him.

Isaiah 53:3-6 – Matthew 28:1-10 – Matthew 27:45-56 – John 14:6 – Acts 4:12 – 1 Corinthians 15

We believe the church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to continue the task of turning ordinary people into extraordinary followers of Christ.

Matthew 16:15-19 – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 – Acts 1:8 – Matthew 28:18-20 – Ephesians 4:11-16

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and has authority in life and doctrine.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Hebrews 4:12


Our Core Practices 

Communion Practiced Weekly

Matthew 26:26-29 • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 • Acts 2:42

Baptism by Immersion

Matthew 3:16-17 • Acts 8:26-40 • Matthew 28:18-20 • Romans 6:3-10 • Acts 1:8 • Acts 2:36-38

Scripture describes baptism as an act that is central to a person’s commitment to follow Jesus. Jesus himself was baptized by John “to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:13-17). When giving instructions to the disciples regarding their mission, Jesus said, “…make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Mt 28:19). After delivering the first sermon of The Church, Peter was asked by the audience, “What must we do?” His response demonstrates the importance of baptism when he says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). Baptism is practiced throughout the book of Acts, which is the book of the Bible that recounts the beginning of The Church.  

We practice baptism by immersion at MCC.  The word “baptize” is a Greek word meaning “to dip, dunk, submerge,” which was originally used to describe the act of submerging fabric in colored dye to change the color of a cloth. Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Going under the water illustrates the death of our “old self” and coming up out of the water portrays the reality of our new life in Jesus.  Romans 6:1-11

Percentage Based Giving

Malachi 3:10 • Matthew 6:19-24 • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 • 1 Corinthians 16:2 • 1 Timothy 6:6-10