Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:18-20

The Trinity

Through scripture we believe that God exist in three persons…God the Father (Ephesians 1:3), God the Son…Jesus Christ (John 1:1) and God the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

God

We believe in the one true God (Deuteronomy 2:35).  The God who created the heavens and the earth.  We have been made in His image and all blessings we receive are from Him.

Jesus Christ

Through a miracle, Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18) and the Word (Jesus Christ) became flesh (John 1:14).  Perfection described the life of Jesus as He was sinless (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus came to this world to reconcile us with our Heavenly Father.  The righteous (Jesus) was crucified on the cross of Calvary for the unrighteous (humans) as an ultimate sacrifice for sin (1 Peter 3:18).  Through his sacrifice, we have the free gift of forgiveness and salvation available for our acceptance.

After his death, Jesus was buried in the borrowed tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. On the third day following his crucifixion, he arose from his grave. The chains of death could not defeat Jesus. He walked the earth forty days following his resurrection instructing his disciples to spread the Good News of salvation.  He ascended into Heaven on a cloud and now sits at the right hand of God.  On a day that only God knows, Jesus will return on a cloud to harvest His children. We will then be judged and held accountable for the way we served God while living on earth.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit indwells (has influence) in those that have been baptized for the forgiveness of sins in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19; Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Bible is not the Holy Spirit.  However, God’s word is an agent through which the Holy Spirit operates (Ephesians 6:17).  He is a seal of ownership that God has placed on the hearts of Christians that is a guarantee of what is to come.

The Bible

The Bible is God breathed and was written by inspired writers (2 Timothy 3:16).  We use His word to guide us in our lives and it is the authority for all that we do.

The church

The church exist to bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21).  At MTZ, we assemble to glorify our creator and to edify one another.  The church worships God and reaches out to those in the world who do not have a relationship with Him.

Baptism

MTZ is a New Testament church.  As a result, we believe and strive to follow the New Testament in its entirety.  Some read the New Testament and come away with the impression that belief is the only requirement to save your soul. At MTZ, we believe scripture indicates otherwise.  We do recognize that belief is required, however, we believe full immersion baptism is essential to salvation as well.  “Baptism” comes from a Greek term meaning “to dip, to plunge, to immerse.”

In Acts 2:38, Peter stated to those gathered on the Day of Pentecost:

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The above scripture indicates to us that baptism is a necessary step that should be demonstrated by a believer to receive forgiveness from their sins (Acts 22:16; Mark 16:16).

The water we are baptized in is not miraculous.  It does not save us.  Christ sacrifice on the cross is what saves us.  However, baptism is symbolic.  The water we are baptized in represents Christ shed blood.  When we are baptized, we are buried in the blood of Christ and we emerge from the waters a new person in Christ (Colossians 2:12).

Communion

The Lord’s Feast was implemented shortly before Jesus’ death.  The Bible speaks of the “Last Supper” in Matthew 26:26-28:

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Following Jesus’ death, we conclude that the early church met together on the first day of the week and observed the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)  As a result, each Sunday at our worship assemblies we designate a special time to partake in the Lord’s Supper.  We take this time to reflect not only on the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins, but also on his entire earthly ministry and the promise of eternal life we have through Him.

We do not practice closed communion at MTZ.  We invite all who have accepted the gift of salvation to break bread with us!

Heaven & Hell

We believe in both at MTZ.  Scripture teaches that Jesus will one day return and everyone will be gathered to be judged regarding how they lived their life on earth (Matthew 24:36-44; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  Those God accepts will be granted an eternal home in Heaven and those He rejects we be summoned to everlasting destruction in Hell.  In Heaven, humans will be transformed and will have new bodies (Philippians 3:21).

 

Above is a short list of common beliefs we share and feel holds true through scripture.  The list is not exhaustive and we invite you to discuss any questions you may have with us.