The Maple View Mennonite Church consists of people from all different kinds of backgrounds. We exist to glorify God by literally being and acting as the body of Christ here on earth. We believe in the inspiration of Scripture and hold it high as our doctrine for faith and practice. One of the verses which has been our long-standing theme is from Ephesians 5:23 “…Christ is the head of the church, his body of which He is Savior.” We believe that as we begin to walk in our callings as believers in submission to the Holy Spirit then the church will begin to walk and act as Jesus Christ did, who has been ordained by God to be our Savior, Vision-Maker and Chief Shepherd.
Our prayer for the church is that they would grow up in Christ and become mature in their faith. We pray that we as a church would be “…perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) We also pray that we would come to know the fullness of God’s love for us and the healing power of the cross. As we focus on Christ, we will be the church God wants us to be.
It is our desire to honor and obey God. Our goal is to develop a community of worship by meeting real needs, sharing Christ’s love, connecting people to the body, and teaching them to love and obey God.
Statement of Faith
God is the one and only true God, eternal, perfect and infinite in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, mercy, righteousness and power; transcendent above the world as its Creator, yet immanent in the world as the Preserver of all things. God is self-existent and self-revealing in three divine Persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- who are distinct in function, but equal in power and glory.
The Father is revealed in Scripture as a person of the triune Godhead. His existence and power are revealed in creation and in the function of the hum an conscience. He sent His Son into the world for the salvation of the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed and addressed Him as His Father. He is a Father in a personal relationship to all who confess and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Deut. 6:4, I Tim.17, I Tim. 2:3, Heb. 11:3, Ex. 34:6-7, Gen. 1:1-2:3, Matt.3:13-17, II Cor. 13:14, John 3:16, John 14:9-19, I John 3:1-2
Jesus Christ is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the triune Godhead, the eternal Word and divine Son of God. Before His incarnation, He was eternally ·with God the Father and was God. In regard to His humanity, He was miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit without a human Father, was born of a virgin, took on true humanity, and thus was fully human and fully divine. In His incarnation, He lived a perfect life on earth and revealed the invisible God perfectly. He gave Himself in death upon the cross as a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world, by which He paid the price of redemption, thus satisfying both the righteousness and the love of God. He was raised from the dead, glorified in the body in which He had suffered and died, ascended into heaven, is at the right hand of the Father, and makes intercession for us. He is the only Savior and Lord of the church and the universe.
John 1:1-4,14,18 , John 14:5-10, Col. 1:15-17 , Matt.1:18-25, Luke 1:26-35, Phil. 2:5-11, Heb. 1:3,4, II Car. 5:19-21, Mark 10:45, Rom. 3:21-26, Rom . 5:9-11, Isa. 53:4-12, I Cor.15:3,4, I Pet. 2:24, Acts 1:9-11, Rom. 8:33,34, Heb.7:25, Heb. 9:24, Phil. 2:10,11, Col. 1:19-21
The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and with the Son in the triune Godhead and possesses all of the distinctively divine attributes. He is God, present and active in the world, ministering conviction of sin to sinners and regeneration to penitents. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to believers, in whom He resides. He ministers comfort, assurance, guidance, and victory. He is the agent of sanctification in the believer’s life, producing progressive growth in Spirit-fruit. He empowers believers and works through them in the distribution, manifestation, and ministry of spiritual gifts.
Gen. 1:1-2, Acts 5:3,4, II Cor. 13:14, John 16:7-11, I Cor. 6:17-20, Eph. 3:14-19, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:16,26, Rom . 8:1-17, Acts 4:31, I Pet.1:2, I Cor. 2:12-14, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 1:13,14, I Cor. 12:7-11, Eph. 4:30, Rom. 15:18,19
The Scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, are the Word of God, a supernatural revelation from God to mankind, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit through human instrumentality, without error in the original writings in all that they affirm. They are a God given record of the incarnational revelation of God in Christ and a written disclosure of God’s will and plan for mankind. The scriptures are the final authority for faith and practice, with the entire New Testament being the fulfillment of the Old Testament and the perfected rule for the Christian church.
I Pet. 1:10-12, Matt.5:17,18, John 5:45-47, I Tim.3:16-17, II Pet. 1:20,21, Ps. 119:1-60, John 10:35, Heb 1:1,2 , Luke 24:25-27, Luke 24:44-47, John 5:39, II Pet. 3:15-16, Heb. 8:7-13
Creation is a good and supernatural work of God, who is the creator of all things, visible and invisible. Creation is the explanation of the origin and existence of all things, including the material universe, the spiritual cosmos, and those beings which by free will rebelled against God and chose an attitude and condition of evil.
Gen. 1,2, Heb. 11:3, Isa. 40:26, Eph.3:9, Col.1:16, Rev. 4:11
Man was created in the image of God, sinless, in perfect holiness and fellowship ·with God; as male and female, equal before God as persons and distinct in manhood and womanhood, with male responsibility for headship in the home and in the church; as a being of choice who willfully disobeyed God, bringing alienation, depravity, death, and eternal lostness to the human race through Adam’s sin.
Gen.1:26-31, Gen 2:7,18-25, Gal. 3:28, I Car.11:3-16, Eph. 5:22-33, I Tim. 2:11-15, Gen. 3, Rom.5:12-21, Eph. 4:18,19
Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace based on the work of Jesus Christ (the shedding of His blood on the cross, His resurrection and present intercessory ministry) and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Those who receive God’s gift of salvation by faith become children of God, justified in their relationship to God, sanctified in their walk and work, and secure in an ongoing faith expressed and fostered by obedience to Christ. Justification is extended to all people in regard to Adamic guilt and by personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His provision in regard to personal guilt.
Rom. 6:23, Rom.10:9,10, Phil.1:6, Acts 2:38, Eph. 2:8-10, John 1:12, Gal. 4:4-7, Eph. 4:23,24, I Peter 1:5, I John 2:4-6, Col.1:22,23, Rom. 5:1,12-21, James 2:14-26
The church of Jesus Christ is the universal body of redeemed believers committed to Jesus Christ as Lord, and finds expression in the local church in worship, fellowship, holiness, discipline, teaching and preaching the Word, prayer, spiritual gifts, and the New Testament ordinances. The church is called out from and is separate from the world, but reaches out to the world with the Gospel and the “cup of cold water”. The church, as the body of Christ, is the visible representation of God on earth and is ready to suffer and serve as required by Christ and His Word.
I Peter 2:9,10, Acts 2:42-47, I Cor.1:2, I Cor.14:26, Rom.12:4-8, I Cor.12, Eph . 4.7-16, Matt. 28:19,20, John13:14-16, I Cor.11, James 5:13-16,Matt . 5:13-16, II Cor. 5:18-20, Rom. 8:17, II Thess.1:5
The kingdom of God is the realm where God reigns. It is a present reality and is visible on earth, especially in the church, giving believers release from the power and penalty of sin. The kingdom is extended on earth by evangelization and is expressed in Gospel preaching, compassionate ministries, peace-making based on reconciliation to God through faith in Chris t, and in supernatural demonstrations of God’s power. The final fulfillment of the kingdom is awaited, when God’s people ·will be free from the presence of sin and the kingdom of Satan will be judged and doomed to everlasting destruction.
I Peter 2:9,Matt . 4:17-23, Matt. 5:3,10, John 3:3-5, Matt. 12:28, Matt . 16:18,19, Matt. 24:14, Luke 17:21, Luke 19:11-27, John 18:36, Matt. 5:38-48, Rom. 12:14-21, Acts 14:22, Matt . 25:34,Tim.6:14-16, Rev . 12 :10 , Rev. 21:1-4, Rev. 20:11-15
Satan is a fallen angel who had rebelled against God. He is known as “the prince of the power of the air,” “the prince of this world,” and “the god of this age.” He is a liar, a deceiver, a cunning tempter, and a destroyer. Satan and his demons are a powerful and vast kingdom and are active in the present age and world, opposing God’s kingdom, seeking to destroy God’s people, holding many people in bondage, and claiming many worshipers. Satan was defeated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is restricted in his activity by God’s power and permission, and is destined for eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
Isa. 14:12-15, Ezek. 28:12-15, John 8:44, I John 3:8, I Pet. 5:8, Matt. 25:41, Eph. 6:11, Acts 10:38 , II Thess. 2:9, Rev. 12:9-12 , Luke 10:18, Rev. 13:3 -8, Gen. 3:1-7, John 112 :3 1, Rev.12 :3, 4, Rev. 20:1-3; 7-10
The state is a provision of God for the administration of order and justice for the welfare of all people. The state is distinct from the church in function and purpose. Christians are to pray for and respect the state and its officials and obey in matters not violating obedience to Christ and His Word. The church is a witness to the state of God’s righteousness and may cooperate with the state in matters of community and law where principles of love and righteousness are not violated.
Rom. 3:1-7, Matt . 22:15-22, I Peter 2:13-15, Matt. 5:38-42, Matt. 10:52, John 18:36 , Rom. 12:17-2 1, I Tim. 2:1-2, I Pet. 2:17, Titus 3:1, Acts 4:19,Acts 5:29, Acts 5:13, Acts 24 26
The end of t his age and the coming of the glorious future of the kingdom will be marked by the personal return of Jesus Christ. The living saints will be transformed; the dead will be resurrected, the just to eternal glory and bliss in heaven and the unjust to everlasting punishment and torment in hell. Satan, death, and hell will be cast into the lake of fire and the glorious reign of the Kingdom of God will be eternally fulfilled.
Rom. 8:22,23, Acts 1:10,11,Matt. 24:30, II Cor. 5:6-10, John 5:29, I Cor. 15:20-28, I Thess. 4:13-17, Rev. 20:10, Rev. 21