What We Believe
We divide doctrinal issues into two categories. The first is essential doctrine. These are the doctrines that separate Christians from non-Christians and effect our clear understanding of a right, healthy, and permanent relationship with God. Essential doctrine includes: Salvation by grace, the Trinity, the existence of Heaven and Hell, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection of Christ, Complete Truth of the Bible, the Unchanging character of God, and Eternal Security. Although not all-inclusive, this list gives you an idea of what we mean by essential doctrine. (See our Statement of Faith for more).
Non-essential doctrinal issues are peripheral issues or denominational distinctives that do not effect a person's eternal destiny. These are often lifestyle choices that an individual Christian makes. Such issues include denominational choice, baptism by sprinkling or immersion, end-times beliefs, lifestyle issues such as dancing, drinking, gambling, jewelry, and smoking. We believe that none of these issues effect whether a person is going to heaven and hell, and should be personally decided by each believer. We believe that true change comes from a sincere commitment to Jesus Christ, and this commitment cannot be measured or judged by lifestyle issues alone.
Statement Of Faith
We believe the Bible is the authoritative, divinely inspired word of God, infallible in the original writings.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, who became man without ceasing to be God, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death in payment for the sins of the world, His resurrection, and His return.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God by grace received through personal faith, allowing for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, atoning of sin, and permanent adoption into the family of God.
We believe all who accept salvation belong to the family of God, regardless of church denomination. We believe that all those who receive the free gift of salvation are eternally secure and that their salvation cannot be lost
We believe it is a responsibility and privilege for all believers to serve the Kingdom of God in some capacity and to consistently grow in their knowledge and understanding of God.
What denomination are you?
Mission:USA is a non-denominational organization. We are not affiliated with any church denomination, though we work with and train the clergy of many different denominations.
What version of the Bible do you believe in?
We believe each person should read and study a Bible they can understand. Because the reading level of most of our young people is quite low, we use a simple language version (generally, the New International Readers Version). When they become more advanced, they typically use an NIV study Bible.
Do you believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as it is described in the Bible. We do not teach that it is a separate event from salvation, but that it is the supernatural event that takes place at the moment of salvation itself. We do not teach that "signs and wonders" or speaking in tongues are a necessary outward sign of salvation.
Do you believe you can lose your salvation?
No. Once a person is saved through faith in Jesus Christ, they are adopted into God's family and that cannot be undone by "backsliding". Salvation is eternal. Mission:USA does not compromise on this point of doctrine.
What do you believe about baptism?
Baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward change. Placing water on the body symbolizes the cleansing of our souls of sin. It also symbolizes our dying to our old way of life and being raised from the dead with Christ. If an infant is baptized, we believe that person must make an informed choice of whether they want to follow Jesus Christ in order to receive the gift of eternal life.
What if I have other questions?
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