The MoSt Church of Christ desires to bring glory to God in all that we do. We believe that bringing glory to God is priority and our primary purpose in life.
Our mission at the MoSt Church of Christ:
To reach people in the West Memphis and Marion areas with the abundant-life message of Jesus
so they might become believers and followers of Christ.
The MoSt Church of Christ exists:
• To love God and worship Him with all of our heart
• To teach others about the love of God and the good news of Jesus
• To connect other followers of Christ in fellowship and accountable relationships
• To help others discover their spiritual gifts and fulfill their calling in Christ
• To serve our community by sharing our abundance of God's blessing
Our purpose at MoSt is based on these passages from the Bible:
"Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made ..."
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit ..."
(2 Corinthians 3:18).
We want to glorify God:
-In our praise and worship
-In our places of work
-In our purpose in the world
Below you will find our statement of faith concerning our basic beliefs.
The Bible and only the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Romans 16:25, 26)
THE TRIUNE GODHEAD
There is only one God who has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; I Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:3-8; 2 John 5:7)
JESUS THE CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person in the Godhead. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He gave up equality with God in order to experience our humanity. Jesus was born of a virgin. He performed miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, died on a the cross for humanity, and thereby atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day after His death, according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He rules and reigns, and will return again one day, in both power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7; Matthew 1:20, 21; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1, 14; 20:26-31; Romans 1:3, 4; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16; 1 John 1:1-4)
SIN AND REDEMPTION
Man was created good and upright, but, by free choice, voluntarily transgressed the law of God. In the sinful, fallen state, humanity needs redemption. The only hope, then, for humanity, is through redemption in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Isaiah 53:4-7; Acts 4:10-12; Romans 5:12-21; 6:23)
The Gospel is God's power to save. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the death, and the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus. Salvation is a gift of God. Salvation does not result from our good works, or by any human effort. (John 3:16; Romans 1:16; 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 2:16; 3:2-6, 8, 11; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 9:12, 22; 10:10; 1 Peter 1:20, 21)
The blood of Jesus was shed on the cross at Calvary. This blood is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sinfulness and our sin. His blood enables all those who believe and trust in Him as the atoning sacrifice for sin, to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (John 1:29; 19:34; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:9; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:12-14; 1 Peter 1:2)
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Jesus Christ. Repentance is a change in heart, mind, and attitude, to no longer be servants of sin, but rather, servants of righteousness. (Matthew 4:17; Luke 5:32; 13:3, 5; 24:46, 47; Acts 2:37, 38; Romans 6:11-14; 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10)
Belief that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is Lord and Savior; that He died for the atonement of our sins, that He was buried, and on the third day, raised from the dead, is absolutely essential for salvation. (Mark 16:15, 16; John 3:18; 20:29-31; Romans 3:22; Acts 10:43; 2 Thessalonians 1:10)
A confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is made by the one who believes that Jesus is God's Son. Confession is also made of sin in one's life. Christians confess their sins so that physical, emotional and spiritual healing can take place. (Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 10:32, 33; Luke 12:8; Acts 19:18; Romans 10:9, 10; 1 Timothy 6:12, 13; James 5:16; 1 John 1:8,9; 2:23; 4:2, 15)
Jesus commanded His followers to go into the entire world and make disciples. His disciples are to baptize believers in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism signifies the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus. Remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, are promised to those who are baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. The giving of the Holy Spirit in Christian baptism distinguishes it from the baptism of John the Baptist. In baptism, one "crucifies" the old self, and becomes united with Jesus in His death, His burial, and His resurrection. In baptism, a person "clothes" themselves with Christ. Baptism is an appeal to God (through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) to present us with a clear conscience before Him. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 1:4; 16:15, 16; Luke 3:2, 3; John 3:3-5; Acts 2:37, 38; 8:12; 9:18; 10:43-48; 16:15; 18:8, 24-26; 19:1-7; 22:16; Romans 6:3-7; Galatians 2:20; 3:27; Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20, 21)
JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS THE CHRISTIAN
Christians are those who have believed Jesus to be the Son of God, repented (turned) from a life of sin, confessed Jesus as the Son of God and as the Lord and Savior, invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside of them, and have been united with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection, through baptism. Jesus lives, or dwells, in His disciples by His Holy Spirit. The follower of Jesus relinquishes the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when he died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. (John 1:12; 14:14-17, 23; 15:4; Romans 8:1; Revelation 3:20)
HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS THE CHRISTIAN
The Holy Spirit was promised to be poured out upon all flesh and was given at Pentecost. It is the promise of the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole world. The Holy Spirit is God's power in the Christian's life, to live faithfully and obediently to Jesus. (Jeremiah 31:33; Joel 2:28, 29; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 16, 17, 38, 39; 10:38, 44-48; 11:15-17; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19, 20; Galatians 3:2-5; 5:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 4:3)
Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life. It is the ongoing process by which the Holy Spirit develops the believer into the character of Jesus Christ. The follower of Christ yields to God's Word and His Holy Spirit, in order to be conformed into the image and likeness of Christ. It is the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that enables and empowers the Christian to live a righteous and godly life. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2Thessalonians 2:13, 14; Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 10:14, 15)
The church is the body of Christ, for which He sacrificed His life to save and redeem. God's kingdom was prophesied by Daniel, and Joel referred to the day when God would pour out His Spirit on all men. The church is the 'habitation' of God through the Spirit. Everyone who has been born of the water and the Spirit (John 3:5) is a vital part of the church, which is the body of Christ. The Greek word for "church" in the New Testament is "ekklesia" and refers to those who have been "called out" of a life of sin and death through the gospel message, to live as lights in the world of darkness. The words "church" and "kingdom" are used in some passages interchangeably. It is through divine appointments in God's church that the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission is accomplished. (Daniel 2:35, 44-45; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 3:1; 4:17; 10:6, 7; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47; 16:17-19; Mark 9:1; Acts 2:1-4, 16, 17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; 5:25; Hebrews 10:23; John 17:11, 20-23)
HEALING OF THE SICK
During His ministry on earth, Jesus healed many who were sick. The MoSt church believes in the power of prayer and has witnessed the results of faith and prayer. God, in His sovereign nature, and through the power of His Spirit, can, and will intervene in the lives of those who call upon His name. God can heal both physical and spiritual sickness. We believe it is our responsibility as Christians to call and cry out to Him in prayer for those in need. It is God, who, through His sovereignity, heals those He chooses. (Psalm 103:2, 3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:13, 16, 17; Mark 16:16, 17; James 5:14-16)
THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is a special and unique time to commune with God and fellow believers in Christ, which reminds us of the body and blood of Jesus. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He broke bread and gave it to His disciples, and said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and offered 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 remission of sins." When the elements of bread, and the fruit of the vine are taken, (which are to represent the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ), Christians take them to remember the life-giving sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Here at the Most Church, communion, like giving, singing, praying, and studying the Word of God, is offered to Christians every Sunday. (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 11:23-29)
Jesus was raised from the dead. He was physically resurrected from the dead, in a glorified body, three days after His death on the cross. Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved, to the resurrection of life -- and they that are lost, to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (Luke 24:15, 16, 31, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21)
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all those who have obeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. They will be given responsibilities, and will rule and reign with Christ forever. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20; 6:20; 25:21, 23, 34; Luke 16:10, 11; John 14:1-3; 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:3, 4; Revelation 21:27)
Hell is a place God has prepared for the devil and his angels. Those who have lived on the earth, and did not repent of their sins, nor confessed Jesus Christ as the Son of God, have not confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, nor trusted in the saving message of the gospel -- they will also be punished in hell along with the devil and his angels. (Matthew 10:28; 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43-47; Hebrews 9:27; Jude 5-7; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8)
Jesus Christ will visibly return to harvest His followers into His eternal kingdom. No one knows the exact hour or day when this will occur -- only the Father in Heaven knows. This time or date is not disclosed in the Holy Scriptures. (Matthew 24:30, 36, 44; 26:63, 64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8; Revelation 1:7)