We seek to honor God by winning, building, equipping, and mobilizing people to advance Christ’s kingdom and exalt His name.
Obedience to this final command of Jesus Christ is the mission of Millersville Bible Church. Because of this, disciple-making lies at the heart of everything we do. Accomplishing this challenging task involves a two-fold responsibility. First, we must be careful to employ the means God has provided for building His church, and second, we must seek to understand the attitudes and world-views which prevail in the culture to which God has sent us. At MBC, we focus on the following:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Faith in Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal salvation. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.” This message confronts the pluralistic attitude of our society which declares that all religious beliefs are equally valid. At MBC we believe that only the Gospel is the “power of God unto salvation for every one who believes.” We seek to both proclaim the gospel in our community and train each disciple to effectively communicate it to those with whom they have contact.
Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth.” God’s revelation to man, His instruction for what we should believe and how we should live, is found in the 66 books of the Bible. Though our culture promotes the idea that there is no absolute truth, the Bible declares itself to be the inerrant Word of God. The disciple of Christ must not only understand the teachings of the Bible, but obey them as well. At MBC we strongly emphasize the preaching, teaching, and application of God’s Word. The Scripture is our sole authority for life, and cannot be overruled by such things as religious tradition or personal experience.
To worship God is to love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the foremost command of God. The Bible warns the believers not to put anything “before the Lord God.” We cannot, as Jesus taught, “serve two masters.” He also said that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses. In an age of materialism, possessions can easily become modern day idols competing for the devotion of our hearts. At MBC we encourage people to serve God with single-hearted devotion – seeking first His kingdom and righteousness. We view all aspects of life as a stewardship for which each of us will give an account to God.
The New Testament clearly teaches that it is God’s design for every Christian to be an active and accountable part of a local assembly of believers, willingly serving others. This results in the mutual encouragement and support of all believers in their walk with Jesus Christ. In contrast to this, our society promotes individualism: the attitude which seeks to please self, elevates personal fulfillment, and avoids costly involvement with others. At MBC we challenge believers to fulfill God’s design by meaningfully relating to others in the church. Merely attending the worship services will not accomplish this; other opportunities for both fellowship and service must be pursued.
Like every institution ordained by God, the Church of Jesus Christ has a structure of authority. The Bible reveals that God’s design for leadership in the local church consists of a group of godly men called elders. At MBC we follow this pattern, with elders overseeing and guiding the life of the assembly. Though our society today largely rejects authority, the faithful disciple of Christ desires the accountability and security which comes from willing submission to those God has placed as leaders in His church.