What is a statement of faith?

Mosaic Church’s Statement of Faith represents what we believe to be the core elements of Christian belief. We ask all members of Mosaic Church to affirm these doctrines. We have chosen to write our statement of faith in the form of a contemporary catechism (Q&A). 

Catechisms have been used throughout the history of the church in order to instruct and teach the members of Christ’s body. If you wanted to use this catechism in your own formation, you could work to memorize the “key ideas” of each question.

Each question represents one key area of Christian doctrine. Underneath each question there is a key idea and a longer explanation. Included is an index of scripture to consult in support of the question and answer along with a link to a sermon from our Whole Story sermon series where we spent a year working through our Statement of Faith on Sunday mornings.

Introduction

Mosaic Church’s Statement of Faith finds its ultimate standard and measure in the Bible, which is God’s holy word. And yet, our Statement of Faith also rests on the shoulders of the ecumenical creeds: The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Chalcedonian Creed.

In addition, we affirm the Lausanne Covenant as a symbol of modern theological unity across the beautiful diversity of the global church.

We affirm these three creeds and the covenant in their entirety and believe them to be faithful articulations of Christian belief.

Four Foundational Truths

Key Idea:

At Mosaic Church we have four foundational truths. These truths function as the core content of Mosaic Kids and are also a kind of “compass” for navigating the more robust statement of faith.


God is great: He is sovereign over all things.

God is good: He is worthy of our trust.

God is gracious: He delights in saving His people.

God is glorious: He satisfies the desires of our hearts.

Story of Scripture

At Mosaic, we summarize the story of scripture with “Four P’s.”

In summary, the story of scripture tells us: God is determined to have His people, delight in living their whole life in His presence, to reflect His purposes where He has placed them.

The good news of the gospel is that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, comes to seek and save God’s people. Jesus rescues God’s people by grace, in love, and through the gift of faith and brings them into the presence of God so that they might live out God’s purposes. One day, God will bring us to a new place and until then the Spirit of God empowers us to live in God’s place reflecting God’s purposes and enjoying God’s presence.

Doctrines

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Doctrine of God
Who is God?

We believe in one God who eternally exists as three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; each of whom is fully God, and yet there is one God.

Gen. 1 Is. 6 Matt. 28:18-20 Jn. 1:1-18 Jn. 7:38-39 Eph. 1 Col. 1:15-20 Heb. 1:3

Doctrine of God
2
Doctrine of Revelation
How do we know?

We believe that God has made Himself known to his creation, having revealed Himself to us in His Son Jesus Christ, in Scripture, and in creation.

Heb.1:1-2 Heb. 1:3 2 Tim. 3:16 Ps. 8 Rom. 1:20 Col. 1:15 John 5:19

Doctrine of Revelation
3
Doctrine of Creation and Providence
Who created and controls the world?

God created the whole world from nothing and upholds the whole world by the word of His power.

Gen. 1:1-2 Gen. 1:3-31 Job 38 Ps. 24:1 Rom. 8:28 Col. 1:17

Doctrine of Creation and Providence
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Doctrine of Humanity
What are humans and why are we here?

We believe that humanity has been created in the image of God and have been commissioned to fill the earth with image bearers while they exercise God’s rule over creation through faithful stewardship.

Gen. 1:27-31 Ps. 4:7 Ps. 8 Ps. 139:13 Matt. 11:28-30 Phil. 4:11-13

Doctrine of Humanity
5
Doctrine of Sin
What’s the problem?

Humanity, by nature and apart from Christ, is broken by sin, declared unrighteous, separated from God, under the judgment of God against sin, and destined for hell.

Gen. 3 Ps. 51 Rom. 1:18-32 Rom. 3:9-20 Eph. 2:1-3

Doctrine of Sin
6
Doctrine of Salvation
What has God done?

God has secured abundant life, salvation, righteousness, and forgiveness of sins for all those who by grace through faith put their trust in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gen. 3:15 Gen. 15 Lev. 16 Is. 53 Lk. 4:16-30 Eph. 2:4-10 Heb. 10:14 Heb. 10:19-23

Doctrine of Salvation
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Doctrine of Regeneration and Faith
How can we receive this salvation?

We can receive salvation by grace through faith in Christ. In order to be saved, we must be born again by the Holy Spirit.

Doctrine of Regeneration and Faith
8
Doctrine of the Christian Life
How does salvation change us?

Having been saved by grace through faith in Christ, we now, by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the same grace that saves, seek to grow in our worship of, mission with, and obedience to Jesus Christ, the model of true righteousness.

Doctrine of the Christian Life
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Doctrine of the Church
What is a church and what does it do?

We believe that a local church is a congregation of disciples of Jesus who practice life in Christ, life together, and life on mission together.

Doctrine of the Church
10
Doctrine of Sacraments
What is baptism and the Lord’s supper?

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of a local church and are meant to retell, rehearse, and practice the gospel story.

Doctrine of Sacraments
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Doctrine of Rest
What is the sabbath?

Sabbath is the weekly invitation to trust God by setting down our work in order to give our attention to the Lord in Christian fellowship, devotion, gratitude, prayer, and reflection.

Doctrine of Rest
12
Doctrine of Worship
What are the gifts of the Spirit?

We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifted each local church with all the necessary abilities and characteristics to pursue obedience, worship, and mission.

Doctrine of Worship
13
Doctrine of Last Things
How does the world end?

We believe Christ is coming again to judge the righteous and the unrighteous in making right what sin has made wrong and in bringing heaven to earth to restore the world fully, for good, and forever.

Doctrine of Last Things

Distinctives

1
Baptistic

At Mosaic Church we practice believer’s baptism. This means that we baptize those who have professed faith in Christ and want to follow Him as Lord. While we receive members into fellowship who have been baptized as infants, we do not practice infant baptism.

2
Reformed

At Mosaic Church we are shaped by the reformed theological tradition. This means that you will find an emphasis on the holiness/sovereignty of God, the wickedness of sin, the desperate need for the gospel, and the amazing surprise of grace.

3
Charismatic

We believe the Holy Spirit is alive and active in regeneration, empowerment and ongoing filling for the purposes of God in this world. We believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available today, but not one of them in particular is required to give evidence of the baptism or filling of the Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit accompanies regeneration and is symbolized through water baptism.

4
Holy Discontentment

We believe the Kingdom of God was inaugurated in Jesus’ first coming and will be consummated in his second coming. We live in the “in between” where we can experience the reign of Jesus while longing for its completion as we also experience the reality that things are not yet fully as they will be within the new heaven and new earth. We acknowledge the variety of views within inaugurated eschatology and allow for this variety within our family.

5
Missional

We believe the church is the family of God sent by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus to all nations throughout the world. We are saved by God’s power for God’s purposes to bring him glory in all things wherever we are. The church is always being sent by God to accomplish his mission.

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Brother/Sister Culture

At Mosaic you will find men and women leading together as brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe men and women are created in the image of God equally, yet with distinct roles in the church. Men and women are called to use their gifts fully in the ministry of the church under the leadership of biblically qualified male elders/pastors. While the office of elder is reserved for biblically qualified men, we believe that both biblically qualified men and women can be ordained and serve as deacons/ministers in the life of the church.

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Family Discipleship

We believe that the primary discipling presence for children in a Christian household should be the parents. We believe that it is the role of the church and its officers to encourage, equip, and empower parents to regularly engage in the discipleship of those in their household. In light of this, we actively encourage families, at the first moment that children are able, to include their children in the corporate worship of the body as it gathers weekly.