What We Believe
As a faith-based organization, Maywood Mission believes it is important to clearly convey what we consider to be the essential beliefs of our Christian faith. These beliefs inform our ministry and work.
While we acknowledge there are many non-essential beliefs within the Christian faith, such debates are detrimental distractions to the missional work we are called to at Maywood Mission. We must have unity regarding essentials and not divide over non-essentials.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and one God.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
Genesis 1:26-27 | Genesis 2:18-25 |
Matthew 19:4-6 | Mark 10:6-9 |
Ephesians 5:22-33 | Romans 1:24-32 |
Colossians 3:18-19 | Hebrews 13:4 |
Matthew 15:18-20 | 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe, based on the teaching of the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God from the foundation of the world, and intended as a lifelong union between one man and one woman. Marriage between one man and one woman also represents the relationship between Christ and the Church.
We believe that sexuality is a gift from God and basic to human identity and that sexual intimacy is to only take place within the context of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman in which they vow and commit, with God’s help, to build a loving, life-giving, faithful relationship that will last for a lifetime. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, use of pornography, any attempt to change one’s biological sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual will not be tolerated because they are not in accord with Scripture.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
Matthew 1:22-23 | Isaiah 9:6 | John 1:1-5 |
John 14:10-30 | Hebrews 4:14-15 |
I Corinthians 15:3-4 | Romans 1:3-4 |
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.
The Sanctity of Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all life.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.