Practices & Beliefs
What we practice:
At Mill City Church, we desire to actively participate in what God is doing in the world. This is a process of discernment as we ask, God what are you doing around us? We then ask how we should respond to God’s movement and participate with God. We participate corporately through these three core commitments as a church:
Participate in God’s mission
Love our community
Serve Northeast Minneapolis
To actively live out these commitments, we have core family practices as a church. These practices are how we live out what we believe and value. They bring us closer in relationship to God who first has moved towards us.
Receiving God’s Grace
We want to be careful to base everything we do out of an experience of God’s grace. We regularly receive God’s grace through confession, extending and receiving forgiveness, reflecting on our identity in Christ, and uniquely in the practice of receiving communion as an act of worship.
Shaped by Scripture
We believe that in order to live our mission of loving our community in the name of Jesus, we must be regularly shaped by the Scriptures as one of the central ways we hear from God. Without a regular lifestyle of being influenced by the Scriptures, we will not be able to discern what God is doing around us and how we are being invited to participate in this.We will cultivate practices of listening to the scriptures together regularly in a variety of ways.
We want to live in such a way that makes our resources available to those in need. This involves giving of our time and talent in service to God’s leading in our lives. It involves a commitment to financially support the ministry of our church on a regular basis. We also want to be ready to respond by giving sacrificially when particular special needs come to the attention of our church.
Prayer is foundational for us, with a special emphasis on developing discernment regarding God’s activity all around us. Through a life of prayer as a church, we hope to be more and more aware of how God is inviting us to participate in God’s mission. We desire to make prayer a key part of our personal spiritual life. We also practice corporate prayer and discernment together.
Sharing the Good News
We practice sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in both word and action. We want to find ways to share the story of how our faith in Jesus Christ has changed our lives with others. We want to live together in ways that communicate the good news with those we interact with.
We believe in the power of gathering together to worship God. This is an aspect of loving God with all our hearts. At Mill City we desire to cultivate a life of loving God and worshipping God together. We practice worshipping together regularly every Sunday at Sheridan School.
What we believe about:
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5, 6; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that the Holy Spirit is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27)
We believe that the Bible is the completely and uniquely inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original writings. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)
We believe that man and woman were created in the image of God; that they sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become guilty sinners in thought, word and deed. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1, 24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; I John 1:8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; and I Corinthians 15:14)
We believe that all who come by grace through faith to accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.(John 3:3, 5; 1:12, 13; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9)
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Matthew 24:42-51; Matthew 25:1-13)