To train men here at MVBC, and abroad in Kenya, Uganda and Canada to be godly servant-minded leaders with a comprehensive theological knowledge.

Belief/Doctrinal Statement

  1. That the Holy Scriptures, the recognized and accepted 66 books of both the Old & New Testaments to be the equally inspired Word of God. It is perfect and complete in its original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. It is the final authority, and is to be obeyed for all faith, life, and practice, both within the church and individually. It is to be fully embraced and taught in its entirety in a literal, historical, grammatical context, equating to a Christ-centered perspective. (Isaiah 42:1-6; Isaiah 49:5, 6; II Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:1-5; II Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 1:17; 16:12,13; I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2; Colossians 1:24,25; Hebrews 1:2; 7:19; Revelation 20:2-6).

  2. That God is One who exists in three unified persons. The Father, The Son, & The Holy Spirit. All three (a plurality) being of one essence and nature, each one possessing full and equal deity, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; Isa 6:3; 45:14; II Corinthians 13:14).

  3. That God the Father, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, is the eternal self-existent God. He is the first person of the trinity who works all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is supreme over all, the loving sovereign creator, ruler, mover, and sustainer of all things. He is perfect in all His ways, lacking nothing in regards to His perfections. He is also the initiator of salvation. (Genesis 1; Isaiah 40; John 3:16; Ephesians 1)

  4. a. That the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus Christ, the theme of Scripture, became man, while still fully being the self-existent eternal God (Hypostatic union). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, while being the only begotten of the Father. In short, His purpose was to reveal God to man and purchase redemption for sinful mankind. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1,2, 18; Philippians 2:1-5; Col 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-10; Luke 1:35; 24:44).
    b. That the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and arose again for all mankind. He is the representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for all mankind. God’s wrath for sin having been transferred to His Son; and that this once for all sacrifice accomplishes the redemption and justification for all who trust in Him alone; the assurance being upon His acceptance from the Father, based upon His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24,25; 4:25; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 2:9; 9:26-28; 10:1-14; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; II Peter 2:1; I John 2:1, 2).
    c. That the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. He is now exalted at the right hand of the throne of God; where He is now acting as the saint’s high priest, representative, intercessor, and advocate; while at the same time holding all things together and carrying forth the will of His Father. (Acts 1:9,10; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2).
    d. That the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again for His Church and for Israel. The "Blessed Hope" of the church is the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds for His body, the church (distinct from His Second Coming). After the Tribulation Period will be His literal physical return (Second Coming) to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom which was promised to His chosen nation Israel. (Matthew 24:29-31; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Gen 12:1-2; 28:13-15; Jeremiah 31:31-37; Acts 1:6-8; Romans 11:25-27).

  5. a. That the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, whereby all believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, thereby empowering, enlightening, indwelling, comforting, convicting, and sealing the saint, unto the day of redemption. (Matthew 3:11; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14).
    b. That the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher, who using the inspired Scriptures, directs believers into all truth. And that it is the joy and responsibility of all saints to walk in, and to be filled with, and not to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13; I John 2:20,27; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; I Thessalonians 5:19).
    c. That Christ has distributed spiritual gifts administered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is sovereign in the distribution of all His gifts to His Body, and that His gifts are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints within the church today. (Acts; I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:3,4).

  6. That Satan fell and became the enemy of God and His creation. Satan, the Devil, the evil one, the god of this world is one in the same, and he is called other names in the scriptures that reflect his wicked character. He is the one who instigated the fall of man. He is a liar, murderer, deceiver, tempter, accuser, devourer, master of iniquity, ruler of the fallen angels, counterfeit of truth, and the mastermind behind all evil. He and his ways are to be shunned and exposed. (Matthew 4:1-22; 25:41; John 8:44; II Corinthians 2:11; 4:1-5; 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:1, 11; Revelation 12:10; 20:3).

  7. a. That mankind is born sinful and completely unable to naturally please God. Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but due to Adam’s disobedience, all mankind fell into a sinful state and became enemies of God and slaves to sin. And that man is not a free being, but is corrupted by sin, and of himself is completely unable to cure his lost, sinful, and condemned condition. (Genesis 1:26,27; John 3:36; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; 6;17, 18; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
    b. That there is an eternal state of man. There will be a bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; John 5:28,29; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16,17; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13).

  8. That salvation is completely the grace of God. Salvation represents the whole loving and righteous work of God whereby he rescues sinful man and frees him from everlasting destruction and the fate of sin, and bestows on him the treasures of his divine grace, both in the present sense and the eternal sense; eternal (quality) life now and eternal glorification to come. This salvation to lost mankind is through God’s supernatural grace accomplished at Calvary. And the lost sinner by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment of believing, receives the full and complete forgiveness of sins forever, based solely on the New covenant sacrifice which is the precious blood
    of Christ shed at Calvary. (Romans 3:10-4:8; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10-18; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18,19).

  9. That at the moment of salvation, the believing sinner is secured and perfected forever. Once saved, or born again, the believer in Christ is now perfected in God’s sight, is in God’s hand, and is kept and sanctified by God's power. The believing sinner now called a saint, is chosen, called, adopted, forgiven, justified, sanctified, sealed, secure in Christ today and for all eternity based solely on God’s infinite grace. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:3-13; 2:8-10; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Hebrews 10: 14; I Peter 1:5).

  10. That every believer possesses two opposing natures. At salvation the believer is given new life (a new nature) in Jesus Christ, while still possessing a fleshly (carnal, adamic) nature opposed to God. Yet God has provided victory of the new nature over the old nature through the indwelling power
    of the Holy Spirit.
    Note: Teachings of the eradication of the old nature while yet abiding in unregenerate bodies are to be considered unbiblical, along with teachings making allowance for the carrying out of the lusts of the flesh. (Romans 6:13; 8:12,13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9).

  11. That all believers in Christ should practice biblical holiness & separation. All saints should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach and shame upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His infallible Word. And that separation should be practiced in regards to all religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations not meeting the standards set forth in the Word of God. (I Peter 1:15, 16; II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:11; Genesis 2:24; 19:5-13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).

  12. That it is the responsibility & joy of the saved to witness by word & practice. By proclaiming the gospel of Christ to the lost; teaching the converted to observe the New Testament scriptural commands, and to follow the Lord in baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, all within the fellowship of a Bible practicing local church (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; II Corinthians 5:19,20).

  13. That Jesus Christ in this period of time is building His church. The church is the body and bride of Christ; it is His spiritual creation and masterpiece made up of all born-again peoples of this present age. It is the church’s responsibility to reproduce itself within the framework of the Holy Scriptures, both near and abroad. The church is to be self-governing and live within the parameters of the New Covenant as revealed in the New Testament Texts, and is responsible to carry out the two New Covenant ordinances; the believer’s water baptism testifying to a complete salvation, and the Lord’s Supper commemorating the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ as defined in Scripture.
    The church is not to follow the Mosaic Law or the commands of Moses which were given to the people of Israel, for Christ has set the New Covenant believer free from the Law. (Matthew 28:19,20; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7, 13; 11:23-26;12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2; 13:1-4; Acts 2:41; 14:27; 15:19-31; 20:17, 28-32; Romans 7:1-6; Colossians 2:9-15; I Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11; Romans 16:1-4; I Peter 5:1-4).

  14. That the nation of Israel is God’s chosen covenant people. Based on the promises that God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Israel will one day be a blessed nation under the rule of their Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore Israel is distinct from the church and will one day again be a blessed covenant people following the time period of the Gentiles/church. This future blessing of Israel will literally take place according to the many irrevocable promises made throughout the Holy Scriptures in specific reference to Israel. Those who bless Israel will be blessed also. (Gen 12:1-3; 28:13-15; Jeremiah 30:18-24; Romans 11:28-29; Jeremiah 31:31-37; Acts 1:6-8; Romans 11:25-27).

"Now to the King etemal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." - 1 Timothy 1:17