What We Believe
 

Theological Beliefs

  • The sole basis of Mayfield Church centers on the witness, teaching and Spirit of God in Jesus Christ.
  • There is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each possessing all the attributes of Deity.
  • God created women and men to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way.
  • We need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him.
  • Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute.
  • Salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ — and is a gift that cannot be attained through human effort.
  • Salvation must be received personally by repentance and faith.
  • Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.

 The Spirit of God is alive, aware and active in our everyday lives.

 

Lifestyle Beliefs

  • The Bible – both Old and New Testaments — is uniquely God-inspired, infallible, culturally and historically relevant, and the authority on all matters of faith and practice.
  • The “red letters” in the Gospels are a priority – for they are the words, teaching and calling of Jesus to the church.
  • We consider the Wesleyan Quadrilateral of Scripture, tradition, reason and experience important to daily Christian living and lifestyle. John Wesley “believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason” – with Scripture serving as the primary source. Wesley saw the Quadrilateral not merely as prescriptive of how one should form beliefs, but also descriptive of how one should live out the Christian faith.
  • Leading people to Christ is a process – and it is the most important thing we do as a church.
  • Full devotion in the practice of Christian disciplines is the norm for a Christ-follower (i.e. weekly worship, generosity, servanthood, study and fellowship, or as we so often verbalize it in Methodist circles ,“prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness”).
  • Love and understanding is to be the paramount motivation of the church, not guilt, shame, judgment or coercion.
  • The Christian life and lifestyle is to focus on both personal and social holiness.