What We Believe
Maple Hill church of Christ believes the Holy Scriptures are the revealed will of God, and the New Testament as the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
One Inspired Word
We believe and accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit; the only and perfect order of our faith and manner of living, superior to conscience and reason; to which nothing can be added or taken away, the Gospel of which is the power of God unto Salvation to believers. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Rom. 1:16)
One True God
We believe there is only one living and true God, eternal, with unlimited power, Creator of all things who is revealed in the Bible; and in the one God, the Bible describes three distinct persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:4-6; Matt. 28:19; 1 John 5:7, 1 John 4:2, 1 Cor. 12:4-6)
One Savior, Jesus
We believe that the historical, Biblical, Jesus Christ was God made flesh, born of the Virgin Mary; and that He reigns as the only Savior having suffered death in reality as a propitiation for the actual sins of repenting mankind. (John 1:14; Lk. 1:27-35; 1 Peter 3:18)
We believe the true church of Christ is both a universal and local body of Christians which consists exclusively of those persons, who by reason of Faith in Jesus as God’s Son, Confession of his name before men, Baptism in water and the resultant New Birth and infusion of God’s Grace, are “In Christ Jesus”.
Satan, the Enemy
We believe in the real and actual existence of a devil who seeks the control of mankind through obvious and devious ways, against which the Christian must daily fortify himself while on this earth; although Satan and his hosts are finally destined for eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. (Isa. 14:12; 2 Peter 2:4; Eph. 6:11-18; Dan. 10:12,13; 1 Pet. 5:8,9; 2 Cor. 11:14; James 4:7; Matt. 25:41)
The Fall of Man
We believe Man was created and is born good and upright, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” But man, by voluntary transgression, falls, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom.5:12-21)
Conditions of Salvation – We believe that Salvation is in the Person, Jesus Christ, alone and that the New Birth, without which man “cannot enter the kingdom of God,” is experienced through “repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ, confession of His name as God’s Son and Baptism in Water” (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11; John 3:5; Acts 20:21; John 1:12,13)
The Evidence of Salvation – We believe the Outward Evidence to other Christians is a life exemplifying the Fruit of the Spirit but the Outward Evidence to the world at large is the love we have for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Conditions – We believe Biblical baptism to be the seal of entering a new covenant, not only symbolic as a burial into Christ, but also instrumental as the moment God has chosen to impart saving grace, in response to our faith and because of His love; and that baptism must be entered into by all who have repented of their sins and truly believe in Christ as the only Savior who died for their sins and the one Lord who lives to sustain them. Having been baptized in water for the remission of one’s sins will be one key test of full fellowship with, and membership in, this congregation.
Administration – We believe a single full body immersion of believers in water should be administered in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Rom. 6:4)
The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements bread and the fruit of the vine, the symbols of the body and blood of our Lord, should be observed weekly by believers as a memorial of His suffering and death, as a witness to the unity of all obedient believers in Christ, and as a statement of our belief in His Second Coming. (I Cor. 11:20; Matt. 26:16-29; I Cor. 10:16, 17)
Our Purpose / Mission
To Glorify God
- To establish and maintain a fellowship/brotherhood, place of Christian education and Christian worship (John 4:23), work (Mark 13:34), and fellowship (l John 1:3), for all people irrespective of race, social position or worldly possessions. (James 2:1-9; Acts 10:34; Heb. 10:25) (While there is neither male nor female in Christ Jesus, we do understand that God has established different roles for men and women in the public assembly and corporate worship of the Lord’s Church. These roles have been recorded by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I Cor. 14:34, 35, “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church” I Tim 3: 9-15). It will remain our intention to follow that direction of the New Testament to the best of our ability, when scheduling and planning corporate worship services.
Mutual Edification, Spiritual Growth, Equipping the Saints
– To provide a program in order that believers in Christ may be:
trained/equipped for the work of the ministry,
built up as a collective group,
united in like precious faith.
matured in the knowledge of the Son of God Himself,
transformed into a closer character likeness to Jesus,
instructed in righteousness and doctrinal belief, and increased in Christian zeal.
To Seek and Save the Lost
- To pursue with missionary zeal the evangelization of all people both at home and abroad (Luke 14:21-23; Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15) through the simple presentation of the Word of God (1 Cor. 1:21).
To establish and maintain such organization
as may be found in the Bible by example, command or necessary inference, or as may be expedient but not contrary to the New Testament, and needed for the propagation of the Gospel and the work and service of this Church.
Baptism for the remission of sins by Immersion in Water
(Matt.28:19), shall be administered to all those who have repented of their sins, and who believe and confess the Son-ship and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and such full body immersion of believing adults shall become one test of full fellowship by this congregation. (Rom. 6:4-5)
The Lord’s Supper shall be weekly observed,
as enjoined in the Scriptures. (Lk. 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26, Acts 20:7)
Prayer for the sick
- The sick should be prayed for regularly, and upon the request of the sick, or members of their family, prayer shall be coupled with the anointing with oil and laying of hands by the elders,. (Mk. 16:18; James 5:14)
Sealing of Marriage between an eligible man and an eligible woman.
Eligibility for marriage at the Maple Hill facility or by an Elder or Minister of Maple Hill shall be determined by meeting both legal requirements and the requirements of the Holy Scripture. The determination of the elders, concerning meeting or not meeting, the requirements of the Holy Scriptures shall be binding and without recourse.
for the dead with a celebration of life.
Worship in a manner exemplified in the New Testament
to include: the singing of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs (With the heart involvement of the worshiper and without the use of instrumental music), Prayer, Preaching/teaching from God’s Word, Partaking of the Lord’s Supper, Giving or laying by in store from the monetary means as each member has been prospered.