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While the doctrines expressed in the Statement of Basic Beliefs are recognized to be universal and primary within the Church, there are a number of secondary beliefs that we are passionate to proclaim. Not all Christians hold these beliefs, but they are nonetheless important and true as we understand the Scriptures. Complete agreement is not required for the sake of collaboration with the MOTE organization, but it should be known that we will preach, teach and counsel in accordance with these convictions.

 

These distinctives represent five areas of doctrine and practice:

Divine Sovereignty

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Complementary Roles of Men and Women

Believer’s Baptism by Immersion

The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy
 

Below are summaries of our convictions on these topics.

Divine Sovereignty

God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God’s rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in God’s eternal decree of election. Though man is responsible for his sin, God is ultimately and entirely responsible for drawing those He would save unto Himself and overcoming their natural resistance to the gospel (Psalm 115:3135:6Ephesians 1:3-14Romans 8:26-9:23Philippians 1:291 Thessalonians 2:13).

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit speaking through the Scriptures (Romans 12:3-81 Corinthians 12-14Ephesians 4:1-16).

 

The Complementary Role of Men and Women

Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value but are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our joy (1 Corinthians 11:2-1614:33-35Ephesians 5:22-33Colossians 3:18-191 Timothy 2:8-151 Peter 3:1-7).

 

Believer’s Baptism by Immersion

Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We also baptize by immersion because it is the original meaning of the word and best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points: our death and resurrection in Christ (Matthew 28:18-20Acts 2:38Romans 6:1-11).

 

The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy

We believe that man’s greatest joy is found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of Him is one of the chief means by which He is glorified (Psalm 16:1137:4Matthew 13:44John 15:11Philippians 3:8Hebrews 11:6).