STATEMENT OF FAITH & CORE VALUES
MTM is “the church of the infinite quest”, that believes the following statements to be true according to the infallible Word of the One true and living God.
We Believe (Tenets):
- THE BIBLE
The Bible to be inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. the only basis for our faith and fellowship (Christian living). (2 Timothy 3:15-17;2 Peter 1:21)
- THE ONE TRUE GOD
There is one God; eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).(I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:9; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6 Genesis 1:1; Mathew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- MAN’S DEPRAVED NATURE:
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation, which has been provided for all men through Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23-26; I Corinthians 6:11; Isaiah 53:6)
- THE SAVIOUR
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in the blessed hope of His personal, visible future return to this Earth to receive to Himself His Blood-bought Church that it may be with Him forever. (Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:5, 7; John 1:1, 14; Luke 3:22; John 10:30; Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2,10,14; Revelation 1:13,17)
- REPENTANCE, REGENERATION, JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION:
We believe that all men have to repent of and confess their sins before God, and believe in the vicarious death of Jesus Christ to be justified before God. We believe in the sanctification of the believer through the working of the Holy Spirit and in God’s gift of eternal life to the believer (Luke 15:7; Acts 2: 38; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Thess .4: 3).
In all the Ordinances of the Church, i.e. In the water baptism(Matthew 3:13); the observance of the Lord Supper(I Corinthians 11:23-26); Blood of sprinkling(Hebrews 12:24); washing of the saints’ feet(1 Timothy 5:10);Mantles(1 Kings 19:19-21; Acts 19:12);Anointing oil(James 5:14;Mark 6:13);Many others as the lord leads(John 21:25).
- BAPTISM, GIFTS AND FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The in-filling of the Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to salvation, and it is the will of God that all be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit or be baptised with the Holy Ghost with evidence of ’Speaking in Tongues’ subsequent to a clean heart. (Acts 2:4; 10:44; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:4-6)
- DIVINE HEALING:
As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including divine healing, are for the church today. (Mark 12:28-31; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Cor. 12:8-10; James 5:14-16; I Peter 2:242 Kings 20:7; Mathew 9:12; Luke 10:34; Colossians 4:14)
- TITHES AND OFFERING:
We believe in tithing and in the giving of free-will offerings towards the cause of carrying forward the Kingdom of God. We believe that God blesses a cheerful giver (Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:6-10; Mathew 23:23; Acts 20:35; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 9:1-9).
- THE SECOND COMING AND THE NEXT LIFE:
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and the Resurrection of the dead, both the saved and the unsaved – they that are saved, to the resurrection of life; and the unsaved, to the resurrection of damnation (Mark 13: 26; Daniel 12:2; John 5: 28-29; Acts 1:11; 24:15; 10:42; Romans 2:7-11; 6:23;Rev 20:11 I Cor.1:2;Ephesians 5:23-24; 1 Thess 4:16-17).
- MARRIAGE AND FAMILY:
MTM believes in the institution of marriage as a union established and ordained by God for the lifelong, intimate relationship between a man as husband and a woman as wife as biologically defined at birth. We believe that God instituted marriage primarily for mutual help, fellowship and comfort that one ought to have for the other and for honourable procreation of children, and their training in love, obedience to the Lord and responsible citizenship. (Genesis 2:18, 21-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:1-2).
It makes people to come and trust Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and serve him in the fellowship of the Church. Evangelism is the responsibility of every Church member. It is the prime duty of every believer to share his/her faith after conversion. The scope of MTM’s evangelism is Africa, extending to the whole world. Evangelism is missions-oriented; Men, women, artisans, fishermen, intellectuals, etc. go out into other countries, preach Christ, open churches and call in ministers to pastor same. Besides, as is the practice of the founder, Pastor Nathaniel, we should respond to all calls to missions as led by the Spirit of the Lord.
Discipleship is training believers to be like Christ with a great emphasis on holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, honesty, sincerity, humility, prayerfulness and the leading of disciplined and responsible lives. This is done at the level of individuals, where every member takes responsibility to discipline their new coverts, as well as through church/corporate based systematic teaching, and on-the-job training. Our teaching emphasizes the four-square gospel, which is Christ-centered: i.e. Jesus the Saviour, Healer, Baptizer and Soon Coming King; the Tenets of the Church; Bible reading/study and scripture memorization and application of the word to life situations.
- MINISTRY EXCELLENCE
We MTM Church seek to honour God who gave His best (the Saviour) by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities (Col. 3:23-24).
- CORE PRACTICES
Some of the normal practices are regular prayer for the Holy Spirit baptism with initial evidence of speaking in tongues. Our emphasis is placed on the fruit and gifts of the Spirit in the life of the believer. Prayers are said for healing and deliverance for the afflicted as part of the initial exercises for salvation. Services are marked as truly Pentecostal with praise and worship, teaching, exercise of gifts, prayer, testimony, etc.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the presence of the person of the Holy Spirit and that the Christian life can be led only with His grace. The new birth is the work of the Holy Spirit, and then the baptism of the Holy Spirit for power to serve and the gifts of the Spirit for building the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps the individual to develop a Christ-like character, manifest through bearing the fruit of the Spirit. The leading of the Holy Spirit in all spheres of activity in the Church is paramount. Administrative structures and all other church distinctiveness have been by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Church, through her leadership at all levels, co-operates in obedience.
Leadership development is based on the apostolic foundation. Appointments and callings into leadership positions are based on character and charisma, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Leadership development is from the shop floor, grass root level with members maturing to lead sub-groups, movements, assemblies, districts and areas. Team spirit with talent development shapes team work. Ministry is by both clergy and laity.
- CHURCH CULTURE
The following distinctive attributes help identify The MTM Church:
- Self-supporting attitude
- Faithfulness and integrity
- Distinctiveness in prayer
- Church discipline without fear or favour irrespective of position, race or colour of members.
- Place of worship based on Spirit and Truth and not necessarily on the Premises.
- Fellowship and liberality.
- Respect for authority.
- Mutual respect and sense of belonging for all members without discrimination based on tribalism, racism, status in the community or nationality.
- Sacrificial service to the Church without expecting pecuniary reward.
- Total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and other hard drugs.
- Encourage church planting.
- Monogamous marriage is enforced as well as chastity before marriage.
Faithfulness in giving offerings and paying tithes to enhance ministry of the Church is emphasized. Periodic teaching on this subject is regarded as very important.The Church and members depend solely on God as the source of financial supply. Borrowing is not encouraged. Usury amongst members is also not encouraged.
- SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
The Church believes in communal living with members supporting one another, and participating in communal work. The Church may also help the entire community by providing social needs such as health services, schools, agriculture as well as donating to the needy in society.
- HOLINESS OF MTM MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
The church upholds holiness of members Unto the Lord in all their endeavours (Rom. 12:1; Heb. 12:14).
- CONSISTENT BIBLE TEACHING– (Acts 2:42a).
- PRAYER OF ALL TYPESe.g. Worship (Adoration); Supplication; Intercession (Eph. 6:18-19; 1 Tim. 2:1-2).
- CHURCH DISCIPLINE:– (2Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 12:7-11)
- Respect for and obedience to authority.
- Submission to corrective measures/policies of the Church.
- Regular fellowship of saints – (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:25)