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Beliefs

This page is designed to educate and inform students about our organization and simplified statements of our beliefs. These will be helpful to you if you are considering deeper involvement and commitment to our ministry. Agreement with these is not required for participation and involvement especially if you are exploring Christianity and a relationship with God. We welcome you, all of your questions and doubts, concerns and issues. We will treat you and your faith journey with the greatest respect. We hope you give us an opportunity to earn your trust and value your friendship.


This section is intended to be simplified statement of belief and not exhaustive statements. If you are concerned about our doctrinal positions you may inquire with your specific questions to director@mizzoubsu.org.

  • about God

    • We believe that God is! 
    • That He is the creator of all that is!
    • That He rules!
    • That He knows!
    • That He cares!
    • That He is able to do anything He chooses!
    • That He alone is God and shares his reign with no one!
    • That He reveals His will to those seeking to follow it!
  • about Jesus

    • He is fully God without weakness.
    • He was fully human without sin.
    • He died for humanity’s redemption.
    • His gift is forgiveness and salvation to anyone who turns to him in repentance, belief and trust.
    • He is man’s only hope for righteousness and redemption with God.
    • He requires faith that is observed by obedience.
  • about the Holy Spirit

    • He is God.
    • He is our comforter & encourager.
    • He reminds us of God’s work & words.
    • He reminds us of who’s we are and how we should live our lives.
    • He is the indwelling presence of God in our lives.
    • He is God’s down payment of eternity and our promise that what God starts in us, He is able to finish.
  • about Scripture (the Bible)

    • It is the only accurate & authoritative record of God’s nature, His actions, and His message to humanity. 
    • It is the only accurate and trustworthy account of God’s interactions with humanity.
    • God uses it to actively communicate with to us today, in our situations and in our culture; through our reading, study and personal application of the Bible. 
    • The Bible is our sole authority concerning all things moral & ethical. It is our guidebook for life.
    • It is all sufficient as our only means of instruction for living our lives in a God honoring manner. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 2 Tim. 3:16.
    • Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. Tim. 2:15.
    • Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8 (New Living Translation).
    • For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4.
  • about the church

    • The term used of all Christ-followers and also referred to as the corporate expression of a localized group of Christ-followers who meet together for encouragement, worship, biblical instruction, and organized ministry and service to others.
    • The church is the most powerful force on earth because it is empowered and commissioned by God for His purposes. 
    • The church is designed to be functioning body of Christ on earth and as such, the hope of the world.
  • about humanity's design

    • We believe that we are created beings, designed by a loving God for relationship with Him.
    • We believe that this relationship is ultimately our deepest need and our greatest joy.
    • We believe that only in understanding our need for God and knowing His design for us that we find our true purpose in life and thus peace and soul satisfaction.
    • We believe that God desires that we choose to freely respond and relate to Him by loving Him, obeying Him and trusting Him.
    • We believe that humanity was designed to live with God without end, enjoying Him and being in His presence forever.
  • about humanity's dilemma

    • We believe that we are incapable through our own will and initiative of required obedience, trust and reciprocal love. The Bible calls this problem sin.
    • Sin is the failure of humanity to live life by God’s standards and values.
    • Sin is visible by our actions, choices and attitudes but the problem is much deeper than that. The problem that we face is not that we sin (actions, choices, and attitudes), but that we are sinners. We are not sinners because we do these things; rather we do these things because we are sinners. Understanding this is very important. It is not what we do that makes us what we are. Rather, it is what we are that makes us do what we do! Sin is a part of our nature, reaching to the core of our being. Knowing this, the solution is not found in changing what we do, but changing who we are. This is beyond our ability to do. Can the leopard change his spots?
    • Sin is a fatal flaw in all of us. We cannot do anything by ourselves, in our own power, to overcome it or correct it. Isa. 59:1-2, Romans 3:23.
  • about humanity's destiny

    • Sin’s final result has both spiritual and physical consequences. It results in our separation from God and our destruction, spiritually through separation from God forever (in this life and the next -- remember we were created for eternity) and physically through death in this life.
    • Therefore we are flawed creation designed for relationship with our Creator but incapable of such and unable, on our own, to fix our problem. We know in our soul that there is something else, something wrong, we have longings that cannot be filled by any human relationship, any purchased possession, and any pleasure that life has to offer. We either long for re-connection through a restored relationship with our creator or we seek to deny the problem and rationalize to our own deception, that there is no problem; we even become angry with God because there is a problem. Those efforts are evident in our search for meaning, peace, and “work hard to be good” religions, or they are evident in our denial of God’s existence. Ultimately, all our attempts by our own power fail. We seek other things as solutions only to find hollow substitutes. We long to fill the God-shaped void in our souls only to remain empty, detached, alone and wanting. Heb. 9:27, Romans 6:23.
  • about humanity's rescue

    • Since we are incapable of bridging the broken relationship with our Creator from our side of the separation, the only hope for us is that the Creator provides a solution from His side. Christians refer to this solution as the “Gospel” which means “good news."
    • The good news is that God addressed the problem of sin by sending His son, Jesus to be the solution.
    • We believe that Jesus was the complete embodiment of God and completely human. In other words, He was fully God and fully human.
    • We believe that He experienced humanity fully -- our hurt, our hunger, our feelings, our temptations, our desires, our joys and our sorrows. He became one of us. The incarnation -- that the word became flesh. John 1:14.
    • We believe that He did what we could not. We believe that Jesus completely obeyed God His father, that He fully trusted God His father, and that He totally loved God His father. Therefore, we believe that Jesus lived a fully human life without failure or sin. Jesus fully exceeded God’s standards and embodied God’s values. God was completely pleased and satisfied with Him.
    • We believe that in addition to Jesus living a life without fault and meeting all of God’s expectations that He choose to offer Himself and His life as a substitution for us. (Substitutionary Atonement) In other words, Jesus who had no faults or failing who met every expectation of God for humanity, freely offered Himself to be our substitution and receive our judgment, (spiritual separation and physical death) from God. In essence, we believe that Jesus was willing to insert Himself in our place and experience the consequences of OUR sin. 
    • By doing so, He releases us from the ultimate consequences of our sin and flawed nature. In simple terms, we had a debt we could not pay, and because of His love for God and us, He paid a debt He did not owe. Romans 5:8, John 1:29.
  • about humanity's only requirement

    • In a word… respond. Respond to God’s offer of forgiveness, re-connection and relationship.
    • Since we are incapable of solving our problem and since Jesus Christ provided the full and complete solution and since His solution is offered to any who want it regardless of rank, stature, health, wealth, privilege, lifestyle, parentage, race, nationality, culture, sexual preference, political affiliation, personal appearance or societal significance. Then, Man’s only need is to ask that God’s solution be applied individually to our lives. A gift that is offered is just that… offered, until it is personally received and taken into possession. The same is true for God’s gift to us… we simply need to receive it for ourselves. 1 John 1:9, John 5:24.
    • Receiving God’s solution to our problem involves these elements: Acknowledging that you have failed to meet God’s requirements and you are separated from Him.
    • Realizing that you cannot meet God’s requirements, regardless of intent or effort on your part. You cannot be good enough to restore the relationship and please God.
    • Voicing your desire to have a restored relationship with your creator.
    • Understanding that your only hope of a restored relationship with God rests in what Jesus did for you on the Cross.
    • Asking Jesus for (to take possession of) the free gift that He offers which results in your forgiveness and re-connection with God.
    • Giving up control and asking Jesus to be the leader of your life from here on. Expressing your desire to be the person that he created. Expressing your desire to please Him by your trust, actions, and attitude. Offering your life to Him as gratitude for Him offering His life for you. Loving Him, and loving those who need to find the same hope, reconnection and relationship with God that you now have. A relationship that is not based on what we do for God, but because of what God did for us through Jesus.