The doctrinal position of Mountainside Bible Chapel and Mountainside Christian Academy is taught in all Academy chapels and Bible classes.
While MCA accepts students who may not be in total agreement with the Academy’s doctrinal position, MCA does expect students and parents to cooperate fully with the teachings of the Academy.
1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the verbally, plenarily, inspired Word of God, His revelation to man, inerrant in the original writings, and that it is therefore the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and life (II Timothy 3:16-17).
2. The Trinity of the Godhead
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
3. The Preexistence, Deity, and Incarnation of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ ever existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit, that in His incarnation was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man (John 1:1-19; I Timothy 3:16).
4. The Creation and Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are totally depraved; that those who reach moral responsibility become accountable for thought, word, and deed, and that they must be born again to be accepted of God (Romans 5:12, 3:10; John 3:1-21).
5. The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ
We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe that our Lord ascended into heaven, that He is now seated on the right hand side of the Father. We believe that by His finished word on the cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in glory, Jesus Christ has procured for every believer Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation and Everlasting Life (I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 5:9; John 3:16; John 20:27; Mark 16:19; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 8:1, 9:12, 5:9, 7:25).
6. The Personality and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement, and that He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God, that He permanently indwells the church and the body of each believer. He seals, enlightens, instructs and guides every born-again person, and is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service and spiritual worship (John 16:7-15, 3:5-7, 14:16, 17, 26; I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 4:30).
We believe that the Holy Spirit equips every believer for ministry in the Body of Christ by bestowing gifts: However, some of the gifts, such as the sign of gifts and revelatory gifts were temporary and are not for this present day (Romans 12:1-8; I Corinthians 13:8).
7. The Nature of the Church
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was begun at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended from heaven and came into the church, that it is composed solely of born-again people who have been called out from among Jews and Gentiles to become the body and bride of our Lord. Christ, glorified in heaven, is its Head, and the Holy Spirit on earth is the active agent of the God-head, who ever seeks within its ranks, to bring about conformity and obedience to the Word of God and the will of God. Being one body unites believers to each other and all to Christ, and its chief purpose of existence is to evangelize the world and complete itself through the winning of lost souls to Christ. The Church is under the direct control of God through His appointed leaders and not under the control of civil authorities when in opposition to the Word of God (Acts 2; Romans 1:16; Acts 1:8, 15:14; Ephesians 5:23, 24; I Corinthians 12:12, 13; Mark 16:15; Luke 20:25; Acts 5:29).