OUR MISSION

THE MISSION OF ARAC IS TO LOVE JESUS BY AUTHENTICALLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND ONE ANOTHER, AND BY SHARING THE GOSPEL GLOBALLY.



OUR VISION

We see our church as a place where everyone is someone and Christ Jesus is Lord.

Psalm 139:14 - "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

 

Philippians 2:11 - "Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

We see our church fulfilling the great commission through unity in the body of Christ because our oneness will encourage the world to believe.

John 17:21 - "I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one - as You are in me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent me."

We see our church as a place where all people can grow in authentic community with one another and show hospitality to people of all walks of life as we actively love one another.

II Peter 3:18 - "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

 

John 17:21 - “That all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You.”

 

Hebrews 13:2 - “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have   entertained angels without realizing it!”

We see our church as a place where people are saved, discipled, and empowered to serve in the church and throughout the community for the glory of God.

II Timothy 2:2 - “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”

We see our church as being passionate for Christ and therefore demonstrating a compassionate heart for all who are needy and hurting, demonstrating that we are truly “for” our community.

Matther 9:30 - “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

We see our church as being a Holy Spirit-empowered people who rely totally on Christ as we embrace each other and our community with humility, grace, and truth.

Matthew 5:30 - “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

 

Matthew 22:39 - “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We see our church as a transformative movement in the city of Seaford and the communities of central Delmarva by establishing seven (7) new groups which will become stable satellite churches impacting their own communities as well as reaching unreached people groups at home and abroad.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing     them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


OUR BELIEFS

What the C&MA believes about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him is foundational in its teachings. We whole heartedly serve God and the people of His world, based soundly on the Bible. We live and die by these words and believe they bring the only life worth living - one wholly committed to the King Jesus!

There is one God,(1) who is infinitely perfect,(2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(3)

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11)

[4] Philippians 2:6–11, [5] Luke 1:34–38, [6] 1 Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9, [9] Acts 2:23–24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64

The Holy Spirit is a divine person,(12) sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14)

[12] John 14:15–18, [13] John 16:13; Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7–11

 The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.(15)

[15] 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:15–16

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God:(16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20)

[16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20–23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1–4

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.(21)

[21] Titus 3:4–7

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly,(22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.(23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.(24)

[22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1–14

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.(26)

[25] Matthew 8:16–17, [26] James 5:13–16

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.(28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.(29)

[27] Ephesians 1:22–23, [28] Matthew 28:19–20, [29] Acts 2:41–47

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;(30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.(31)

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent(32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.(33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.(34)

[30] 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, [31] John 5:28–29, [32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11–14