About The Bible
We believe that the Bible is fully inspired by God, that it is entirely trustworthy and that it is our guide for faith and life. We emphasize the application of God’s Word in our teaching as we encourage one another to be both hearers and doers of the Word. (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; James 1:22-25; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe God is the Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God always was and always will be. He is completely good, knows all things, and has all power and majesty. God exists eternally as the Trinity in three persons yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 12:13; Psalm 100:5; Isaiah 42:5; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-5; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 1:8)
We believe that God expressed Himself in human form through Jesus Christ. Jesus, fully God and fully man, was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. We believe He was crucified for the sins of all people, rose again from the dead and then ascended to heaven. Jesus rules as Head over the Church, sits at the right hand of God interceding for us and will return a second time to the earth for his people. (John 1:1-2,14; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20,22-23; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; 9:28; 1 John 2:2; 3:5)
We believe that all people are created to live in a thriving love relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and experience the sad consequences of that broken relationship. However, because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us and restore our relationship with God through Jesus’ death in our place on the cross. We receive the gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting (changing our mind and heart) of our sin and placing faith in Jesus alone. The ongoing transformation of our lives becomes the outward evidence of Christ’s saving work in our lives. (John 3:3,16; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 5:8-21; 10:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 1:7-10; 3:1)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is sent from God to live in all who place their faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit teaches, comforts and leads the believer into all truth. We believe that the gifts of the Spirit are for today and find their best expression in those believers who are also growing in the fruits of the Spirit. Through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, a believer’s life becomes more like Jesus. (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:4-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-31 & 14; 2 Corinthians 3:17,18; Galatians 5:22-25)
About the Church
We believe that the church exists as a community of worshipers who serve others and bring the love and hope of Jesus to the hurting world around us. We believe that the church is a people who, empowered by God’s Spirit, are helping others find faith, freedom and wholeness in Christ. The church is one global community but has smaller, local expressions, such as Mosaic Rockford. Each local church expression has a unique personality, and we see beauty in that diversity. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 8:31-32; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:24-25)
About Human Destiny
We believe in a literal heaven and hell and in a death that seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each person. Although it is not God’s desire for any to perish apart from Him, hell is the place reserved for those who reject faith in Jesus Christ, His Son. Those who have trusted in Christ will be received into the Kingdom of God and will be rewarded for works done in life on earth. (2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:27-28; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 20:11-15)
What does the Bible tell us about Communion?
It was established by Jesus Christ before His death.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) You can capture the essence of what communion is in one word, “remember”. Jesus is asking us to take the bread and drink from the cup so we won’t forget who He is and what He did for us on the cross. He knew that the pace of life and the challenges we face, as well as life’s heartbreaks, could converge and cause our memory to fade concerning the importance of what Christ has done for us. Our memory fades, so does our worship, and so does our wonder.
It is for believers who are prepared to remember the Lord.
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. (1 Cor 11:27-30) You do not have to be a regular attender at Mosaic to participate in communion, however, you do need to be a follower of Christ walking in right relationship with Him.
It includes bread, which represents His body, God coming in the flesh, and the cup, which represents Christ’s blood, shed on the cross for our forgiveness of sin.
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16-17) The bread and the cup are symbols or reminders that picture our salvation. Communion is a picture of His sacrificial death to secure salvation for us. Some church traditions believe the elements literally become the body and blood of Christ. We do not believe the Bible teaches this, but rather that the bread and cup are symbols to help us remember Him.
It is a time to remember Christ and our new relationship with God through faith in Him.
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:25) A covenant means an “arrangement made by one party which the other party involved can accept or reject but cannot alter.” God, the “arranger” of the new covenant, was offering through His Son a new and better way. We can accept or reject His offer. But we can’t alter it. When we receive Christ there is much to celebrate. Communion reminds us that God choose us (Eph. 1:4-5), Christ’s substitutionary death saves us (Rom. 5:7-8), His Spirit heals us (Eph. 1:13-14) and His steadfast love sustains us (Rom. 8:38-39)
It anticipates Christ’s return and we will practice communion until He comes again.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Cor 11:26)
How often do we celebrate communion?
The Bible does not say how often it should be celebrated but the book of Acts indicates that the early church partook of the elements frequently and that the experience typically included a time of teaching, fellowship together and prayer. (Acts 2:42) Mosaic celebrates communion one Sunday every month.
Can children participate in the communion service?
Children are welcome to participate in communion. Mosaic believes that participation in communion is an individual decision. The church doesn’t decide for you or for your children. You determine the readiness of a child to participate. We encourage each parent to spend time with their children and explain the wonder and significance of this service. We suggest the following questions, based on God’s directives, as a guideline for discerning a child’s readiness:
- Has your child made a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ as his or her Savior and Lord?
- Have you explained to your child the meaning behind the elements or the communion service? Does your child demonstrate an age appropriate understanding of the symbolism involved in the communion service?
- Has your child requested to participate? If so, do the reasons behind the request reflect a biblical understanding of the communion service?
Answering “yes” to these questions, indicates a clear understanding of His death and resurrection and a readiness to participate in the communion service.
If you would like a pastor to assist you in clarifying the meaning of communion, please call the church office.
About Water Baptism
The Great Commission
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.” (Matt 28:18-20)
Baptism is a visible sign of: One’s decision to believe in and follow Jesus as Lord and Savior of his of her life and a commitment to an ongoing personal relationship with Him. At the moment of baptism, a believer makes both a personal and public commitment to Christ. We were given these instructions that continue to this very day.
The meaning of Baptism
Baptism is a symbol of one’s union by faith with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Rom 6:3-4)
Why be Baptized?
- To follow the example of Jesus Christ. “Jesus . . . was baptized by John in the Jordan” Mark 1:9-11
- To obey Christ. He instructed His disciples to: Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- To identify with Christ in His death and His life, “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Rom. 6:4
- To continue the pattern followed by the New Testament church “many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
Baptism demonstrates our loyalty and obedience to Christ and His Word. “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3
Who should be Baptized?
A careful study of the New Testament indicates that every believer should be baptized. In the Bible, a person first “repented” of sin (admitted sin and turned away from it) and “believed” (put their faith and trust) in Christ for the forgiveness of sin and then was baptized.
The people who heard the Apostle Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” and Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized every one of you . . .” Acts 2:37-38
Their response was “Those who accepted his message were baptized” Acts 2:41
The early church obeyed the Lord’s command in Matthew 28:19-20 to baptize those what come to Christ. Jews were baptized (Acts 2:41-42); Samaritans were baptized (Acts 8:12); Gentiles (non-Jews) were baptized (Acts 10:44-48); the Apostle Paul was baptized (Acts 9:18) to name just a few examples. In all cases, belief in Christ and His finished work at the Cross proceeded baptism.
But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12-13)
I was baptized as an infant. Should I be baptized again?
At Mosaic, we baptize people when they have an understanding of the message of Jesus, what He did for us, and that they put their trust in him for and pledge to following Him. Infants and children are dedicated to the Lord according to the pattern of scripture in hopes that some day they will make a decision to follow Christ and be baptized.
In every instance of baptism in the new testament, baptism follows faith. If you were baptized as an infant and have since become a believer in Christ, then you should be baptized again by immersion. This is an expression of your faith in Christ and not an expression of your parent’s faith in having you baptized as an infant. Your choice to be baptized is an opportunity to proclaim Christ as Lord of your life based upon your decision to follow Him.
When should I be baptized?
There is no reason to delay. As soon as an individual confesses his or her faith in Christ, he or she should publicly identify with Christ in water baptism.
So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. (Acts 8:35-38)
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. (Acts 16:31-34)
If you would like a pastor to assist you in clarifying the meaning of communion, please call the church office.