The aim of the Messenger Church of God is to follow Jesus Christ in practicing and teaching the original Christianity of Jesus and the apostles of the New Testament. As a Church it is our aim to grow toward the perfection God wants us to be growing into (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 4:13-15).
Jesus commanded the Church to take the message of his word — the gospel of the kingdom of God — to the entire world, and to nurture those responding to the message (Matthew 28:19-20). We intend to vigorously pursue that work as God makes the necessary resources available to us.
We are confident that if we do our part fruit will be born to God’s glory (John 15:8; 1 Corinthians 3:7). As Christ instructed, we are also praying for more laborers — faithful Christians committed to the truth — to be sent to the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).
We acknowledge that the true Church of God is a spiritual body made up of those whose names are registered in heaven (Hebrews 12:23), and is not identical with any human organization of men. We thus make no claim to be the only Church fellowship representing Christ on the earth, but we have come together to fellowship with one another in the Father and Jesus Christ, endeavoring to faithfully follow the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:3-7).
We recognize Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, its chief apostle, and sovereign ruler (Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 3:1). Jesus Christ is the sole mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Each member of the Church has direct access to God’s throne through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19-22). Each member is being judged individually by Jesus Christ, and each will give account of himself as an individual to God (Romans 2:6; 14:11-12).
The Church is governed in accordance with Biblical principles, understanding that the ministry, while entitled to respect and cooperation in the legitimate discharge of their duties, is required to be faithful to God and his word. Authority in the ministry is not absolute but is limited by God’s word to those actions which are in accord with God’s word and which edify the body of Christ. Failing that, members are under no obligation to continue in fellowship with them (Hebrews 13:7, 18; Deuteronomy 13:1-4, 18:20-22; Isaiah 8:20; Jeremiah 23:28, 32; Acts 5:29).
The ultimate and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and practice is the Holy Bible – the Old and New Testaments – correctly understood.
In terms of outreach, the mission of the Church is to continue to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and the original apostles, proclaiming the true gospel – God’s word – faithfully, and teaching obedience to his commandments (Matthew 28:18-20; John 8:31).
Our literature is offered free of charge. Literature published by the Church on our website(s) or through other means is copyrighted. But we do not object to persons sharing it with others, as long as they do so without charge, and without alteration, and with all copyright notices intact.
The work of the Church is supported by the prayers and participation of its members and associates, striving to be “lights” to others through their example (Matthew 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:9-12). Our financial support is provided through the freely given tithes and offerings of our members, co-workers, and donors. We welcome voluntary contributions in support of the work of proclaiming the gospel.
Contributions are gratefully acknowledged. In the United States, donations to legitimate Churches are deductible from Federal income taxes, by law (1). Our mailing address is:
Messenger Church of God
PO Box 542
Peculiar, MO 64078
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1. Note Concerning Tax Deductible Contributions:
In the United States financial donations by an individual to churches and certain other organizations are tax-deductible to the extent that the aggregate of such contributions does not exceed 50 percent of the taxpayer’s contribution base (adjusted gross income) for the taxable year (26 USC 170).
Section 508(c) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that churches are not required to apply for recognition of Section 501(c)(3) status in order to be exempt from federal taxation or to receive tax deductible contributions. Churches are automatically exempt from Federal income tax, in accordance with the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States. “Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (U.S. Constitution, First Amendment). Contributions to churches are deductible by donors under 26 USC 170.