MÂCHÉ’s Mission STATEMENT and Guiding Principles
OUR Mission Statement: We exist to encourage and support Christ-centered home education.
OUR Guiding Principles.
The authority of our organization is the Bible. We conform our lives and the activities of the organization to the principles of the revealed Word of God and to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Recognizing that the local church was established by God as his primary means of advancing his Kingdom, we believe that Christian home educators and leaders of MACHE should be connected to a local church. MACHE will always affirm the central role of the church in the Christian model of home education.
We use our resources wisely to serve the home education community and promote the expansion of Christ-centered home education.
Believing that more can be accomplished when home educating families work together, MACHE encourages connection and cooperation in the home education community.
Everything we do is designed to encourage and equip home educating families with the resources they need to disciple faithful and Godly children.
Our Central Ministry Focus.
In order for MACHE to live out its mission, it will continuously equip parents for home educating through constant communication, conferences and other resources. In addition it will work to safeguard the freedom to home educate.
Our End goal.
The goal of MACHE’s ministry is to see the development of Godly families through the equipping of parents in Christ-centered home education resulting in Godly children who are well educated and equipped for life and service.
MÂCHÉ Statement of Faith
- The Bible is the verbally* inspired, infallible, literal, written, Word of God and constitutes his completed and final revelation to man. It is the sole rule of faith and practice for the believer. The Bible, in its original autographs**, is without error in whole and in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details.
- God has existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, come in human flesh, born of a virgin, being fully God and fully man, except without sin. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- Apart from Christ, all men are in violation of God's righteous requirements and his holy character both by nature and act, and are therefore under his wrath and just condemnation.
- The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was man's redemption, to demonstrate God's all-holy character that he alone is just and the One Who justifies. Jesus Christ alone paid the penalty for man's sin through his substitutionary death on the cross, the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by his subsequent visible, bodily resurrection.
- Salvation is God's free gift to the sinner. By God's grace alone, this gift must be responded to by individual repentance with faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people in this age are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, and associated for worship, work, fellowship, and learning together. We believe that the local church is critical to God's purpose for this age and that every Christian should be accountable to and involved with a local church.
- We believe marriage is a God-ordained institution consisting of the union of one man and one woman.
- We believe God has given parents the responsibility of training and teaching their own children.
* verbally - that is, "every word" of the original writings of the Bible was given by the Holy Spirit who superintended each writer and used the unique background and style of each writer in selecting the precise words God wanted to use. In other words, each writer of the Bible was controlled by the Holy Spirit of God in the choice of the words which he used in communicating divine truth. (Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
** autographs - a person's own handwriting or self-recording. Each writer's original manuscript. Inspiration does not necessarily apply to copies of the original manuscript.
Plan of Salvation
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Savior?
When God created man, he designed him to have perfect fellowship and harmony with himself. The perfection that man enjoyed also gave him the ability to have complete fellowship and harmony with other human beings. In addition to being perfectly created, man was given a will by which he could freely choose to obey God and stay within God's fellowship, or he could choose to disobey God and follow the consequences of an independent course.
God's command to the first man, Adam, was to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord warned him that if he disobeyed and ate it, he would surely die. Death involves separation. Spiritually it means man's spirit is separated from fellowship with God. Physically it means man's soul is separated from his body. Adam chose to disobey God. That act caused him to die and lose his perfect fellowship with God. It also caused him to have a sin nature. By default each individual since that time has inherited the sin nature. That sin nature manifests itself in wrong motives, wrong attitudes and wrong actions. God's perfect justice demands that every person's sin must be judged, and that judgment is to be separated from God for eternity in hell.
The good news is that because God loves the entire world, the Son of God (Jesus Christ) willingly came to earth as a sinless man, perfectly obeyed the Father, and chose to die in man's place to satisfy God's righteous judgment on sin. Christ then miraculously rose from the dead as proof that God's justice had been satisfied. Every person who unreservedly believes in him is cleansed from the penalty of sin.
Salvation is a work of God. An individual is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. No good works of any sort from man can secure salvation. Scriptural faith is always active and never static. It is demonstrated by willing obedience to the Word of God. That means a believer repents (turns from sin), agrees from the heart that Jesus died for him and rose from the dead, is baptized (immersed in water), and has a desire to follow Christ's teachings. That spiritual birth then gives the true believer a new nature empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life that witnesses of the grace and mercy of God.
While it is not necessary to be a Christian to benefit from membership with MÂCHÉ, choosing to become a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ will change your life for good and give you hope for now and eternity. If you have any questions, please contact MACHE at firstname.lastname@example.org.