Pastors Matt & Carrie Erikson are the lead pastors of Mercy City Church in Lincoln, NE. In partnership with ARC, they planted Mercy City in February of 2015 after moving to Nebraska just 7 months earlier. Starting with a handful of people who showed interest in a new church, God has quickly grown Mercy City to a thriving community who sees hundreds worship together each weekend.
Matt and Carrie have heart for Lincoln and to see its people connect to the heart of God and to the house of God. They believe that this will be done by sharing the message of Jesus Christ in a fresh and relevant way. Doing church in a way that help people see that, we ARE THE CHURCH. Making a difference in our everyday lives, everywhere we are. They share a vision for Mercy City, where Everyone. Always. Belongs. Also, where the reach of the church goes beyond its four walls into the city that God has placed them in, as well as around the world.
Matt & Carrie have four AMAZING children; Cooper (15), Eli (13), Emery (13), and Lilah Jane (8). As a family, they love spending time being active, mostly baseball/softball and bike rides (LJ is still learning). Ultimately they just LOVE their city and all things Husker related. They’re excited to see what God will continue to do.
“I must be in my father’s house”…Luke 2:49b These seven word are the basis of our 7 core values… Our heart is to connect people to the heart of God and to His house. We do this by “living the 7”.
- Community – We are better together
- Discipleship – It’s not perfection, it is pursuit
- Evangelism – Found people, find people
- Servanthood – Saved people, serve people
- Generosity – Giving is the bridge to change
- Worship – It is a lifestyle
- Celebration – We attract what We celebrate
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
JESUS INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).