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 a 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. We believe that a building doesn’t make a church but instead people make the church. At Mercy City Church Everyone. Always. Belongs. The reach of the church goes beyond its four walls into the city and around the world where God has placed us.
Matt & Carrie have four AMAZING children; Cooper (16), Eli (14), Emery (14), and Lilah Jane (10). As a family, they love spending time being active, mostly baseball/softball and bike rides. 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’re better together
- Discipleship – It’s not about perfection, it’s about pursuit
- Evangelism – Found people find people
- Servanthood – Saved people serve people
- Generosity – Giving is the bridge to change
- Worship – It’s 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).
JESUS INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
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).
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).
Healing of the sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
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).