Mystery is a church. But it’s more than simply a place; it’s a people--an authentic community desiring to honor God with our whole lives and sharing the love of Christ throughout the city, the neighborhoods, the schools and the workplaces where we find ourselves. We know for some people, going anywhere for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some answers to some of the frequently asked questions about our church, to hopefully give you a better picture of what Mystery looks like week to week and address issues that might be important to you.
We gather each Sunday morning at 10:00am to worship at 514 S. Main Street, in downtown Joplin. Check the Times and Locations link for more information and directions.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
If it's your first visit, then it's probably best to turn up about 15 minutes before service. Many people gather before the services to hang out and catch up on their week. It’s a great time to meet new people.
Mystery is a diverse community of people seeking to know and love God and live as family by the power of the gospel. Practically speaking, this means some of us are just checking out Christianity for the first time, while others have been in church their whole lives. There are people of all ages, diversity and backgrounds, each with their own unique story. Everyone is welcome.
We are Christians who love and worship Jesus. We are evangelical, aligning ourselves with the historical Christian faith. We are missional, seeking to know Christ and make Him known in every area of our lives. As a church, Mystery adheres to the fundemental essentials of the protestant reformation. We are not affiliated with any one denomination, but are partnered with the Acts 29 Network.
We long to be a comfortable place for those who are curious about God but have never felt comfortable in church. We want Mystery to be a place where you can learn and wrestle with who God is and what He wants for you. It's okay if you don't have it all figured out, yet; as a matter of fact, we respect that. At Mystery, it’s ok to not be ok. We are neither a perfect place nor perfect people.
Mystery has always been a place where we try to keep it very simple. It's relaxed, but focused. We do not put on a show to attract people to God. We trust that Jesus is enough. We teach from the Bible, pray, meditate, reflect, sing songs and respond. The music is sometimes new, sometimes old - always meaningful. We respond to God by taking communion together each week. Sundays are for celebration. The service is not the only part of our lives. It is a chance to worship God and enjoy him for who he is and what he has accomplished throughout the week.
The sermons at Mystery are always practical in nature. We believe that God wants to be involved in our everyday lives, so we present the timeless truths of the Bible in a format that's easy to understand, even if you've never been to church. Typically, we go through one book of the Bible in its entirety, so we may fully understand God's truth in context. We believe that, if you teach the Bible, eventually you will touch on all of life. From time to time, we do address specific topics of life, theology and need. Our goal is to know and love God more by making God's unchanging truth accessible, without watering it down.
We love kids! Mystery offers caring childcare for infants and toddlers. For school-aged children, we have creative, Bible-centered and age appropriate teaching during our worship service. We see kids as vital participating members of the church, not second-class citizens to be entertained. Mystery encourages kids 5th grade and up to participate with parents by sharing in the worship service along side the adults.
Absolutely not! We offer many opportunities to connect, learn and share. Mystery has Community Groups that meet during the week around the area for study, prayer, food and fun. Groups are a great way to get to know others in the church, to be real with others and to live life closely. There are also chances to serve the city through social action, mercy ministries and outreach efforts. Mystery is also a supporter of the arts, local businesses and education. We strive to connect culturally with the area through varied monthly gatherings, which facilitate community, conversation and innovation.