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Statement of Faith


The Vineyard Christian Fellowship is committed to the great historic doctrines of the
church.

WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect
in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love. From all eternity He exists as
the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.

WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His
eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places,
the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created
all things very good.

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a
host of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a usurper of God’s
rule established a counter–kingdom of darkness and evil on earth.

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for relationship
with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original
parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness, and God’s judgment of death to the earth.
Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God’s good creation.
Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin. Human
beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgment of death, and captive to Satan’s
kingdom of darkness.

WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth, which He continues to
uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants that
revealed His grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound himself
to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to
bless all the nations through them.

WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from
bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect
will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law’s purpose is to order our fallen race and to
make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God’s Spirit, it convicts us
of our sin and God’s righteous judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for
salvation.

WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God’s rule over her as King, God established
the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that
his heir would restore God’s kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.

WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israeland His
prophetic promises of salvation by sending His only Son, Jesus, into the world.
Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in
one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s
Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God’s Kingdom reign on earth,
overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of
salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. Gathering His
disciples, He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the instrument of His
kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the
third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham.
In His sinless, perfect life, Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death
on the cross He took God’s judgment for sin, which we deserve as lawbreakers. By His
death on the cross, He also disarmed the demonic powers.

The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic
ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven, and His
present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the
eternal Messiah–King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and
throughout the whole earth today.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church at Pentecost in power,
baptizing believers into the body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them.
The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship,
personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is
our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or empowering of the
Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present
ministry of the ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit.
We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and for
recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the
church.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of the Holy Scripture so
that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts.  We receive the sixty–six books
of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of
faith and practice.

WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people
are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God’s just judgment.
Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of Godand the
work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus
by the Spirit all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. By this
they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.

WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and trust
Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of
Christ, of which He is the head and all are members.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism
and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers.

WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will
be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ –His return
to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of
Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment,
and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the
wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His Kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled
in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which
righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.

SACRAMENTS
At the Vineyard we believe that Christ gave two sacraments for the church to observe.

WATER BAPTISM
Baptism is an essential part of being incorporated into the Body of Christ. It is our public
proclamation that we have turned away from our former sinful ways (repentance) and
have committed ourselves to Jesus, His Kingdom, and His Church. It is also symbolic of
our death and resurrection with Christ, and great power is released through baptism to
free us from the bondage of sin. While we strongly encourage every new believer to be
baptized, we do not require it for membership. We have baptism services regularly; call
the church office for information.

THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Vineyard believes that the Lord’s Supper is a powerful time of communion with God
where He is present in a dynamic, mystical way to renew our relationship with Him and release great works of forgiveness and restoration in our lives. We celebrate communion the second Sunday of every month.

About the Vineyard
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