We believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe that there is one God eternally and self-existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, spiritual regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that this salvation is received only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah, Savior and Lord, and not as a result of good works. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; that the fullness of the Holy Spirit is to be every believer’s experience and that it is God’s will that both the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:7-11, 28) be manifested through the believer’s life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe that all Christians should be committed to the fulfilling of the Great Commission as set forth in Matthew 28:18-20, thus making it possible for the gospel to be preached to all the peoples of the world.

Core Values

Values, like the wind, are invisible, but underlying every decision we make is a value. These values affect the climate of our church community and shape our teachings, practices and preferences. Having been entrusted by God with the ministry of Vineyard Christian Fellowship, we are led by Him to identify the following key concepts as those which guide this ministry.

1. The Lordship of Christ: Jesus is the head of the Church and apart from Him we can do nothing. It is only through Him that people are drawn to God. (Ephesians 1:22-23, John 14:6)

2. Authority and Centrality of Scripture: All Scripture is given by God. It is the standard of truth in which God reveals Himself and His will to everyone. We desire to make all our preaching and teaching Bible-centered. (II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:16-17)

3. Foundation of Prayer: Prayer is essential to the work of God. By beginning with and carrying forth any effort in prayer, we are convinced in faith that the end result will be in the purposes of God. (Acts 6:4, James 5:16)

4. Primacy of Worship: The worship of God, both personally and corporately is to be the ultimate calling of every Christian. It is our way of expressing our awe of God’s majesty, glory and power. (John 4:23-24, Hebrews 13:15)

5. Love for One Another: Our Lord made it very clear when declaring His New Commandment that our demonstrated love for one another would cause all to see that we are His disciples. (John 13:34-35)

6. Love for and Outreach for the Lost: Jesus commissioned us to make disciples of all nations. In keeping with the Lord’s love for the lost, we will make every effort to welcome strangers and to preach the gospel to all people. (Matthew 28:19, John 3:16)

7. Fullness of the Spirit: We humbly acknowledge that the work of God can only be carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit, Who has come to empower and to fill every believer. We desire to grow in the fruits and the gifts of the Spirit for Christ-honored living and ministry. (Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:25)

8. Developing Mature Disciples: We embrace the calling of God to help one another discover and grow in knowing Him and doing His will. (Phillippians 1:6, John 8:31-32)

9. A Grace Orientation to Life: Salvation begins and continues with God’s grace. It is our purpose to encourage everyone among us to depend totally on the grace of God and to trust Him for all the future grace needed to live for His glory. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7)

Statement of Faith

We hold the following to be a basic foundational statement summarizing our God-centered view of His redemptive work and our partnership in that work in this present age. We have adapted this statement from Prayer is Invading the Impossible by Jack Hayford, (Logos Books, 1978), pp. 15-16.

1. God created man to enjoy earth and inhabit it as a king does his domain, unhindered by any power that would diminish the quality of life God had given. (Genesis 1-2) 

2. Man’s rule of earth - God-given and God-ordained - was lost through disobedience. The control of the planet was forfeited to Satan, whose goal is to deprive man of God intended purpose and destroy all hope of recovery. (Genesis 3)

3. God established Israel to teach man His desire for man’s recovered rulership. By renewed obedience to God, joyous and peaceful living could be realized-personally and nationally. (Genesis 12)

4. Against a backdrop of man’s failure to learn this lesson, God entered the human scene. “The Word became flesh” in the person of the God-man, Jesus Christ. The life, which was the light of man, shone into darkness. The Word spoke. (John 1)

5. He spoke consistently of a kingdom. “The Kingdom of God is immediately at hand”, Jesus proclaimed. He spoke authoritatively of the fact that the earth’s original ruler - God - was available. If man would receive his King, he could enjoy a renewed dominion of peace and joy here and now. (Mark 1:14-15) 

6. For His claim to be God’s Messiah, here to restore God’s rule, He was crucified. But by a power unknown to man, the blood of the cross became the means of breaking Satan’s hold on the power of death. Jesus rose again and commissioned His forces (He called them His “church”) to bring His world of God’s restoring rulership to bear upon the world of Satan’s destroying rulership. (Matthew 16:13-19)

7. The ultimate message of the Bible is that Christ will return to drive out the last vestiges of Satan’s operation on earth. (Revelation 20) But, in the meantime...

8. The Church, consisting of all Christians joined corporately in multiplied local expressions, has been commissioned to walk the pathway of demonstrated surrender to Jesus’ reign. To His people the Lord has committed the declaring of the message of His Kingdom’s power and provision to all of mankind in every generation. ( Matthew 28:18-20)