What We're All About
Take some time and learn a few things about us. If you ever have any questions about the Vineyard do not hesitate to reach out and dialogue with us.
Our Mission is to Be Disciples and to Make Disciples.
Our Vision is to be an international and diverse congregation for which Christ is the pattern, God’s Love is the principle, and the Holy Spirit is the power.
- To Be Disciples
- To Make Disciples
- To Form Kinship Groups
- To Reach the Future Leaders of the World
We value the kingdom of God:
We believe the kingdom of God, which is the future reign of God breaking into the present through the life and ministry of Jesus, is the overarching and integrating theme of the Bible. We are committed to proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom through our words and deeds—through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and setting free those held captive by evil.
We value embracing the sacred in every aspect of life:
We believe that our whole life is set apart for Christ and His purposes. We view life in an integrated, holistic manner, rejecting the idea that there are “sacred & secular” aspects of life. We welcome God’s presence, seeking to be attentive to what “the Father is doing,” and supporting His work with our whole lives. We avoid hype and other efforts to manipulate either God’s presence or the response of others to his presence. We are committed to being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and responding in a way that is naturally supernatural whether we are at church, home, work, school, or wherever.
We value living life together:
We do not want to be just a collection of individuals or a large crowd. God is looking for us to be a community of people who have joined His mission in the world – because following Jesus happens in the context of relationships, not in isolation. We aim to build up the church, and each other through maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other.
We value ministry based on the compassion of Jesus:
We believe that mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We therefore aim to extend compassion to one another, and to each person God brings into our lives. We are committed to being generous in every aspect of our lives, to “give away our best,” whether people or resources, in order to expand God’s Kingdom.
The following tenets of faith and practice compose the doctrinal beliefs and practices that give this fellowship its distinctive testimony and comprise the life and ministry skills that we shall endeavor to model and impart to our membership:
A. WE BELIEVE
that there is ONE LIVING AND TRUE GOD, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, and governs all.
B. WE BELIEVE
that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of 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.
C. WE BELIEVE
in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, and that He invites us to relate to Him, through Jesus as a loving Father.
D. WE BELIEVE
in JESUS CHRIST, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to earth. We believe that in His first coming, Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.
E. WE BELIEVE
in the HOLY SPIRIT, who 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.
F. 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 and baptism of the Holy Spirit for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the 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.
G. 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 the earth.
H. 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 sinners, subject to God’s judgment, death and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness.
I. WE BELIEVE
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 God and 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 Christ as Lord and Savior.
J. WE BELIEVE
that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25.), and that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)
K. WE BELIEVE
in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess 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.
L. WE BELIEVE
that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers.
M. 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 in 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, the eternal blessing of the righteous, and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all, and His kingdom, 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.
N. WE BELIEVE
in what is termed the “Apostle’s Creed” as embodying fundamental facts of Christian faith, and endorse the historic orthodox creeds of the church.