History of Vineyard
What We Believe
Vineyard stands firmly in the center of historical, orthodox Christian teaching. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel (good news) we have come to a number of convictions concerning the clear teaching of the Bible. At the same time we have not included in our statement of faith much that can be legitimately debated by orthodox, sincere Christians. We do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive. On the spectrum of Christian churches:
- we are orthodox
- we are evangelical
- we are empowered evangelicals
Since Jesus loves His whole church we try to maintain an attitude adopted by a Christian leader several hundred years ago:
- in essentials, unity
- in non-essentials, liberty
- in all things, charity
The Break Down
Baptism is a powerful step of obedience and identification with Jesus Christ after salvation has occurred. We believe in water baptism by immersion as Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward heart change and an act of obedience to Jesus’ command to be baptized, publicly identifying ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ.
Baptism is offered the second full weekend of every month (except June, July, & August) at all services. During the summer, we have baptisms at our church picnics. A baptism class is required and classes are offered the third full weekend of every month at the start of every service. Baptism class registration is not required; just attend the class of your choice.
Questions? Contact Rachel Miller
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is our supreme source of truth for faith and practice, without any mixture or error. The Bible is relational. It is about being successful in life “from God’s point of view.” It deals with family, feelings, friends, fitness, finances… as well as faith: the major issues of life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21;
2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
God is awesome. He is the Creator and King of the universe. He is real. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal, yet one God. Out of God’s greatness and sovereignty and love He interacts very personally with us and works miracles in our lives. There is life and hope in Jesus. God has a powerfully good plan for us. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. As the God-man, Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin, death, and the devil. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Our lives have great value because of Jesus. He takes care of our past, present, and future. He alone gives us freedom, new life, new hope, new joy—because of His life in us. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 1-2; 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:10-11;
1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He directs and empowers our lives on a daily basis, giving us understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He fills us, operates gifts in us, and grows fruit in our lives. There is daily fellowship and interaction with God available through the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25)
People are made in the image of God and to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude of “NO” to God, resisting God, and moving into negative, self-centered living, separates people from God and leads to a self-destructive life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty and power. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Salvation means to come into “wholeness.” It is saying “YES” to God, cooperating with Him and moving into a positive future. Anytime we realize our need for God is a time of salvation! Eternal life, however, begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12, 16; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. And it is the grace of God that enables us to be “grace-driven” versus “guilt-driven.” (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 8:1)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. Jesus Christ will one day personally, visibly appear on earth and bring the eventual consummation of His eternal Kingdom, the final judgment, the eternal blessing of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (John 3:16; John 2:25; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Our vision is to know God and enjoy Him forever.
God has created us to have and enjoy a personal relationship with himself. This relationship with God is made possible by the atoning work of Christ Jesus on the cross. Through repenting from our sin and placing our faith in Jesus Christ, a personal relationship with God is made possible. This relationship with God is expressed through worship, prayer, service, and devotion. It is our highest calling – “our reason for being.” All that we are and do should flow out of our loving, intimate relationship with God.
Our mission is to build a Christian community by making fully devoted disciples of non-religious and nominally religious people.
Jesus commands us: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you” (Matthew 28:19-20). We have a passion to reach out to people and see them come into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, become involved in the community of faith, and grow in their Christian faith. We reach out to people of all ages, but we have a church that is “young at heart”. Since the Builder Generation, each generation has become less churched. We place a priority on reaching out to the unchurched children, youth, and young adults in our community.
Our Core Values
Our core values define who we are in our attitudes, motives, and commitments. Our values are the following:
- Grace-based atmosphere
- Genuine friendship
- Real, down-to-earth spirituality
- Being culturally relevant
- Fun and joy in the kingdom
Our Five E’s
We desire to worship in a style that is intimate, contemporary, expressive, and life changing. Worship through song is a focal point of our worship experience, so we begin most meetings, large and small, in our church with 20-30 minutes of worship. We also believe that worship has a powerful evangelistic impact on the lives of non-believers.
We desire to preach the gospel and persuade people to commit their lives to Jesus Christ. We desire to build authentic relationships with people who do not follow Jesus and invite them into our community of faith so they can explore the Christian faith. We also desire to demonstrate God’s mercy in our community through acts of kindness such as ministering to the poor and serving in practical ways.
We desire to start hundreds of small groups led by lay leaders to provide a place where people can…
- Gather around the presence of Christ
- Support one another as a family
- Reach out in ministry and evangelism to the hurting world
- Mentor and release new leaders
Using our time, talents, and treasures to glorify God.
We desire to see the power of God’s Spirit bring healing and comfort through praying and caring for one another.
- Praying for one another
- Caring for one another through difficult circumstances
- Counseling and recovery ministries