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Vine Church | Merrifield

What We Believe

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe God created you, loves you and has a plan for making your life just right.
We believe God created the world, loves the world and is at work remaking the world the way God always intended it to be.
We believe God wants you to be a part of that plan.

Following are some principles we believe about God and the Bible:

GOD

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

JESUS

Jesus, the Son of God is the true and eternal God, of one substance with the Father.  Jesus took on human nature in the womb of Mary so that two whole and perfect natures, divine and human, were joined together in one person, never to be divided.  Therefore, Christ is both God and human.  Christ truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of people.  Jesus rose from the dead in body and ascended into heaven, and there He remains until his return to judge all people at the last day.  People are justified before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not by our own works or effort.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, the true and eternal God. 

THE BIBLE

The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not found in Scripture, nor may be proved by Scripture, is not to be required of anyone that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought necessary for salvation. 

RELEVANT WORSHIP

It is repulsive to the Word of God and the custom of the early church, to have public worship in the church, or to share the Sacraments, in a language not understood by the people.

THE SACRAMENTS

Sacraments ordained by Christ are not only tokens of faith, but rather they are means of grace by which God performs an inner work in us to enliven, strengthen and confirm faith.  There are two Sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 

These Statements of Belief have been adapted from the Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church, 1808.  For more information about the United Methodist Church - our beliefs and our practice of the Christian faith click here. 

APOSTLES CREED

The Apostles’ Creed is a Statement of Faith that Christians have confessed since the time of the Early Church:
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
from thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.