Vine Church seeks to unite people to the person and mission of Jesus Christ by…
A. …Inspiring people to Connect to God through Christ-Centered Worship.
B. …Encouraging people to Grow in Faith through Small Group Discipleship.
C. …Equipping people to Bear Fruit through Gift-Based Team Ministry.
D. …Exhorting people to Sow Christ’s Seed through planting their lives and resources in Christ’s mission.
Vine Church values authenticity in people and practice. Jesus said, “I am the True Vine” (John 15:1). As Christ is true, Christ’s followers are known for their authentic life and witness. The Apostle Paul writes, “Beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phi 4:8-9 NRS).
(Romans 3:23-26 A present reality for those in Christ. Romans 8:16-28 A future hope.)The Vine Church values the redemption of fallow ground for the Kingdom of God. Therefore we focus our ministry on the unchurched, unreached, unloved, underclass, unnoticed, and underutilized. We seek to utilize underused people, programs, places and resources for Christ’s global mission. Our commitment is to restart, recycle, and reuse gifts, people, buildings, visions, institutions, and resources that have become underutilized for the Kingdom of God.
(Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:7-8; Luke 10:1-12) The Vine Church values the extending of Christ’s work into unreached mission fields. Our goal is to plant ten connected Vine Churches or Satellite Churches in our first twenty years of ministry and to connect in mission with Christ’s worldwide movement transforming people, societies and nations.
(Eph. 4:4-6; Romans 12:3-5; I Cor. 12:12-18) The Vine Church values ministry that is connected to Christ and Christ’s body. We seek to live under covenantal authority within the Body of Christ.
(Mt. 13:51-53; Mt. 5:17-19) The Vine Church values ministry that is rooted in Scripture, the historic Christian Tradition as well as personal and community faith experiences, and reason.
(Mt. 13:51-53; I Cor. 9:20-23; Gal 6:14-15) The Vine Church values ministry that speaks the timeless message of Christ to this post-modern world. We are committed to communicating Christ to the real time in which we live.
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:
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, 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 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.
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.
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. )