We value the Bible as the inspired Word of God.
As evangelical Christians, the Bible is our final Authority. Our approach to life and ministry is shaped by the counsel of scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)
We consider prayer essential, because it is our primary means of communion with God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)
We honor Christ as our Head and seek to follow the Holy Spirit as our daily Counselor & Guide daily
Romans 8:11-14 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (NIV)
We see relationships with others as our highest priority after submission to God.
We recognize that evidence of true believers is the love we show others—especially those we are closest to.
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV)
1 John 3:14 & 4:8 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)
Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)
Our intent is to teach all believers to believe Jesus’ words, obey His commands and do His work.
We believe our job is to equip the body for the work of the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-13 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare Gods people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (NIV)
We see leadership as a function, not a title.
We believe the Lord has placed significant leadership authority in the hands of the pastor and his associates, but that it must be exercised in servant-hood, with humility, selflessness, grace and true concern for the welfare of the family of God.
1 Peter 5:1-7 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow-elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be, not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (NIV)
Our intent is to reach those who don’t know Jesus;
also, to teach all believers to believe Jesus’ words, obey His commands and do His work. We believe our job is to equip the body for the work of the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-13 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (NIV)
Being Culturally Current
We embrace change as the necessity of growth and Kingdom effectiveness.
In the words of the former National Director of the Vineyard, Bert Waggoner, “We are called to be a force of spiritual revolution, not a stagnant institution.” We embrace nonreligious styles of Bible teaching relevant to the times in which we live, and contemporary worship in the freedom of the Spirit. We encourage training in and use of modern technology to advance the Kingdom of God.
Luke 5:37-38 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 9:20-23 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law). So as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (NIV)
We want to be “naturally supernatural,”
avoiding theatrics, melodrama, manipulation, coercion or pretense—”Real people serving a real God” abstaining from behavior that gives glory to ourselves—”it’s all about Jesus”.
1 Corinthians 2:2-3 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV)
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (NIV)
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (NIV)
The Pursuit of God
We are hungry to know God, hear His voice and follow hard after Him.
Psalms 63:1-3 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (NIV)
We desire to be people who would not just hear but also do the words and works of Christ.
We desire to be continually changing to be more like Jesus, so that more of His love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power and integrity would shine through all that we are and do.
Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Ephesians 5:1-2 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)
Compassion & Mercy
We believe that God has called us to be attentive
to the needs of the poor, broken-hearted, and oppressed. This plainly involves showing compassion to orphans, the underprivileged, single parent families, the widowed and the elderly, spiritually oppressed, and marginalized.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We see this being lived out as we open our hearts and doors without judgement (James 2:13) to those bound in lifestyles of substance abuse, sexual sin, or alternate lifestyles. Our policy is exactly as Jesus’ policy, welcoming all people but not affirming all behaviors. We welcome anyone who needs to know and experience the love of God. (Only Christ is the judge of who goes to Heaven or Hell). But we cannot affirm the person who is involved in an extra-marital, pre-marital, or same-sex relationship and refuses to confess it as sin and take steps to turn from it. Once a person has heard ample teaching from the Word of God representative of the Vineyard position on the matter, and still refuses to agree with our church values based on the Bible, membership is not an option. The Bible shows God to be Devine Love. But He is not JUST Love. He is also Devine HOLINESS. Jesus welcomed and forgave the woman caught in adultery. He did not condemn her. But He commanded her, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (NV) See John 8:2-11