Statement of Faith

This is the Vineyard Churches ‘Statement of Faith’ outlining what we believe and the supporting Bible verses.

We believe that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.

We believe that God’s kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.

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. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgement of death and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness.

Galatians1:3-5Galatians 4:8-9Colossians 1:132 Corinthians 11:14Colossians 1:13-14Ephesians 6:12;Mark 3:22-26Ephesians 2:1-21 John 5:19Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 1:26Genesis 3:1Revelation 12:9;Genesis 3:8Romans 1:21Romans 5:16Romans 5:12John 5:141 Corinthians 15:22John 8:441 John 5:19Romans 8:20-23Psalm 51:5Ezekiel 18:4Romans 2:5Romans 2:12Hebrews 9:27Psalm 104:5;Psalm 103:22Psalm 22:28Psalm 47:8Genesis 1:31Revelation 12:7-9Psalm 104:24-29Psalm 96:4-6;Psalm 89:11Psalm 103:20-21Colossians 1:16-17Hebrews 1:1-2Genesis 1:1Psalm 95:3-5Colossians 1:17Hebrews 1:3Psalm 103:19Deuteronomy 33:27Romans 1:20Psalm 95:3Isaiah 43:15Psalm 147:5;Job 11:7-9James 1:17John 4:24Matthew 5:48Isaiah 6:31 Peter 1:15-16Psalm 104:24Proverbs 2:6;Isaiah 28:29Exodus 33:19Psalm 63:2Psalm 31:19Psalm 33:5Psalm 89:14Isaiah 30:18Exodus 15:61 John 4:8Isaiah 43:13Isaiah 45:51 Corinthians 8:4Psalm 42:2Psalm 84:2Jeremiah 10:10John 1:18John 10:30John 14:9John 14:16-17John 14:26John 15:262 Corinthians 3:17-18John 1:1John 1:142 Corinthians 3:17Matthew 28:19-202 Corinthians 13:14Revelation 1:4Revelation 5:13Ephesians 3:14-21;Psalm 45:6Psalm 145:13Daniel 4:3Psalm 93:1-2John 1:1-31 Corinthians 8:6Colossians 1:15-16;

We believe that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them.

We believe that, as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law’s purpose is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God’s Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God’s righteous judgement against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.

We believe that in the fullness of time, God honoured His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God’s kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead.

Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God’s judgement for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers.

The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.

Psalm 24:1Psalm 96:10Isaiah 40:22Hebrews 1:3Romans 9:4Ephesians 2:12Genesis 17:3-8Genesis 12:2-3Genesis 15:4-6Romans 4:3-5Romans 4:16Romans 4:20-25Galatians 3:6-9Galatians 3:13-14;Exodus 15:3-18Exodus 19:3-6Exodus 24:3-4Exodus 24:7Romans 8:3-4Romans 8:12-14Deuteronomy 5:1-3Deuteronomy 30:15-18Galatians 3:23-25Psalm 25:8-10Romans 7:7John 15:26John 16:8-112 Corinthians 3:14-17Romans 7:13Galatians 3:19Galatians 3:21-22Romans 2:1-11Galatians 3:24;Philippians 3:8-91 Samuel 8:6-81 Samuel 8:21-221 Samuel 9:15-161 Samuel 10:11 Samuel 10:242 Samuel 7:11b-16Psalm 89:34-37Isaiah 9:6-7Isaiah 11:1-5Jeremiah 23:5-6Ezekiel 34:23Mark 1:15;Galatians 4:4Romans 1:2-4John 1:14John 1:17-18Luke 1:30-35John 1:14Philippians 2:5-7Romans 5:19;

We believe that the Holy Spirit 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.

1 Corinthians 15:221 Peter 2:222 Corinthians 5:21Romans 8:29Luke 3:21-22Luke 4:16-21Mark 1:14-15;Luke 11:20Luke 17:20-21Luke 4:1-13Luke 4:43Luke 4:40Luke 4:41Luke 7:14-17Mark 1:16-17Mark 3:13-15Matthew 16:18Luke 9:1-2Luke 10:1-17John 1:29John 6:51John 4:9-10Mark 8:311 Corinthians 15:3-5Galatians 3:13-14Acts 3:14-15Hebrews 4:15Romans 5:18-191 Peter 2:24Galatians 3:132 Corinthians 5:21Romans 1:18Romans 1:32Romans 2:122 Thessalonians 1:6-10Colossians 2:13-15;Matthew 1:1Luke 1:68-72Luke 2:10-11Matthew 9:27Acts 2:24-28Acts 2:29-36Romans 1:1-4Hebrews 1:1-31 Corinthians 15:24-26Ephesians 1:19-23Revelation 5:5Acts 1:8Acts 2:1-41 Corinthians 12:131 Corinthians 12:4-7John 14:16-17Romans 12:1Ephesians 5:18-20Romans 8:3-41 Corinthians 14:121 Corinthians 14:26Romans 12:4-6Luke 11:201 John 3:8bEphesians 6:10-20John 14:12-13Romans 15:18-191 Corinthians 4:20

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 or the empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, 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.

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.

We believe that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God’s just judgement. 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 Saviour. By this they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.

Romans 8:9-10John 16:7John 14:26John 16:13-15Romans 8:14Luke 24:49Acts 4:31Acts 8:18-19Acts 19:1-21 Corinthians 2:4-52 Corinthians 4:72 Corinthians 6:4-7Joel 2:28-29Acts 2:15-171 Corinthians 12:7-111 Corinthians 14:11 Corinthians 14:51Thessalonians 5:19-21Acts 8:14-17Acts 19:6Mark 1:41Luke 6:18b-19Mark 16:18Acts 13:1-31 Timothy 4:142 Timothy 1:62 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-211 Corinthians 2:12-13John 14:26Psalm 19:7-9Psalm 119:30Psalm 119:43Psalm 119:89Matthew 5:17-18;John 3:34John 10:351 Thessalonians 2:13Revelation 22:6Luke 24:442 Peter 3:15-16Revelation 22:18-19Isaiah 40:8Matthew 24:35Matthew 7:21Matthew 7:24Luke 1:38James 1:22-25Luke 4:5-71 John 5:191 Corinthians 15:22Ephesians 2:1-3Romans 1:21-23Romans 1:32Romans 1:18Romans 2:52 Corinthians 5:10Ephesians 5:6Mark 1:14-15Acts 8:12Acts 28:31Ephesians 5:5John 16:7-11John 3:5-8;1 Peter 1:23Romans 5:1-2Romans 5:9Romans 8:15Galatians 4:6Ephesians 5:25Hebrews 13:121 Peter 1:1-2Acts 2:38Romans 10:91 John 4:13-15Colossians 1:13-14Philippians 3:20

We believe in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members.

We believe that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers.

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 – 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 and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all; His kingdom, His 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.

John 17:20-21Ephesians 4:3-61 Corinthians 3:16-17Matthew 16:17-181 Corinthians 1:2Ephesians 2:18-19;1 Peter 2:9-10Titus 3:4-7Romans 12:4-5Ephesians 1:22Ephesians 5:231 Corinthians 12:27Matthew 28:18-201 Corinthians 10:14-1711:23-26Daniel 7:13-14Matthew 4:23Matthew 12:28Matthew 6:10;Matthew 10:7-8Matthew 24:14Mark 13:11John 15:26-27Romans 14:17-18Mark13:26Acts 1:9-112 Thessalonians 2:8Revelation 19:11-16Matthew 25:31-321 Corinthians 15:23-25Revelation 20:101 Corinthians 15:51-52John 5:28-30Revelation 20:11-15Matthew 25:31-461 Corinthians 15:24-281 Timothy 6:13-162 Peter 3:13Revelation 21:5Revelation 21:271 Timothy 1:17Revelation 7:9-12