by Leslie Babcock
Vineyard stands firmly in the center of orthodox Christian teaching. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel 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 Christians. In other words, we do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive.
We are orthodox. We are evangelical. We are empowered evangelicals.
Our State of Faith reads:
1. We affirm the Apostle’s, Nicene, and Chalcedonian Creeds, which we believe to reflect Christian orthodoxy and the clear teaching of Holy Scripture. In addition, make the following confession of faith:
2. We believe in one living and true God, the Creator and Lord of the heavens and the earth. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, of one substance, equal in power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, yet one Messiah, the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ came down from heaven, was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father, and was crucified for our sins. He suffered, died, and was buried, and he rose bodily from the dead on the third day. As the God-man, Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for his people. At his first coming, Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.
5. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry every believer in Jesus Christ. He is the abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
6. We believe that all men and women are sinners by nature and choice and are under condemnation. We are counted as righteous before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through faith in him alone, and not by our own works or deserving.
7. We believe that we have been born again by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. This same Holy Spirit now lives in us, producing faith, holiness, love and power.
8. We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, without error, in all they affirm, and as the only infallible rule for our faith and practice.
9. We believe that the church is intended by God to be a worshiping community of believers, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by his law, exercising the gifts, privileges and discipline invested in the church by his Word and his Holy Spirit, and seeking to extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
10. We believe that all Christians are to be water baptized in obedience to the Lord’s command in scripture. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is open to all believers. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, the Lord’s Supper nourishes our souls. It brings to our remembrance the sacrifice of Christ for our sins, our communion with Christ and the church and our obligation to persevere in faith and holiness to the end of our lives.
We believe in the personal, visible, return of Christ to the earth and the consummation of his Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.