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Values & Beliefs

Values & Beliefs

As you take part in The Vineyard Church, it is important to understand our mission, vision, and values. Our mission is to change the world with Jesus through the vision of connecting people into the Vineyard family, in order to train and ultimately lead the next generation.

But how do we walk this out day to day in our lives and as a church? We lead through four core values that really describe our corporate identity. It is who we are and what we celebrate as a community.

Excellence

PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

We see ourselves as the first opportunity to live out the excellence found in the Kingdom of God.

We take ownership and responsibility over our own lives both personally and professionally. We value ourselves and take measures with God for self-care and personal improvement.

PROFESSIONALISM

Our goal is to be the best we can in a way that we can proudly show to our heavenly Father.

We bring the same intentionality and creativity to our work that we have for ourselves. What we do is thoughtful and structured. We are relevant, and create an appealing atmosphere in all aspects of what we do.

Missional Leadership

GOD GIVEN DEPOSITS

Leadership begins with God depositing vision and purpose in the leader’s heart.

We don’t lead out of our own vision building our own kingdom. True leadership starts with God’s call and vision to future in the Kingdom of God.

RUNNING WITH THE BALL

Leaders take the God given deposits and run with them.

We lead out of who God has made us; we don’t try to be someone else. With integrity to stay true to ourselves even when the road is challenging.

CHANGE

Leadership results in true change; leadership isn’t management.

We are pioneers who take initiative to go boldly forward to the destiny God has called us. The results of this leadership are lives being transformed and in creative action.

Tribe

FAMILY

Our hearts are connected as we do life together.

We are all on a journey together. Our mission flows from the family relationships we have with each other. We put the family first - above any one of us. We all have responsibility to the family. Our hearts are open towards each other. We do conflict with an understanding that we are brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers to each other.

TEAM

We aren’t just members of a team, we work together as a team.

We collaborate, specialize, and understand where we are gifted. Together, we seek to make the best contribution while we leaning on others where they are better. We are for each other, sharing wins and losses together as a team.

Supernatural Breakthrough

PERSONAL BREAKTHROUGH

We love and expect to see God intersect and change people’s lives.

We have an ongoing dynamic relationship with a God who speaks and acts. With Him, nothing is impossible. The supernatural is an integrated part of our normal lives and one mark of Christian maturity.

CORPORATE LEADING

We expect the supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit corporately.

We will develop and plan with excellence while retaining an expectation that God will direct and change our plans. We will be flexible to do so as He leads and follow His Spirit.

In addition to the core values, we adopt the Vineyard USA Statements of Faith. These 12 statements outline our beliefs as it refers to scripture, both Old and New Testaments. 

Vineyard USA Statements of Faith

1. God the King and the Holy Trinity

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.

2. God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things

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.

3. Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts

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.

4. The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall and The Doctrine of Original Sin

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness and God’s judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God’s good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgment of death and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness.

5. God’s Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants

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 in Egypt 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 judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.

WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God’s rule over her as King, God established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God’s kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.

6. Christ the Mediator and Eternal King

WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God honored 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 judgment 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.

7. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

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.

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.

8. The Sufficiency of Scripture

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.

9. The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness

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 judgment. 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 Savior. By this they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.

10. The Church:  Instrument of the Kingdom

WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior 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.

11. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

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

12. The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment

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 conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and 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.

Learn more about what the Vineyard believes about the following topics:

What does the Vineyard believe about BAPTISM?

About Water Baptism: 

The very first story we read in the gospels about Jesus' ministry is his baptism. The very last thing he said to his disciples before ascending into heaven was that they should go throughout the world making disciples and baptizing them. The inspired record of the early church in Acts and the story of church history through the ages indicate that water baptism is a very important activity in the New Testament and the church.

Regrettably, water baptism is a subject that Christians donít all agree upon. At The Vineyard Church, while we believe that baptism is important, we allow some room for disagreement between sincere believers. Our beliefs and practices reflect a diligent effort to be faithful to the Bible and Protestant church history. Here is how we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about water baptism.

Why Should I Be Water Baptized?

1  You should be water baptized in order to be obedient to Jesus Christ. We are commanded to be baptized as one of our first acts of surrender to Jesus. Baptism should be an urgent priority for the disciples of Jesus. You do not need to be baptized to be saved. Water baptism is an outward work of obedience to Jesus Christ after a personís individual decision to repent and trust him for salvation. We are firmly committed to the sufficiency of faith in the blood of Christ alone for salvation. No work of man can enhance the work of Christ on the cross. However, baptism in water is the outward sign of the inward work of Godís grace.

2  You should be water baptized in order to publicly profess your faith. Baptism is the initial means by which disciples of Jesus Christ are identified. It provides an opportunity for believers to make a formal profession of their faith before the church and provides a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to witness their confessions of changed lives. 

3  You should be water baptized in order to symbolize your cleansing from sin. Throughout the New Testament, baptism indicates that a person has "repented" or "turned away" from sin, selfishness, and living independently from God. The writings of the apostles often refer to the fact that disciples of Jesus were "washed from their sin." Peter writes that the waters of baptism symbolize the inward spiritual reality of the cleansing of our conscience, not the cleansing of the body from dirt. 

4  You should be baptized in order to symbolize your union with Jesus in his death, burial, and resurrection. When you become a Christian, you die to sin and your old way of living and then begin a new way of life. The act of baptismóbeing immersed under the water and coming up out of the wateróis a picture of what happens to you spiritually. Like Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected three days later, so we identify with him when we are baptized.
How Should I Be Water Baptized?We baptize by immersion (as opposed to sprinkling or pouring) because we believe it most closely fulfills the biblical form. The term "baptize" literally means "to immerse or plunge." In addition, going under water best represents what happens when you become a Christian. While the immersion mode of baptism best illustrates the work of Christ, the Bible does not mandate how much water should be used. Therefore, we would not argue with those who believe they have a valid baptism in another form. We will always baptize by immersion unless there are other extreme circumstances that would compel us otherwise (physical handicap, sickness, etc.).

When Should I Be Water Baptized?

You should be baptized as soon as possible after you have personally trusted Jesus Christ for salvation and been born again. However, remember that you are not baptized in order to become a Christian. Rather, you are baptized because you are a Christian. We should not put off water baptism, nor delay in our prompt obedience! 

What If I Was Baptized as an Infant?

Among orthodox Christians, there are differing perspectives on infant baptism. Some denominations baptize infants, while others do not. Perhaps you were baptized as an infant. How should you view that baptism? Should you be rebaptized as an adult? You certainly want to show respect towards your parents, their viewpoints, and your spiritual heritage, as well as be grateful for any spiritual influence they had in your life. Our understanding of what the Bible teaches, however, is that baptism is an act that follows conversion. Consequently, we do not recognize the efficacy of infant water baptism because the Bible teaches the necessity of making a commitment to Christ before baptism. So if you have not been baptized since youíve welcomed Jesus into your life, we would recommend that you get baptized. If you were baptized as an infant, it was likely your parentsí intention that you would some day be a follower of Jesus. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parentsí wishes. In no way does it repudiate the baptism you received as a child. 

Should I Be Baptized Again?

If you were born-again when you were first baptized, and the other church where you were baptized was a true Christian church, then you need not be rebaptized. If, however, your baptism was merely a religious ritual conducted before you had a personal relationship with Jesus, or if the church was outside the mainstream, then we would encourage you to be validly water baptized for the first time. But we do not require people to be rebaptized when they join The Vineyard Church. 

Can My Child Be Baptized?

Certainly, as long as they thoroughly understand what they are doing. We do require that you wait until your children are at least 6 years old (preferably older) so they can make an intelligent and believable profession of faith that is their own. We believe that a younger child can be saved, but the older a child is, the more they will understand and the more meaningful baptism will be for them. Remember that children do not need to be baptized in order to be Christians.

How Can I Get Water Baptized?

We hold water baptisms several times a year at each of our campuses. These events are wonderful celebrations and will be announced several weeks in advance in the church programs and on the web site. Printed invitations for you to distribute to your family and friends are available at the Welcome Center in the weeks leading up to the baptism service. We ask all candidates for baptism to attend a one-hour baptism class prior to the service. We encourage all interested baptism candidates to speak first with your Small Group Leader, who will answer questions, etc., and then to inform the pastors of your decision. Please contact the church if you have any other questions or concerns about what we believe about baptism.

Bible References: 

  • Mark 1:9-11
  • Mark 16:15-16
  • Matthew 28:19
  • Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Titus 3:5
  • 1 Peter 3:21
  • Roman 6:1-4
  • Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48
What does the Vineyard believe about THE BIBLE?

About The Bible:

The bible is the biggest best-seller of all time, translated into more languages and read by more people than any other single book. Despite its popularity, many people today are completely unfamiliar with it. Where did the bible come from? How do we know if the events recorded in the bible really happened? How is the bible relevant to our lives today? This brochure is designed to answer some basic questions and hopefully help you better understand and benefit from the bible.

Bible Facts: 

1 The bible is a collection of 66 books. The word bible comes from the Greek word for "books." Scripture, another word used for the bible, means "the writings."

2 The bible was written by more than 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years. Some well-known bible authors include Moses, David, Solomon, and the apostles Peter, Paul, and John.

3 The bible is divided into the Old and New Testaments. Testament is another word for "covenant," which is like a contract. The Old Testament is about Godís special covenant with the Jewish people and the New testament is about God's new covenant based on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

4 The Old Testament books were written between 1400 BC and 430 BC. These books were compiled into a collection called the "canon" about 300 years before the birth of Christ.

5 The New Testament was written between 40 AD and 90 AD. The early church recognized these writings as "scripture" but they were not collected into an official canon until the 4th century.

6 The bible is not arranged in chronological order, which can make reading through it confusing. The various books are grouped instead by the type of writing they are—law or history or poetry for example.

We believe the Bible was written by men but inspired by God. 

The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "all scripture is inspired by God." By saying "inspired," he didn't mean that the bible is inspiring to read, or that the authors were "inspired" in the same way that a composer is inspired to write a piece of music. The word in the Greek literally means "out-breathed" and conveys the idea that the writing of the bible was intimately directed by the Holy Spirit. Peter referred to this when he wrote, "...no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21). This is why Christians often call the bible the Word of God.

At the same time, real historical figures at specific times in history wrote the various books of the bible. The bible did not just fall out of the sky but it is both natural and supernatural—the product of both human and divine activity. Somehow God guided the human authors to write what he wanted us to know concerning our Christian beliefs and practices.

We believe the Bible is revelation.

God has made himself known to men and women through revelation such as the wonder and beauty of creation, the person of his son, Jesus Christ, and the pages of the bible. What this means is that the truth contained in the bible was not arrived at merely through human effort—study, research, or contemplation. God had to reveal it—show it or disclose it—to the bible authors. Without revelation, it would be impossible to truly know God. 

We believe the Bible is trustworthy.

Everything Christians are required to believe is based on the bible. It is, therefore, of tremendous importance to determine whether or not the bible is reliable. It would be impossible, however, to thoroughly deal with all the issues surrounding this subject in a brief pamphlet. Suffice it to say that there is overwhelming evidence supporting the bibleís reliability and trustworthiness, particularly when itís compared with other ancient documents. We can as Christians have confidence that what was originally written down was preserved and accurately passed on over the centuries. Advances in archeology have repeatedly corroborated the bible's record of history, further pointing to its reliability.

Most criticisms against the bible's reliability have little to do with actual discrepancies, inaccuracies, or blatant errors and more to do with anti-supernatural biases. Some critics dismiss any references in the biblical accounts to the supernatural as myth, legend, or folklore. 

We believe the Bible is authoritative. 

The bible is more than just a book of good ideas and helpful hints. It is the Word of God, and since God is both Creator and King, what he says has authority. The bible has authority over us as Christians in the same way that a highway patrolman has authority over us as drivers. In the Vineyard, we look to the bible as the final authority for what we should believe (doctrine) and how we should live (practice). In contrast to some Christian denominations, here in the Vineyard there is no person or tradition of equal or greater authority than the bible.

Getting Started Reading The Bible: 

As a Christian, it is essential that you regularly read the bible. Do so and you will grow and mature spiritually, and God will use the bible to speak to you. Here are a few practical suggestions to help you get started. 

  1. We recommend the New Living Translation (NLT) because it is both easy to read and accurately translated.
  2. Begin by reading one or more of the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John—which tell the story of Jesus.
  3. Consider using the One Year Bible, which divides the entire bible into daily readings.
  4. Or you can follow a bible reading plan (available at our Information walls) that will systematically take you through the bible in one year.
  5. Consider investing in a "study" bible which includes helpful background information. This will increase your understanding of what you read.

If you are interested in learning more about the bible, consider joining a small group (information available on our website) or attending one of our many bible studies or training classes.

Please contact the church if you have any other questions or concerns about what we believe about the bible.

What does the Vineyard believe about COMMUNION?

About Communion: 

Communion is one of the ordinances Jesus gave to His followers. He instituted this ordinance during His last Passover meal with His disciples. The two elements (the bread and wine/juice) are a symbolic representation of the body and blood of Jesus which He gave for us at the Cross of Calvary. We participate in communion as a visible reminder of the fact that we are united with Him as covenant partners and share in His life.  Taking communion enables the church to look back - we proclaim, in thanksgiving, the Lordís death through the elements.  It also enables the church to look forward - to the Lordís soon return when we will no longer need the elements because our faith will be sight.

What Is The Significance of Receiving The Elements?

Communion is the celebration of the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary. It is to remind us that His victory was complete and thorough in every way. In fact, we have received all that comes from that great event of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Communion celebrates our death and resurrection with Jesus Christ.

We believe the elements simply represent the body and blood and are not literally transformed into them. Symbols are not substance. In no way does this reduce the significance of the experience. After all, the Bible says we are partakers of the divine nature of Christ.

In addition to reminding us of our union in Christ, one of the major benefits of communion is physical healing. Not only does the blood of Christ atone for sin, but it heals our diseases. We have seen many people healed during communion services. 

We see no real benefit to become embroiled in debate over some of the ìminor issuesî regarding communion. One of these has to do with whether the "juice" should be wine or grape juice. People have strong opinions on both sides, and their positions are aptly defended with scriptural evidence. In general, we use grape juice during our Sunday communion service to respect those who have struggled with alcohol problems in the past. However, as you share communion at home with others, you are free to select wine or grape juice.  

How Frequently Is Communion Received?

Another issue of debate is how frequently communion should be received—daily, weekly, monthly, to yearly. Since a definitive position is unclear in the Scripture, we have exercised the liberty of partaking once each quarter as a church body. Many of our small groups share communion on a more regular basis. The small group setting probably comes closer to reflecting the intent and manner in which communion was originally shared—bringing a sense of family and unity, even oneness with the Father and the Son. 

Who Can Take Communion?

Communion is for anyone who is on a journey toward Jesus Christ. It is to be above all, a great reminder that Jesus forgives all our sins, heals our bodies, renews our strengths, gives us righteousness, etc. It is with great joy that we receive communion because of the great victory that Jesus won for us. It reminds us that we are permanently united with him in all these wonderful things.


Bible References: 

  • 2 Peter 1:3-5
  • Isaiah 53:3-5
  • Psalm 103
What does the Vineyard believe about GIVING?

On Money and Giving: 

Money and related issues touch every aspect of our lives.  We believe it is imperative that we discover God's will regarding finances, which is found in the Bible.  Clearly our Father wants us to live in abundance (John 10:10).  He has given us great grace that we might live free of all external requirements.  This grace leads us into love, in which we become more and more like Jesus Christ.  As we do that, we look through the Bible to find wisdom on how He lived, and we model our lives the same way.  It is our conviction that God's financial plan is simple—abundance + grace + applying wisdom to walk in the promises of God.  This wisdom then leads us into continued generous giving, wise stewardship, and being faithful workers.

The Foundation of Stewardship: 

Both the Old and New Testaments teach that God is the owner of everything on the earth and he sustains it by his mighty power. However, he has delegated responsibility for its care and administration to man. In this sense, we are stewards, not owners. 

This means that all of our possessions belong to the Lord: time, talents, natural abilities, possessions, financial resources, treasures, families, health, the places we live, and so forth, are essentially on loan from God. It's our responsibility to manage these things wisely, at his instruction, and for his glory. 

Although God owns everything. He is a generous Father.  In fact, He wants to co-create with us regarding our possessions.  Thus, He says keep a portion for ourselves to provide for our family, relatives, future needs, etc.  He wants us to live abundant lives.  The balance of our income beyond what we use for ourselves is to be used for Godís work and deeds of charity.  Let the Spirit be your guide in making the right decisions with your finances. 

When we learn to regard the totality of "our" possessions as belonging not to ourselves but to God, we can have a joyful sense of freedom from covetousness and possessiveness. We can view our "stuff" as divine entrustments placed in our care for the purposes of ministry in Godís Kingdom. As a result, we can be very generous people, distinctively earmarked by the habit of joyful, Spirit-led giving!

According to His Abundance: 

Our Father loves us.  His plan shows that Jesus came that we might "have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).  In Philippians 4:19 it actually states that our Father "will supply every need of ours according to His riches (abundance) in Christ Jesus." Based on these and many other promises from the Bible, we can say without a doubt that our Father wants to provide abundantly for us.

The question is, of course, how do we live in these promises?  Ephesians says we are blessed with all blessings, once we enter the family of God.  Is it automatic?  Do we have to work for it?  What does God expect of us?  

We believe the Bible is a resource full of godly wisdom that gives the answers to life. It states how God wants us to live.  Jesus, for example, is quoted in Acts 20:35 as saying, "It is more blessed to give than receive."  Verse after verse through the Bible states that giving is the wisdom that unlocks to God's financial plan.  For example, Malachi 3 says, "Give and the windows of heaven will be opened."  Luke 6 says, "Give and it will be given."  2 Corinthians 9:6 says, "Sow big and reap big—all our needs will be met, and weíll have plenty left to share."

Here's the key with biblical wisdom and grace.  God has provided an avenue for us to prosper.  Wisdom shows the avenue and grace empowers us to do it.  Grace also gives us the opportunity to ignore it.  It's our choice how far we want to go.  We encourage everyone to understand how God's abundance, Godís grace, and God's wisdom work together to allow us to walk in prosperity.

What About Tithing?

Historically, the family of God has always supported the priesthood, pastors, their churches, etc. In the Old Testament, this was very regimented under a system of three specific tithes.  

In the New Testament, tithing is different.  (By the way, tithing means "ten percent" of ALL our increase.)  Tithing is part of the wisdom of the New Testament.  For those who choose to walk in this, the promises are bountiful as the New Testament is focused on being very generous.  The wisest person in history (Jesus) has stated that this (generosity/tithing) leads to abundance, so why would you refuse?

What About Offerings?

Offerings are above and beyond tithes.  The Bible shows that tithes are always directed 100% to the church we attend.  Offerings may be directed as the Spirit leads.  For example, offerings may be used for building campaigns, missionary support, social programs, blessing the poor, etc.

We have found that those in love know no restraints on what they want to give.  Paul actually said in 2 Corinthians 8:7-9, "We prove our love by what we give."  Once again, under grace, it's our choice.  However, wisdom says, "I'm going to put faith into these promises and watch them come alive in my life."

Wisdom Reasons for Giving:

  1. It's an opportunity to prove our love for God (2 Cor 8:7-9)
  2. It's an opportunity to become a giver like God (Jn 3:16)
  3. It's an opportunity to show gratitude to God (2 Cor 9:8)
  4. It's an opportunity to be free from anxiety (Mt 6:31-33)
  5. It's an opportunity to strengthen our faith (Pro 3:5-6, 9-10)
  6. It's an opportunity to invest for eternity (Mt 6:19-21)
  7. It's an opportunity to receive financial blessing from God (2 Cor 9:6-8, Pro 22:9)

Please contact the church if you have any other questions or concerns about giving.

What does the Vineyard believe about THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

About the Kingdom of God:

We believe the Kingdom of God was the central mission and message of Jesus. To miss the significance of the Kingdom in the gospels is to fail to understand the life, work, and teaching of Christ. His ministry was the ministry of the Kingdom; his teaching showed men and women how to enter it; his works proved it had come; his parables taught its mysteries; and his prayers taught the disciples to desire its full expression.

Jesus made it clear that the struggle in which he was engaged was a battle between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. He came to invade this present evil age with the powers of the age to come, and he did it in the lives of men and women by attacking the works of the enemy. Jesus' words and works demonstrated the presence of Godís Kingdom rule on earth. In Jesus, the future has broken into the present.

What Does The Term "Kingdom of God" Mean?

The western world conceives of kingdoms largely in terms of geography over which a sovereign king exercises authority (e.g., King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table). But the Biblical term implies reign or rule. However, Jesus never directly explained what he meant when he used the word "kingdom." Consequently, many in his audiences misunderstood him to mean a return to the "good old days of King David"—a military hope where God's Kingdom would be a geographic, earthly, or nationalistic territory. Jesus as Messiah would be political ruler and wipe out all oppressors. Still others thought Jesus was referring to a time of future bliss, removed from the perils of Roman rule, when this present evil age would end as God's new world of peace, prosperity, and blessing dawned. 

But instead of destroying human sovereignties (e.g. Rome) or making changes in the political order, Jesus made changes in the spiritual order and in the lives of men and women. He launched his revolutionary movement with the manifesto in Luke 4:18-19: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord's favor has come."

Why Understanding The Kingdom Matters:

While most of us agree that Christianity should be the same kind of powerful force it was in the first century, we cannot really identify with the mighty Jesus of the Gospel narratives who moved in power. His lifestyle and activities are so foreign to our church life itís almost insurmountable. We have trouble agreeing with Jesus when he teaches his disciples that they—as the church—could do the same and greater works as he. 

Part of our difficulty in not doing what Jesus wants us to do is that we have failed to understand Jesusí mission: the establishment of the Kingdom of God. At The Vineyard Church, we believe that the Kingdom of God was the central message and mission of Jesus Christ. 

The writers of the gospels apparently had so much information about the Kingdom that they had to summarize their material. Such is the case at the beginning of Mark's gospel, where we read: "Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God's Good News. The time promised by God has come at last, he announced. The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!" (Mark 1:14-15) Other writers summarized in a similar fashion, such as Matthew in Matthew 4:23 and 9:35, and Luke in 10:1f. 

By studying these accounts and others, we too can gain a deeper understanding of the Kingdom of God and our calling as a church.

The Kingdom Is Here, But Not Fully Here...

We are awaiting its ultimate fulfillment, and this causes many people to struggle. The church lives "between the times"—between the inauguration and consummation of the Kingdom, between the "already" and the "not yet." The age to come has entered the present, and under this new rule, we can expect to receive the benefits of that age: forgiveness of sin, freedom from demons, and healing from sickness—but not without battle. What's unique about the era in which we live is that although the enemy's power is curbed, he has not yet been rendered powerless. The church is being called as God's army to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, continually assault the citadels of Satan, and bring the rule of God. 

The early church lived with the understanding that they were to continue Jesusí ministry on earth, ministering wholeness in an overall and inclusive sense, after his ascension in this overlapping of ages. Specifically, we see this to mean deliverance from demonic power and influence; forgiveness of sin; and restoration from sickness.

The Two-Kingdom Illustration: 


The Two-Kingdom Illustration spans the timeline of human history, beginning with the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. When Jesus came to Earth the first time, humanity entered the Last Days, the time period between Christ's resurrection and the second coming (Eternity) at the end of the world. Here, the two kingdoms overlap.

The Age to Come invades the present, pushing back the Kingdom of Darkness. The glimpse of eternity that came with Christ (the blind seeing, the dead risen, pain easing) continues today, but not perfectly. That's why we say the Kingdom is "here but not fully here." There is a tension, caused by constant spiritual warfare. By faith, we live in the Age to Come, but Satan works to keep us in This Age. When Christ returns, This Age will end and we will experience the fullness of Godís eternal kingdom. 

Bible References:

  • Amos 9:14 
  • Zechariah 8:4-8
  • Isaiah 1
  • Daniel 2:44-45
  • Isaiah 35:3-6
  • Luke 17:20-21
  • Matthew 12:22-30
  • John 14:12
  • Mark 1:14-15
  • Matthew 4:23, 9:35
  • Luke 10:1f
  • Luke 4:18
  • Matthew 12:28
  • Mark 2:5-12
  • Luke 7:47-50
  • John 5:1-15
  • Isaiah 35, 53:3-4 fulfilled in Matthew 8:17
What does the Vineyard believe about NEW BIRTH?

A Statement on the New Birth: 

Everybody wants to be happy and live a meaningful, fulfilled life. Our experience has been that what the Bible teaches is really true; that real happiness comes from living in a loving, powerful relationship with God. Just how do we do that?

God: 

Our entire life story begins and ends in God. He is both a loving father and a just and merciful King over all. God made mankind in his own image to love us. He wants a vital, intimate relationship with us in his Kingdom. In the context of this relationship, all of our needs are to be met in him. But if this is what God intends, why are so many people still unhappy? 

Sin:

In the first three chapters of Genesis, we catch a glimpse into what has come to be known as "the fall"—a time when the first man Adam and his wife Eve succumbed to Satan's temptations, ate the forbidden fruit, and were separated from God. At the very moment of Adam and Eve's deliberate, willful disobedience, sin entered the cosmos, and death began to spread because of sin. Ever since that day, all people (in every culture, in every age) are born with a sinful nature bent on selfishness and living independent of God. The image of God in us became marred and distorted in the fall, and we've suffered the effects of bondage, rebellion, alienation and separation from God, guilt, and shame. We have all fallen from God's glorious standard in what we think, say, and do. We end up miserable and unhappy, continuing a long, slow downward spiral of sinful thoughts and behaviors. So what is God's solution? 

Jesus: 

God's justice as a holy King demands that we be punished for our sin. But his compassion as a loving Father "won out" in that he provided a way for sinning and broken people to be reconciled with himself. God took the initiative to restore our relationship with him. Surprisingly, the way to God is a person—Jesus Christ, the unique son of God. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross (where his blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins), and he was raised to life on the third day. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus redeems us to intimacy with God and delivers us from Satan our enemy. Jesus' redeeming work also prepared the way for the Holy Spirit to live in us. So how do we respond? 

Receive:

In order to appropriate the redemption and forgiveness Jesus has provided, we must receive him. This involves repentance—which means we renounce our own rule, confess and turn from known sin. And it also means we believe—that we trust in and commit to Jesus Christ. We must believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and King. When we welcome Jesus into our lives in this way, at that very moment we become brand-new people! The Bible describes this process as being "born from above" or more literally, being "born-again" into the image of God with restored righteousness. Our trust in Jesus begins a life-long relationship. At the moment of conversion, our hearts are invaded by the life-changing Holy Spirit. God comes into our lives to bring his Kingdom rule. 

Commit:

God's intention all along has been to build a large family. He desires that we all become an active part of a local church. As a way of giving public evidence to our new birth, we will gladly be water baptized. Then we will begin to build into our lives new habits of cultivating our relationship with the living God through regular worship, celebrating the historic disciplines of the faith, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and reaching out to share our faith with others. God desires to dwell in us, in all of his power, fullness, and glory. He sends the Holy Spirit to enable us to now live a life of pursuing his will and being aligned with his purposes for us. We are now on the journey of discipleship—becoming a follower of God. 


Bible References: 

  • John 10:10
  • Romans 8:15‑16
  • Romans 5:12
  • Romans 6:23
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 3:24‑25
  • Galatians 4:4‑7
  • Colossians 1:13‑14
  • 1 John 3:8
  • Romans 8
  • 1 John 1:19
  • Romans 10:9‑10
  • 1 Corinthians 5:17
  • John 3:35
  • Acts 2:38
  • Matthew 28:18‑20
What does the Vineyard believe about WOMEN?

"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus...there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus...you are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you."

Galatians 3:26-30

The Role of Women in The Church:

The one grand story of the Bible—a King and his Kingdom—contains four sweeping movements: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. This brochure will explore how the first three of those movements affect our view of the role of women in the church.

1 Creation

In the beginning, men and women were created equally. We see in Genesis 1 that the "image of God" requires both genders to be expressed, and the "blessing" of verse 28 has no gender distinction. There is no hierarchy here, but rather a God-glorifying unity of purpose in male and female reflecting Godís glory and caring for his creation.

2 The Fall

Subsequently, Eve, the first woman, was tempted by the serpent to disobey God, and she fell to this temptation and sinned against God, drawing Adam her husband into the sin as well. In the balance of this chapter, God curses the serpent, the woman, the man, and creation itself. Throughout human history, there has been a tendency of men, as a result of this curse, to dominate and even oppress women. This subjugation and dominance is a negative outcome of sin.

3 Redemption

Jesus came to redeem us from the curse. One of the results of redemption is that Christ now defines all people; no longer do ethnic, economic, or gender differences serve as means to divide people. Neither is there any gender distinction in the church's mandate, the Great Commission. In addition, the biblical record of the early church is rich with evidence that men and women were considered to be equal in the church: both genders were filled with the Holy Spirit and endowed with amazing and miraculous gifts equally. The inclusion of women in the ministry of the church seems to be part of its DNA from the very beginning. As we read the New Testament letters, any place where personal greetings are exchanged, women and men are both mentioned in almost every conceivable sense. 

There are several Biblical passages which can seem to contradict these beliefs. For centuries, scholars with a command of the original languages and cultures have debated the intended meaning of these texts and have arrived at contradictory conclusions. It is unfortunate that in the history of the church, the misinterpretation of these texts has dominated the view of the role of women. In the Vineyard, we embrace the central Biblical theme of the equality of women and the end of sexism in the redemption of Jesus.

Consequently, we bless and release women to function in any role they are prepared for, providing they have the character and gifting appropriate to the task. As citizens of God's Kingdom—where there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, but all are one in Christ—we advocate against the hierarchy of men over women in church government, marriage, politics, or any social institution. Rather, we celebrate the diversity of the body of Christ, longing for the day of consummation when the church worships Jesus in all his glory.


Bible References: 

  • Genesis 1:27-28
  • Genesis 3:1-13
  • Galatians 3:13-14, 26-29
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 1:13-14, 2:1-4, 14-17
  • 1 Timothy 2:11-15
  • 1 Corinthians 14:34-35