Statement of Faith

Vine Life Ministries, Inc. has not adopted a formal program of “membership” but believes that each and every follower of Jesus who has been born into the family of God is, by virtue of such birth, a member of the universal and catholic Church of Jesus Christ. The founders of Vine Life have set forth the following “Statement of Faith” and every Director, Officer and Employee of Vine Life subscribes to these tenants of faith.

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21; I Cor. 2:13; 10:11; John 10:35).

We explicitly affirm our belief in basic Bible teachings as follows:

1. There is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each of whom possesses all of the attributes of Deity and thus the characteristics of personality (Matt. 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3,4; II Cor. 13:14).

2. God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, is the functional head of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). He sent the Son to obtain satisfaction for divine justice and proclaim reconciliation. The Holy Spirit He sent to teach truth. He is spoken of as the Father of all creation, of angels, of Israel, of believers and of Christ (John 14:17; John 16:13; II Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 4:6).

3. Jesus is God, the Living Word, Who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. He lived a sinless life, and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he lived and died. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for man. (Matt. 1:16,20,23; Luke 1:34; Heb. 4:15; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15; Acts 1:9-11; I Peter 2:5-9; I John 2:1)

4. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of Redemption (John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; Heb. 4:15; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15; Acts 1:9-11; I Peter 2:5-9; I John 2:1).

5. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation. Man’s nature is corrupted and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26, 17; Eph. 2:1; Rom. 1:18; 3:20; 7:21-25; 5:12).

6. Satan, created by God and existing as a real living being, has fallen from Grace (Rev. 12:7-9) and exists today and appears as an “Angel of Light” and the arch deceiver, father of lies, cunning, knowing and misusing scripture, advisary of man, origin of all evil, bringing death, destruction and doom. He is leader of all fallen angels and evil spirits and demons, but all of whom are subject in every way to God and defeated by the blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Satan’s powers are limited by God to; the afflicting of the righteous (Job 1:12); all sinners are under his dominion (Acts 26:18); he claims authority over the world (Luke 4:6); he contends with the saints (Eph. 6:12); and he inspires counterfeit miracles (II Thes. 2:9).

7. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace, and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 3:16; Titus 3:5-8).

It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word. The Holy Spirit’s fullness, power and control are appropriated in believer’s lives by faith (Rom. 5:9,10; 8:1,29,30,38&39; John 5:24; 10:27-30; 14:16; I Tim. 1:12; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 7:25; Jude 24).

Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God. The Scriptures set out the principles and rules of the Christian life (Rom. 12:1,2; Gal. 5:16-26; II Cor. 6:14).

8. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God admonished His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement (I Cor. 12:12-13; Col. 1:18; Eph. 2:15,16).

9. At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing (I Cor. 15:12; II Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23; John 12:26).

At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation (Eph. 2:12; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20:11-15).  Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – – – personally, visibly and bodily – – – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God (Rev.19:11-16; Zech.14:4;  I Thes.1:9-10).

10. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men to every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and game Himself for us” (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47, 48).

We accept those large areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of our ministry, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us. Each team member is expected to be in agreement with the above Statement of Faith throughout the term of association or employment with Vine Life Ministries.

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