VMC Statement of Faith
In essential beliefs we have unity.
There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all... Eph. 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs we have liberty.
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...
Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls...
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things
keep between yourself and God.
In all our beliefs we show charity.
If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains—but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
1 Cor. 13:2
The following are fundamental beliefs of our faith,
and are adapted from the EMCC publication, Faith and Practice
a) Three-in-one Spirit - God is Spirit: self-existent, infinite, personal, unchangeable and eternal in His being; perfect in holiness, love, justice, goodness, wisdom, and truth; all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere present; Creator and Sustainer of all things, both visible and invisible; both within and outside of creation; eternally existing in three persons Who are one in substance and equal in power and glory: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Jn. 4:24 Dt. 6:4; 1 Co. 8:4-6 Mt. 28:19; 2 Co. 13:14)
b) Father - The Father is born of none, but is eternal; Father of the Lord Jesus Christ; the Author of salvation; the Father of all who are born into new life through faith in Christ. (Ge. 1:1 Ps. 90:2 Jn. 13:3; Ep. 1:3-4 Ep. 1:2-3; 1 Pe. 1:2-4)
c) Son - The Lord Jesus Christ is God; is the only Son of the Father; incarnate since He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, thus uniting the divine and human natures in their completeness into the one unique person Jesus Christ; is sinless in His life and miraculous works; made atonement through His death for the sins of the world; is bodily resurrected and ascended to the right hand of the Father, having sovereign power and lordship; acts in His present mediating ministry as the believer’s Advocate; awaits His coming in power and glory. (Jn. 1:1,14 Lu. 1:35; Jn. 1:14, 18 2 Co. 5:21 Jo. 3:16 Ac. 1:11; 6Ti. 2:13-14)
d) Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is from the Father and was sent by the Son after His ascension. He gives new birth to those who put their faith in Christ, and lives in every believer—a guarantee of our inheritance. His work is to convict people of sin, righteousness and judgment6; to regenerate those who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; to lead into truth, sanctify, empower, teach, guide and comfort the believer; and to fill the believer. He works in the church to unite believers; to indwell them as temples of God; to equip them with gifts and graces for service; to give them the body of inspired truth; and to guide the church into the will of God. Believers are to not grieve or quench the Spirit, but rather to walk in dependence by the direction of the Spirit.
(Jn. 14:26 Jn. 16:7; Ac. 2:1-4 John 3:3-7 Ep. 1:13-14 Jn. 16:7-14 Ti. 3:5-6 Jn. 4:16-17 Ep. 5:18 1 Co. 12:7-11
Ep. 4:30; 1 Th. 5:19; Ga. 5:16)
2. The Bible
The Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God given by divine inspiration, and is inerrant in the original manuscripts. It remains the unchanging authority in matters of Christian faith and practice, and is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses. (2 Pe. 1:20-21 Ps. 119:9;
1 Pe. 1:25 2 Ti. 3:16; He. 4:12 Ps. 119:105)
a) Our Creation - Humankind was created by God, in the image and likeness of God, possessing personality and holiness. Enjoying close fellowship with God in our original state, we were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Having been created in God’s likeness we are self-conscious personalities capable of free and rational choice. Human life has inherent worth from conception. (Ge. 1:26-27; 5:1-3; 9:6; Ja. 3:9 Ep. 1:4-6)
b) Our Fall - Through the sin of Adam, humankind is fallen from original righteousness, suffers under sin’s curse, apart from the grace of God is entirely destitute of holiness and inclined continually to evil, and unless born again, “cannot see the kingdom of God.” In our own strength, without divine grace, we cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God. We are each free moral agents responsible for our eternal destiny, under the influence and empowering of the Holy Spirit. By the grace of God, we are enabled to exercise our wills to accept God’s will and gift. (Ge. 6:5 Ro. 3:10, 18, 23; Ep. 2:1-3 Jn. 3:3-7 Ro. 2:4)
c) Our Redemption - God has provided redemption for all people through the mediating work of Christ, Who voluntarily offered Himself on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for sin, the just suffering for the unjust, bearing sin’s curse and dying for every person. (Ac. 4:12; 1 Ti. 2:5-6 Jo. 10:17-18 Ti. 2:11-14; He. 2:9)
We are all sinners, guilty before God, and dead in sins. Therefore, we are unable to save ourselves, but God has, out of His infinite love, given His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to become our Saviour. (Jn. 14:6 Jn. 3:14-17
Ro. 3:20-26; Ep. 2:4-5, 8-9)
a) Repentance - Genuine repentance is a necessary attitude and act of people which a holy and just God requires before He forgives our sins. As an attitude it involves a knowledge of, a change of mind toward, and a godly sorrow for sin; a proper reverence for God’s holiness; and a surrender to God. As an act it means confessing and forsaking sin. Repentance is our appropriate response to the grace of God in conviction. As a fruit of repentance, in so far as possible where sin has been committed, restitution should be made. (Ps. 51:3-4 2 Co. 7:8-11 Pr. 28:13; Is. 6:1-5 Jn. 16:8-11)
b) Faith - Faith, which accompanies repentance, is God’s gift where, by an act of the will, we embrace His promises and appropriate per-sonally the provisions of His grace. By faith, believers rest in the completeness and adequacy of the atoning merit of Christ’s sacrifice as the only ground and hope of salvation. Scripture teaches that good works are evidence of a regenerated life, springing from a true and living faith, and pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ. (Ro. 5:1-2; Ep. 2:8-9 Ep. 2:10 He. 11:6; Ja. 2:17)
c) Justification and Regeneration - God justifies and regenerates sinners when they personally believe and repent. Justification is a act which absolves us of the guilt and punishment for sin and restores us to divine favour. Justification has to do with the changing of the sinner’s standing before God. Regeneration has to do with the changing of the sinner’s nature through the imparting of divine life. Regeneration is a spiritual birthing, a new birth. This experience is witnessed to by the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who produces in the heart a desire to do the will of God. (Ro. 8:33 Ep. 2:1-3 Ro. 5:9-12 Jn. 3:5-6 Ro. 8:16; Ep. 1:13-14)
d) Sanctification and Filling with the Holy Spirit - Sanctification is the work of God in making believers holy and renewing them in His image. It is the will of God that each believer should be cleansed from sin, filled with the Holy Spirit and sanctified. Sanctification involves separation from sin and full dedication to the will of God. God in turn gives power for holy living and effective service. Sanctification is both a moment, as the regenerated believer initially surrenders to the will of God and appropriates the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and a progressive journey of continual consecration and growth in character and Christ-likeness.
The filling of a believer with the Holy Spirit is unmistakable, and is evidenced by love out of a pure heart and by the fruit of the Spirit. It is the believer’s privilege to live, by faith, a Spirit-filled, Spirit-gifted, and Spirit-led life of victory over sin and fear, and of ministry. (Ac. 15:8-9; Ro. 6:19, 22 Ro. 8:5-11 Ro. 12:1-2 Ro. 8:1-4, 9-11; Jn. 17:17-19; He. 12:14 Ro. 5:5 2 Co. 7:1, Ga. 5:22-23)
e) Security of the Believer - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation. We are adopted into God’s family and the gift of the Holy Spirit is the “deposit” which guarantees our salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. The true believer will bear the fruit of the Christian life. While a person cannot “lose” his or her salvation, it is possible to wilfully turn away from the salvation which had been wilfully accepted. (Jn. 10:29; 2 Ti. 1:12; He. 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Pe. 1:3-5 He. 6:4-6)
f) Resurrection and Glorification - Christ was bodily resurrected and because He lives we too will live. At the return of the Lord, the bodies of the righteous dead will be raised and, together with the living believers, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. We will all be changed so as to have literal, spiritual and immortal bodies like Christ’s own glorious body. This is God’s final act in our salvation and will be realized when we see Him as He is. (1 Co. 15:19-23 1 Th. 4:14-17 1 Jn. 3:2-3)
5. The Church
a) The church is an organism composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, called out from the world, separated from sin, and vitally united by faith to Christ, its living Head and sovereign Lord. (Ac. 15:12-18; 1 Co. 12:12-27 Ep. 5:25-26 Ep. 2:11-12)
b) The local church is an organized body of believers in Christ who are voluntarily joined together for public worship, prayer, fellowship, discipling, service, evangelism and observance of the ordinances, and who are given the responsibility to administer discipline. (Ep. 1:5-6, 3:20-21 1 Th. 5:11 Mt. 28:18‑20; Ac. 1:8)
c) The characteristic marks of the members of the true church are faith in Jesus as the Son of God, love for God and for those of like faith, obedience to God’s commandments, and victory over sin. (1 Jn. 3:21-24 1 Jn. 5:1‑5)
6. The Last Things
a) The Return of Christ - The second coming of Christ is the hope of the church and will be personal, bodily, visible, sudden, pre-millennial, and redemptive. It is a source of encouragement and hope, a motive for holiness, and an inspiration for service. (Mt. 24:3-25 Re. 19:7-8 Th. 4:16-18; Re. 20:4-6 1 Ti. 6:12-14; 1 Jn. 3:3; Re. 5:9-10)
b) The Millennium - The millennium, or thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth, will be ushered in by His return with the saints. During this period Satan will be bound, the curse will be lifted, evils such as war, poverty, and injustice will vanish from the earth, and Christ will reign in righteousness. (Is. 2:1‑4; 11:6‑9; Re. 20:1‑6)
c) The Judgment and Future State - There will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. All persons stand under the righteous judgement of God, both now and in that day. People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (Jn. 5:28-29 Ac. 17:31)
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