Here at The Village Church, there are things that we believe are foundational to a Christian’s life. These are not man-made rules or regulations. Rather, they are identified by God, through His Word, as foundational.
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We believe that the Bible, all sixty-six books of both Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God and that it is to be used for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe that the words of God are flawless (Proverbs 30:5) therefore, we believe that the Bible, God’s written Word, is also flawless, and is the only revelation of God to humanity (2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that the God of the Bible is the only one, true God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign ruler of the universe (Genesis 1, Psalm 145:13-19, Ephesians 4:6). We believe that God is eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17, Ephesians 4:4-6).
We believe that the Father is the Creator of the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1) and that everyone and everything upon the earth is His (Psalm 24:1). Being our Father and Creator, we were created for His glory (Isaiah 43:7) and in His image (Genesis 1:26). We believe the Father is unequaled (Psalm 24:8) and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). We believe that the Father is Sovereign above all (Isaiah 42:8) and that every good and perfect thing comes down from Him (James 1:17). We believe that the Father is perfectly holy (1 Peter 1:15, Leviticus 11:44). We believe that the Father does not delight in death (Ezekiel 18:32) but desires for all to be saved (2 Timothy 2:4).
We believe that Jesus Christ was present and active in creation (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16). We believe that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38) and is the Word of God in flesh (John 1:14). We believe that Jesus lived as a man on the earth (Philippians 2:7-8) and was both fully God and fully human (Colossians 1:15-20). He was tempted like we are, in every way, but did not sin (Matthew 4:1-11, Hebrews 4:14-16). We believe that Jesus Christ offered Himself, once, as the only sacrifice for the sin of all humanity by dying on a cross (Hebrews 9:11-14). We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after three days, ascended to Heaven and will return again to gather His followers to Himself, and to judge the world because of sin (Luke 24:1-7, Acts 1:9-11, John 14:2-3, Matthew 25:31-46, Colossians 3:5-6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit was active in creation (Genesis 1:2) and moved men to write the words that they heard from God (2 Peter 1:21). We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts man of sin (John 16:7-8) and through salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ as the risen Son of God, becomes the seal of our inheritance to eternal life in heaven (Ephesians 1:13-14). We believe that the Holy Spirit is manifested through the life of a redeemed follower of Jesus Christ by a variety of gifts and abilities that the Holy Spirit uses as He desires. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).
We believe, according to the Bible, that Satan was an angel created by God (Ezekiel 28:13) and through the sin of pride he rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven (Ezekiel 28:16-17). Satan is currently active in the present world and is described in the Bible as a murderer, the father of lies, and a devouring lion (John 10:10, John 8:44, 1 Peter 5:8). We believe that Satan was conquered by Christ on the cross and his ultimate end is to be condemned to an everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 1:18, Revelation 20:10).
We believe that all of humanity is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) and that God has created humanity to be male and female (Genesis 1:27). Man violated the commandments of God, damaging our image forever and bringing sin into the world (Romans 5:12). Sin has caused humanity to be alienated from God and hostile in mind toward Him (Colossians 2:21). The sin condition of humanity cannot be changed apart from the divine work of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6 & 8, Ephesians 2:1).
We believe that salvation only comes by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ when we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9-10, 13). Salvation is totally and completely dependent upon the grace of God, which is a free gift accepted by faith alone in Jesus Christ and cannot be earned in anyway (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that genuine salvation, as evidenced by life lived according to the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-26), is secure for eternity and cannot be lost or taken away (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 4:30, 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that every saved follower of Jesus Christ should, in obedience to Jesus, be baptized (Matthew 28:19). We believe that baptism is done by full immersion in water (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Acts 8:38-39). We believe that baptism should, as soon as possible, accompany a person’s belief that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and that baptism is a part of their confession of Him as Lord of their life (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38-41).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper, Communion, is commanded by Christ for His followers to do in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:14-20). It is the proclamation of His death until He returns, and should only be taken after careful self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
We believe the church, both locally and around the world, made up of those believing and confessing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, is one body of which Jesus Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:17-18). The church exists so that followers of Jesus Christ will be equipped to live and work for the Kingdom of God on the earth, and fulfill the Great Commission (Ephesians 4:12, Matthew 28:18-20).
The Great Commission
We believe that the work of every follower of the Lord Jesus Christ is to make disciples. This is done by preaching the Good News of His salvation to everyone, by baptizing new believers, and by teaching all that Christ commands (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, and The Book of Acts).