The accurate study and proclamation of God's Word is integral to fulfilling this task. Thus, we constantly ask the Holy Spirit to lead us in truth as we express these beliefs. We hope that they derive entirely from scripture – the only rule for Christian faith and practice.
A basic STATEMENT OF FAITH is helpful but by necessity abbreviated. It is essential that we "get" the gospel right, not only in its simplest salvation truths ("believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved"), but also in cherishing the fullness that the Word provides in describing the entire gamut of the redemptive work of Christ. Stated biblically: "Man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY word that comes from the mouth of God."
In these self-reliant and self-congratulatory times, we must be especially careful in wholly acknowledging God and His grace through Christ in our salvation. We must jealously guard the glory due to Jesus alone for our redemption -- never mixing the credit for our salvation between ourselves and God: "And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, `Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'" (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).
We therefore constantly ask the Holy Spirit to lead us in truth, expressing these beliefs in hope that they derive entirely from the Word of God. In framing a statement of faith we have also carefully reviewed traditional creeds and teachings of the Protestant Reformation.
Section 1. Sola Scriptura
The Holy Scriptures including the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, being inspired by God, are the only infallible rule of faith and practice, and shall be the supreme source of authority for Village Christian Fellowship in all matters of faith and practice. (John 1:1-2; 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
Section 2. Stated Beliefs
In framing the following Statement of Faith we have carefully reviewed Scripture, the traditional Church creeds and the teachings of and confessions from the Protestant Reformation:
(1) Beliefs Concerning God and His Word:
We believe that there is One God who exists forever in Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is a Spirit, completely self-sufficient and infinite in being, honor, happiness and perfection. He is eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, all-powerful, knowing all things, wise, holy, just, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth.
We believe that God is the Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible. He authored and accomplished the redemption of the Church. We believe that God has revealed Himself to humanity through the Bible – His completed Word and without error in the original writings. The scripture is given by inspiration of God and is the only rule for faith and life.
(2) Beliefs Concering the Human Race
We believe that God directly created Adam and made him the head of the human race. Adam disobeyed God and through his sin brought the continuance of sin and guilt upon all people. All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state.
We believe that every person sins and disobeys God’s commandments and is deserving of judgment; and that those remaining in unbelief regarding Jesus Christ will be judged guilty on the Last Day and will endure the eternal wrath of God in hell. We cannot save ourselves from this sinful condition nor atone for our sins through our own character or works.
(3) Beliefs Concrning Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, eternal and equal with God the Father, begotten and not created by the Father, and that the He became man. Christ then is God and man, one person with two distinct natures, who is the appointed Mediator between God and man.
We believe that Jesus Christ lived an absolutely perfect life in accordance with the Law of God and that He suffered death on the cross. Christ was raised from the dead and returned to heaven where He makes intercession forever for the Church. Christ satisfied the penalty of sin and secured the gift of eternal life for His people whom He empowers to believe.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and that He governs us through His Word and Spirit, directs us to proclaim His gospel throughout the world, and assists us through His power and wisdom to overcome His enemies and all who war against our souls. Christ will return again to earth in order to establish the eternal kingdom of God.
(4) Beliefs Concerning the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is eternal and equal with God the Father and with God the Son in the Godhead. The Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son.
We believe that the Spirit accomplishes God’s work in the world, originally inspired and now teaches us the Word of God, applies the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection in our redemption, empowers all Christian living and service, and directs the activities of the Church.
Every believer, being born of the Spirit, has the Holy Spirit. But every Christian should also pray and ask the Heavenly Father to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. The various gifts and ministries of the Spirit described in Scripture remain in operation today in the contemporary Church.
(5) Beliefs Concerning Salvation:
We believe that it is through God’s grace that the Holy Spirit creates us anew and brings us to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Because of the propitiatory death and resurrection of Jesus Christ those who believe receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and new relationship with God.
We believe that through the righteousness of Jesus Christ we are made right with God and adopted as His children. Jesus commands all those who believe in Him to be baptized in water. We believe that the continuing work of salvation, sanctification, is the life-long process of God’s grace whereby Christians become increasingly like Jesus as they obey and abide in Him.
(6) Beliefs Concerning the Church:
We believe that the Church consists of all believers in Jesus Christ. As a local Church we gather together as Christians under the authority of Christ to worship God, proclaim His Word, participate in the sacraments, love each other, and advance His work in the world. Jesus Christ commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations – thereby prioritizing both local evangelism and world missions.