Our Faith Priorities
Vineyard Columbus stands firmly in the center of orthodox Christian teaching and practice. We draw from the rich traditions of the Church throughout history and we adhere to its major creeds: the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Chalcedonian Creed. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel, we have come to a number of convictions concerning the clear teaching of the Bible. At the same time, we have not included in our statement of faith much that can be legitimately debated by orthodox Christians. In other words, we do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive.
In light of this, we describe our church in terms of these five faith priorities:
We are Jesus centered
We believe in the centrality of the gospel, the good news of Jesus—His perfect life, his sacrificial death on the cross for sinners, and his bodily resurrection. We believe it is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone that we are forgiven and saved. We believe in the importance of sharing this good news and calling people to faith in Christ.
We are Scripture based
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God and is therefore the basis for everything we believe and do. We believe in the importance of teaching all of the Bible to our congregation, and that it is through learning and putting the Bible into practice that we mature as followers of Jesus.
We are Spirit empowered
We welcome the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, believing that as followers of Jesus we share in the life of God through the Spirit. We therefore live expectantly, inviting the Spirit’s work through all the gifts the Bible speaks of.
We are culturally diverse
We believe the church on earth is to be an expression of the Kingdom of God in heaven (Revelation 7:9)—people from every nation, tribe, people, and language reconciled and united in Christ. Our congregation is therefore deeply committed to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
We are socially engaged
We believe we are called to be engaged in the world around us as “salt and light,” expressing the love of God through good works such as providing for those in need, defending the weak, and working for justice.