Statement of Faith

The need for a statement of faith arose shortly after the beginning of the Vineyard movement in 1983. We were growing quite rapidly and people were coming into the movement from a variety of theological backgrounds and church traditions. To remain true to the faith once and for ever given to the saints, we knew it was necessary to develop a statement of faith that was faithful to Scriptures and represented the diversity of those who are committed to live under the Lordship of
Jesus Christ and in relationship with one another in the Vineyard.

The Bible is our final authority in matters of faith and practice. Therefore, the statements that follow reflect our best attempt to express what we believe, and how we are to live out that faith at this time. Upon further reflection, greater biblical insight, or increased wisdom through experience, these statements could be revised. Until such time, the Vineyard USA Board of Directors has formally adopted this document as our official statement of Faith. This action was taken in 1994.

The understanding that the Kingdom of God is the integrating motif of our understanding of the story of God, the Bible and our theology has influenced the structure of this document. From beginning to end, this Statement of Faith reflects our understanding that biblical theology is
eschatological in nature and this eschatological dimension is expressed in terms of the Kingdom of God.

The Vineyard Statement of Faith outlines the 12 points of Vineyard’s doctrinal statement.   A brief over view of the 12 points are listed below.  For a full and detailed listing of Vineyard’s doctrinal statement, view the pdf document here.

  1. God the King and the Holy Trinity
  2. God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
  3. Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
  4. The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall and The Doctrine of Original Sin
  5. God’s Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants
  6. Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
  7. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  8. The Sufficiency of Scripture
  9. The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
  10. The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
  11. Baptism and the Lord’s Prayer
  12. The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgement
 
As members of the Association of Vineyard Churches, University Vineyard follows the spiritual doctrines outlined at their webpage www.vineyardusa.org.