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WHAT WE BELIEVE
WHAT WE BELIEVE
ARTICLES OF FAITH
ARTICLE I TRUE VINE FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
Section 1.01 True Vine Fellowship Ministries. The official name shall be True Vine Fellowship Ministries (Matthew 28:19-20), founded December 9, 2007, by Presbyter Bishop Robert L. Hart Jr. and Co Presbyter Prophetess Toya L. Hart. In addition, we shall endeavor to conduct worship services and christian education to instill and demonstrate biblical principles of truth by utilizing them in the operations of this ministry and to adopt other means that in the judgment of the Presbyters will further these principles in which True Vine Fellowship Ministries commit to their authority.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
Section 2.01 Why We Exist. True Vine Fellowship Ministries exists to glorify God and to serve the Body of Christ by leading individuals to salvation through Jesus Christ through Spirit-led evangelism. While maintaining our rights to sovereignty in the conduct of our own affairs, this assembly shall voluntarily enter into spiritual fellowship with any and all churches of like precious faith, whether of denominational status. Further, it shall endeavor to bring about the commonality of mission and fellowship in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the authority of the Holy Scriptures under the assumption of the Holy Ghost.
Section 2.02 Statement of Faith and Vision. Reaching out to a dying world, spreading the truth of the Gospel. Recruit, Train & Send to the Field!
ARTICLE III DOCTRINAL POSITION
Section 3.01 The Godhead Father, Son, Holy Ghost. We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristic of personality. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He operates throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily paid for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Ghost, the third person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need for a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body. The Holy Ghost guides believers in understanding and applying the scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
(Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22, Psalm 90:2, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-15, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-25, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Acts 1:9-11, Titus 2:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, John 14:16-17, 16:7-13, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, 5:18, Galatians 5:25)
Section 3.02 The Bible and the Church. The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that was given through chosen men. Thus, scripture simultaneously speaks with the authority of God and infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the writings similarly inspired by God. There is one true universal church, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Scriptures command believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism (by immersion), communion, fellowship, service to the body through the development, use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is a local expression of the church. Under the watch and care of elders and other supportive leadership, its disciples are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105 & 106, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5,
Psalm 118:3-11, Titus 1:6-9, 1 John 3:1)
Section 3.03 Salvation, Faith, and Baptism. Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. We turn from our self-ruled life by faith. Faith is hoping in what is not seen and comes from hearing the Word of God. Christianity is the only true faith and accompanies obedience to God. Faith puts us in a right relationship with God and is needed for salvation. Believing God takes faith and only a small amount of faith is needed. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin and the testimony to faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
(Romans 6:23, 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, 14:6, Galatians 3:26, Genesis 15:6, Luke 17:6,
Romans 3:28, 5:1, Ephesians 4:5, Hebrews 11:1, 7:12, Matthew 3:13-17, 2819-20,
Acts 241-42, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)
Section 3.04 Eternal Securities and Life. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping the power of God that gives us this security. 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 relationship with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10 & 14, 1 Peter 1:3-5, John 3:16, 14:17,
Romans 6:23, 8:17-18, Revelation 20:15, 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
Section 3.05 Human Destiny. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body.
(Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2, Romans 3:23)
Section 3.06 The Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through the taking of the bread (Christ's body) and the fruit of the vine (Christ's blood), memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
(Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
Section 3.07 Same-Sex Relationships/Marriages. True Vine Fellowship Ministries will not indulge or support same-sex relationships and marriages. We believe this is a sexual sin and an abomination unto God. We believe in God-made marriages (Adam/Eve) and relationships and will allow only these relationships and marriages within this Holy Church.
(Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10)