Vision & Beliefs
When it comes to our beliefs, there are three things we want to keep in mind:
- In essentials we have unity. “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3
- In non-essentials we have freedom. “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 12
- But in all our beliefs we show love. “If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but
haveno love, I amount to nothing at all.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)
What we believe about the Scriptures
What we believe about God
We believe in one God, the Creator
What we believe about Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. (Isaiah 9:6; 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-18; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Galatians 4:1-5; Colossians 1:13-22)
What we believe about the Holy Spirit
We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to men, to convict of sin, to regenerate repentant sinners and, by His presence and power, to sanctify the lives of the redeemed. (John 14:16-18; 15:26-27; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; I Corinthians 12:1-13; Ephesians 1:13-14)
What we believe about people
We believe that human beings are created in the image of God as His supreme work and as such have infinite worth and dignity, but, by willful transgression became sinful and justly under the condemnation and wrath of
What we believe about salvation
We believe that the only salvation from sin’s guilt and condemnation is through repentance and faith in the righteousness and atonement of the Lord Jesus
What we believe about eternal security
We believe that because the believer is laid hold of and kept by the power of God and not by self-effort, and
What we believe about the church
We believe that a New Testament church is a body of baptized believers committed to the New Testament teachings of Christ, associated
What we believe about baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism is only to be administered upon profession of faith in Christ, by immersion, thereby declaring faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Lord, that communion is only for believers and is in remembrance of the Lord’s death until He comes. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)
What we believe about last things
We believe that, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth and that, associated with His return, there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust, the just to be with Him throughout eternity in glory, the unjust to eternal condemnation in hell. (Matthew 16:24-27; 24:27-44; John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:24-58; Philippians 3:20-21; I Thessalonians 1:14-18; 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:3-13)
At Venture, We BELIEVE JESUS INVITES US ON A JOURNEY RICH IN RELATIONSHIPS, AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, AND MARKETPLACE MINISTRY.
BELIEFS THAT DRIVE OUR VALUES
We believe in Partnering with God to advance the Gospel
People who partner together in the gospel increase the likelihood of achieving their mission and advancing their influential reach (Philippians 1:5).
We believe in Competent Strategic Leadership
We believe in Life on Life Discipleship
When we realize that God intentionally places people around our lives for us to shepherd, we really come alive and begin to fulfill the mission of the church.
We believe in Marketplace Ministry
We believe in Creative & Vibrant Worship
Worship is the celebration of who God is and how He is actively revealing and working in our lives; worship should elicit the response, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6).
We believe in Relevant Ministry Environments
Our responsibility is to create environments that are conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.