What We Believe

We teach the Bible

From where does a church get its teachings? From where does a pastor get his message on a Sunday? At Christ the Vine, all of our teachings come from the Bible. We believe that the Bible is actually God's Word. The Apostle Paul wrote an encouraging letter to his friend Timothy, a pastor, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." We hold to this as well. The Bible tells us everything God wants us to know about himself, our relationship with him, how we not live up to his standard, and how he saved us.

We are Evangelical

Evangelical means that we preach the gospel, that is, the good news about Jesus as our Savior. That is our focus. That is why Jesus started his Church. Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). This is the mission of the Church: to bring the good news about Christ to people everywhere.

We are Lutheran
500 years ago, the church was in rough shape. The church had forgotten its mission to bring the message of Jesus to people. So God used men like Martin Luther to reform the church of his day and remind them of that mission. Martin Luther is often listed as one of the most influential people of all time. Yet, despite his high status in history, Martin Luther's primary concern was bringing Jesus to people. He wanted the people to know the real historical Jesus from the Bible. We have that same goal. We want to teach the Bible in its purity.