WHATS THE VISION AND MISSION OF V.C.F?
The mission of our church is simple, it is being obedient to Christ's command to "Go into the world making disciples." We seek to use our resources, talents, and time towards making disciples starting in Redding and then throughout the world.
The vision of our church comprises of three simple words: Reach, Teach, and Equip. We desire to fulfill the Great Commission by devoting our time and energy to reaching out to our community and beyond with the love of Jesus Christ. We will be intentional in teaching sound doctrine every Sunday morning and throughout the week in all our various ministries. We will strive to equip our church family for the work of the ministry no matter where the Lord would use them, be it down the hall or in another country.
We exist to be more than Sunday Morning acquaintances we desire to be a family, meaning that we want to have everyone, regardless of any differences, feel welcome and invested in, from the first day they pull into our parking lot.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and the Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates us from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
We were all created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God. (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
About The Bible
The Bible is God's Word to all mankind. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6
About Spiritual Gifts
We believe all the gifts of the Spirit are in operation in the body of Christ. We are not opposed to the use of the gifts when they are properly used to build up the body. We are, however, opposed to the misuse of the gifts and the division it causes. (1 Corinithians 12 & 14)
About The Future
We believe the Jews have been reestablished in the land of Israel as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and God will be faithful to fulfill all His covenants with Israel as a nation. This is one of the major signs pointing to the return of Jesus the Messiah. (Deuteronomy 4:27-31; Isaiah 11:11)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Issac 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10)
Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we are born again by receiving Jesus Christ into our lives by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5)
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in his or her salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:9; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Timothy 10:10)
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son as God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 5:25)
What We Believe About Marriage
The first institution God blessed and ordained was the institution of marriage. The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding ceremony. God wants us to be intimately involved and considers the marriage relationship the most important of all relationships except for one's personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Marriage is the foundation of the family and all human government. It also is to serve as a model of intimacy and an example of the relationship the church is to have with Christ. This is why God wants to bless marriage above all other relationships. God has made marriage a very holy thing, and we want to honor that.