VCC DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the holy Bible is verbally inspired in every word (2 Tim 3:16),
absolutely inerrant in the original documents (Mt 5:18; 2 Ti 3:16), infallible,
God-breathed and it constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (1
Jn 10:35; 17:17; 2 Pe 1:20, 21). We believe that the Bible consists of 39 books in the
Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament that provide God’s authoritative
written revelation to mankind (2 Ti 3:16–17; 1 Th 2:13). Scripture is the supreme and
final authority (Ps 19:7–11; Ps 119; Rom 10:17; Heb 4:12).
We believe that there is only one living and true God (Dt 6:4; Is 45:5–7; 1 Co
8:4), who is an infinite, all knowing Spirit (Jn 4:24), perfect in all His attributes,
one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son & Holy Spirit
(Mt 28:19; 2 Co 13:14).
God the Father
We believe that God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His
own purpose and grace (Ps 145:8–9; 1 Co 8:6), and that He is the creator of all
things (Ge 1:1–31; Eph 3:9) and the sustainer of all things (Ps 104). God is
sovereign in creation, providence and redemption (Ps 103:19; Ro 11:36), and He
has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Eph 1:11). As Creator,
He is Father to all men (Eph 4:6) but He is the spiritual Father only to believers
(Ro 8:14; 2 Co 6:18). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He
would have as His own (Eph 1:4–6); He saves from sin all those who come to Him
through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him; and He
becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (Jn 1:12; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:5; Heb
God the Son
We believe that God the Son (Jesus Christ) possesses all the divine excellencies, and
in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with God the Father (Jn 10:30;
14:9, Col 2:9). We believe that God the Father created “the heavens and the earth and
all that is in them” according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ , by whom all
things continue in existence and in operations (Jn 1:3; Col 1:15–17; Heb 1:2). He is fully
God (Jn 1:1–2; 14; 17:1–5) and fully man (Php 2:5–8). In His incarnation (God
becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the
divine essence, either in degree or kind. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born
of a virgin (Is 7:14; Mt 1:23, 25; Lk 1:26–35). He lived a sinless life (2 Co 5:21; Heb
4:15), performed miracles (Mt 11:4–5; Jn 2:11) and He accomplished our
redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross, which
was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory and redemptive (Jn 10:15; Ro
3:24–25; 5:8; 1 Pe 2:24). We believe that our justification is made sure by the literal,
physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and that He is now ascended to the
right hand of God, where He mediates as our Advocate and High Priest (Mt 28:6; Ac
2:30–31; Ro 4:25; 8:34; Heb 7:25; 9:25; 1 Jn 2:1). At Christ’s resurrection, God
confirmed the deity of His Son Jesus and gave proof that He had accepted the atoning
work of Christ on the cross.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal, underived, and in all of the
divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Mt
28:19; Ac 5:3–4; 1 Co 12:4–6; 2 Co 13:14). We recognize His sovereign activity in
creation (Ge 1:2), in the incarnation (Mt 1:18), in the written revelation of Scripture (2
Pe 1:20–21), and in the work of salvation (Jn 3:5–7). His ministry is to glorify Jesus
Christ and to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and to transform
believers into the image of Christ (Jn 16:7–9; Ac 1:5; 2:4, Ro 8:29; 2 Co 3:18; Eph
2:22). He is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all
believers into the body of Christ (1 Co 12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies,
instructs, empowers believers for service, and seals all believers unto the day of
redemption (Ro 8:9–11; 2 Co 3:6; Eph 1:13).
We believe that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and
likeness (Gen 1:27; 2:7). We believe God’s intention in the creation of man was that
man should glorify God, enjoy fellowship with God, and live his life in the will of God in
order to accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Is 43:7; Ro 8:16–17; Ro 12:2;
Eph 1:11; Php 2:13; 1 Jn 1:3). When Adam sinned, man lost his innocence, thus
incurring the penalty of spiritual and physical death and man became subject to the
wrath of God. Man became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or
doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. Man’s salvation is
thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Jn 3:36; Ro 3:23; 6:23; 1 Co 2:14; Eph 2:1–3; 8–9; 1 Pe 1:3–5).
We believe that the only way to inherit the kingdom of God is through Jesus
Christ (Jn 3:18–19; 6:37–40, 44; 14:6; Ac 4:12; Ro 10:9; Gal 3:26). We believe that
salvation is a gift of God brought about completely by His grace and for His glory and
that God elects, calls, justifies, sanctifies and ultimately glorifies according to His
sovereign will. Salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of
Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood and not on the basis of human merit or works
(Eph 2:8–9; 2 Co 5:21; Col 1:13–14; 2:13–14; 1 Pe 1:3–5).
We believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the
divine nature and divine life are given (Jn 3:3–8; Tit 3:5). It is instantaneous and is
accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the
Word of God (Jn 5:24; 1 Pe 1:23), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy
Spirit , responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation (2 Co 5:17; Galatians 3:26;
Eph 2:8–9; Jas 1:18; 2 Pe 1:3–4).
We believe that justification before God is an act of God (Ro 8:30, 33) by which He
declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Lk 13:3; Ac
2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Ro 2:4; 2 Co 7:10) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Ro 10:9–10;
1 Co 12:3; 2 Co 4:5; Php 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of
man (Ro 3:20; 4:6) and involves the placing of our sins on Christ (Col 2:14; 1 Pe 2:24)
and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Co 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Co 5:21).
We believe that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is
therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification
is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive
sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present
walk or condition (Ac 20:32; 1 Co 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Th 2:13; Heb 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14;
13:12; 1 Pe 1:2). We also believe that there is a progressive sanctification that takes
place in a believer’s life through the work of the Holy Spirit by which the state of the
believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of
God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The believer is able to live a life of
increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our
Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 17:17, 19; Ro 6:1–22; 2 Co 3:18; 1 Th 4:3–4; 5:23).
We believe that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus
secure in Christ forever (Jn 5:24; 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Ro 5:9–10; 8:1, 31–39; 1 Co
1:4–9; Eph 4:30; Heb 7:25; 13:5; 1 Pe 1:4–5; Jude 24).
We believe separation from sin is clearly taught in the Old and New Testaments and
that the saved should live in such a manner as to not bring reproach upon their Savior
and Lord and that separation from religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures
and practices is commanded by God (Ro 12:1–2; 1 Co 5:9–13; 2 Co 6:14–7:1; 1 Jn
2:15–17; 2 Jn 2:9–11). The Christian life is a life that is to manifest a continual pursuit
of holiness (Ro 12:1–2; 2 Co 7:1; Heb 12:14; Tit 2:11–14; 1 Jn 3:1–10).
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ and repent of their sins are
immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church, (1 Co
12:12–13), the bride of Christ (2 Co 11:2; Eph 5:23–32; Rev 19:7–8), of which Jesus
Christ is the head (Eph 1:22; 4:15; Col 1:18). Doctrinal unity, clearly and completely
based on Scripture, must be the foundation of all church life.
We believe that the establishment of the church, the body of Christ, began on the day
of Pentecost (Ac 2:1–21, 38–47), and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His
own at the rapture (1 Co 15:51–52; 1 Th 4:13–18) and that the New Testament
teaches that the members of the one spiritual body are directed to associate
themselves together in local assemblies (1 Co 11:18–20; Heb 10:25).
We believe in the vital importance of discipleship (Mt 28:19–20; 2 Ti 2:2), the mutual
accountability of all believers to each other (Mt 18:15–17), and the need for local
assemblies to discipline sinning members of their congregation in accord with the
standards of Scripture (Mt 18:15–22; Ac 5:1–11; 1 Co 5:1–13; 2 Th 3:6–15; 1 Ti 1:19–20;
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority
or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference
of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations (Tit 1:5).
We believe that the biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over
the assembly are elders (males, who are also called bishops, pastors, and
pastor-teachers; Ac 20:28; Eph 4:11) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical
qualifications (1 Ti 3:1–13; Tit 1:5–9; 1 Pe 5:1–5).
We believe that there were two kinds of spiritual gifts given to the early church:
miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for
the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the apostles’ message (Heb 2:3–4; 2 Co
12:12); and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the
New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the
authenticity of a man’s message, and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no
longer necessary to validate a man or his message (1 Co 13:8–12). The only gifts in
operation today are those non-revelatory equipping gifts given for edification (Ro 12:6–8).
We believe that no one possesses the gift of healing today but that God does hear and
answer the prayer of faith and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the
sick, suffering, and afflicted (Lk 18:1–8; Jn 5:7–9; 2 Co 12:6–10; Jas 5:13–16; 1 Jn
We also believe that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism
(Ac 2:38–42) and the Lord’s Supper (Mt 26:26–29; Mk 14:22–25; Lk 22:14–20; 1 Co
11:23–32). Christian baptism by immersion (Ac 8:36–39) is the solemn and beautiful
testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and
his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to new life (Ro 6:1 –11). It is also a
sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ (Ac 2:41–42). The
Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and
should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Co 11:23–32). The elements of
communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ (1 Co 10:16).
We believe that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped, rather
they are created to serve God and worship Him (Lk 2:9–14; Heb 1:6–7, 14; 2:6–7; Rev
We believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment
of God by rebelling against his Creator (Is 14:12–17; Eze 28:11–19), by taking numerous
angels with him in his fall (Mt 25:41; Rev 12:1–14), and by introducing sin into the human
race by his temptation of Eve (Gen 3:1–15). Satan is the open and declared enemy of
God and man (Is 14:13–14; Mt 4:1–11; Rev 12:9–10), he has been defeated through the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ro 16:20), and he shall be eternally punished in
the lake of fire (Is 14:12–17; Eze 28:11–19; Mt 25:41; Rev 20:10).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (Jn 6:39; Ro
8:10–11, 19–23; 2 Co 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment
in hell (Da 12:2; Jn 5:29; Rev 20:13–15).
We believe that Scripture teaches the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ
to translate His church from the earth (Jn 14:1–3; 1 Co 15:51–53; 1 Th 4:15–5:11),
and between this event and His glorious return with His saints, Christ will reward
believers according to their works (1 Co 3:11; 2 Co 5:10).
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and
Savior go immediately into His presence at death and remain there in conscious bliss
until the resurrection of the body when the soul and the resurrected body are united to
be glorified forever with the Lord. Believers that are alive when Christ returns will be
given glorified bodies and be caught up together with those who have died in Christ to
meet the Lord in the air (1 Co 15:51–54; 2 Co 5:8; Php 1:23, 3:21; 1 Th 4:13–18; He
We believe that following the removal of all believers from the earth, there will be a
time of great distress when the righteous judgment of God will be poured out upon an
unbelieving world (Jer 30:7; Dan 12:1; Matt 24:21; Rev 3:10; Rev 6–19).
We believe that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the
throne of David (Mt 25:31; Lk 1:31–32; Ac 1:10–11, 2:29–30) and establish His
messianic kingdom for a thousand years on the earth (Rev 20:1–7). During Christ’s
reign on earth, the Jews will be restored to their own land and the promises of God to
them will be fulfilled (Is 65:17–25; Eze 37:21–28; Zec 8:1–17).
We believe that at the end of Christ’s thousand year reign on earth Christ will cast
Satan and all fallen angels into the lake of fire and brimstone (Mt 25:41; Rev 20:10). At
this time all unbelievers will be judged by Christ at the Great White Throne judgment
and they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Mt
25:41; Rev 20:11–15).
We believe that after Christ’s thousand year reign on earth and after the punishment
of Satan, fallen angels and unbelievers that believers of all ages will enter the eternal
state of heaven to be forever with the Lord (Rev 20:1–6; Rev 20:11–15; Rev 21:1–4).