Vineyard Genetic Code
At a Vineyard conference in September 1992, John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard Movement, showed us 10 areas of ministry that were essential to any Vineyard church. John called these principles the “Vineyard Genetic Code,” the common denominators that identify us as a family.
Clear, accurate, Biblical teaching
Contemporary worship in the freedom of the Holy Spirit, and casual dress
The gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation
An active small group ministry for everyone.
Ministry to the poor, widows, orphans and those who are broken
A commitment to world missions abroad and church planting at home
Unity within the whole body of Christ, a relationship with other local churches
Equipping the saints in areas such as discipleship, ministry, serving, giving, finances, family, etc.
Physical healing with emphasis on signs and wonders as seen in the book of Acts
We value THE PURSUIT OF GOD. We are hungry to know God’s presence, hear His voice and follow hard after Him.
We value CHRIST-LIKENESS. We desire that through the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus’ love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power, and integrity would shine through all that we are and do.
We value BEING SPIRIT-LED. We honor Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and the Administrator of our churches. We seek to be actively responsive to the Holy Spirit’s daily leading of our personal lives and ministries and of the local church.
We value PRAYER. We believe that prayer is essential, because it is our primary means of communion with God, and because of our personal lives and ministries and of the local church.
We value DISCIPLESHIP. Our intent is to teach all believers to believe Jesus’ words, obey His commands and do His works. We aim first to grow as disciples of Christ ourselves and then to make disciples of others.
We value THE KINGDOM OF GOD. We aim to move in the signs of the present fulfillment of the kingdom, invoking the Spirit’s powerful presence, ministering through the Spirit’s gifts, and seeing God heal and work wonders.
We value the MERCY OF GOD. We believe that mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We, therefore, aim to extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister.
We value INTEGRITY. It is important for us to speak the truth, deal honestly, and live uprightly.
WE TEACH that there is one Living God, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory, who, together, created, uphold and govern all that exists.
WE TEACH that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors so that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts to the original recipients and is infallible in matters of faith.
WE TEACH that God created mankind in His image for relationship with Him and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, mankind was separated from God’s grace, bringing sin and death to the earth.
WE TEACH that God sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. After living a sinless life and performing many miracles, he died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world. Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, restoring believers into a relationship with God.
WE TEACH in the Holy Spirit, who came to regenerate and empower for ministry all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus. The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer in Christ and is their Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
WE TEACH that Jesus Christ commanded two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers.
WE TEACH that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Spirit through the Church. It will be consummated in the triumphant appearing of Christ Jesus when there will be a final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked.
WE TEACH every Christian is to be an active minister of the Church and is charged to reach out to others in grace and mercy and to make disciples of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, gender or any other distinction.
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