OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
Who We Are
At Vermont Christian Church, our doors are open to every individual seeking to welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts. We foster a community where we teach individuals to show their love for The Lord and for one another through worship and community service. Members of our church are those who build relationships with our family through community groups, volunteer activities, worship services or learning. We welcome all individuals seeking God’s love. We teach the doctrines of our Savior in prayer, and invite you to open up your hearts and allow his grace to penetrate into your soul and being. You are always welcome at VCC.
We see the church not simply as a house of worship with walls, a roof and doors. Rather, we believe that the Church is actually the people who come together to live out God’s word, celebrate His grace and extend His love.
Christ called His disciples to make disciples. At VCC, we firmly believe that in order to make disciples, we must be willing to plant the imperishable seed of the Gospel of Christ. We were never told to judge the soil, but we are commanded to cast the seed.
By reading the Scriptures, serving others, worship and missions, we draw closer to God and closer to the hearts of those around us. We are committed to honor and glorify God in everything we say, and in everything we do. Setting a clear vision, mission and goal as a body fo believers, we desire to Serve God, by Loving People, and Living as Christ.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in One God who exists as three persons - Father, Son, and Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:1-6).
Jesus Christ is complete in His humanity, His divinity, and His perfection. He is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us, showing us the glory of the Father (John 1:14).
We believe in the inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures that we find in the Bible, that "all scripture is God breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Scriptures alone, are the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical conduct as a follower of Christ.
God The Father
We believe in the existence of one true God who has revealed Himself to this world as the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ The Son
We believe in the only Savior of men; the Lord Jesus Christ conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; truly God and truly man (1 Timothy 3:5; Matthew 1:22-23).
The Holy Spirit
The presence of the Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, counsels us, intercedes for us, and inspires us to be more like Christ. (John 14:26; Romans 8:26-27)
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. Sin leads not only to physical death; but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us; that Christ was crucified and died for our sins, was buried and on the third day rose again for the justification of mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works, it is only by trusting in Christ. Eternal life begins the moment one accepts Christ into his/her life (Hebrews 9:28; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10). The inward evidence is the witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16, 1 John 5:10-12). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12; 2 Timothy 2:19).
We believe in the water baptism of believers by immersion. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:38, 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
We believe people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20).
We believe that the Christian church is the community of born-again believers under the Lordship of Christ. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, the church exists to exalt our living Lord in worship, edify one another, and equip believers for life, ministry and reaching a lost world (Colossians 1:18; Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13).