Our Beliefs

VALLEY FELLOWSHIP’S BELIEFS (DOCTRINE)

 

We at Valley Fellowship are committed to using the New Testament as our model.  We will follow its specific teachings and its general principles.  At Valley Fellowship, we believe:

1)  that the Bible is God’s Word and our only authority . . .

a)  for teaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

b)  for worship (Acts 2:42)

c)  for living (Matthew 4:4)

 

2)  that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit of the Bible are the three “persons” of God . . .

a)  that God the Father is the creator/sustainer of everything

(1)  He is all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17)

(2)  He is all-knowing (Hebrews 4:13)

(3)  He is all-present (Psalm 139:7-8)

(4)  He is all-loving (1 John 4:16)

 

b)  that Jesus Christ is God’s Son . . .

(1)  His birth was divine (Matthew 1:18-23)

(2)  His teachings are unique & life-changing (John 6:68)

(3)  His life is our example (1 Peter 2:21)

(4)  His death paid for our sins (1 Peter 3:18)

(5)  His resurrection ensures our eternal life (Romans 6:4)

(6)  His personal return is to be expected at any moment (Matthew 24:44)

c)  that the Holy Spirit of God . . .

(1)  “convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement”

(2)  indwells Believers (2 Corinthians 3:16)

(3)  fills Believers (Ephesians 5:18b)

(4)  teaches Believers (John 14:26)

(5)  produces His fruit in Believers (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

3)  that the church is Christ’s body . . .

a)  it has a two-fold purpose of . . .

(1)  producing Christians (evangelism) (Matthew 28:18-20)

(2)  maturing Christians (nurture) (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Peter 3:18)

b)  it grows in number as people hear, believe and obey the    Good   News of Jesus, which will lead them to . . .

(1)  turn away from their sins (Acts 3:19)

(2)  confess their sins and their faith (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9)

(3)  be baptized (immersed in water) (Romans 6:4; Acts 2:38)

(4)  continue to grow in their faith (Acts 2:42)

c)  it is to maintain singleness of purpose while allowing diversity in methods, opinions and ministry

d)  it must avoid false teaching, division and apathy.

e)  it must serve as a constant influence for good in the community and throughout the world.

 

We further believe that the Bible speaks on many other vital concerns of Christ’s church, including . . .

a)  the Lord’s Supper, which is a worshipful reminder . . .

(1)  of the sacrificial death of Christ which atones for people’s sins and sets them right with God (Matthew 26:26-29)

(2)  of the Believer’s responsibility to follow the pattern of the early church (Acts 2:42; 20:7)

(3)  of the certainty of Christ’s future return to claim all who have loved and obeyed Him (1 Corinthians 11:26)

b)  the oversight (governing) of the local church by elders/shepherds who meet scriptural qualifications (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; 1 Peter 5)

c)  the spiritual giftedness and ministry of every Believer (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12 & 14; Ephesians 4:8, 11-16), and freedom for women to minister in any capacity except elder.

d)  the responsibility/accountability of Christians for/to one another (in encouragement, teaching, prayer, correction, counsel, material sharing, forgiving, etc.).