In the Vineyard, we sometimes say that we are a community of communities. We believe that Jesus didn’t just save us, but brought us into His family. The book of 1 Peter says that when we are made alive in Christ we become part of a royal priesthood and a holy nation. We have a new place to belong. We are in a partnership together. We share a purpose. We do things together. We help each other grow and we collectively act in love toward God and the people around us.
So much of scripture only makes sense in the context of community–just read Romans 12 for instance. In this era of “social distancing”, I believe that it’s more important than ever to focus on being the community that Jesus desires us to be. A community that is not just a social club but is the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven coming together to love and restore the world. This series will explore the ways Kingdom Communities are distinctive.
We are a:
- Healthy Community – We are committed to being churches who practice emotional health through strong relationships.
- Healing Community – We have always prayed faithfully for the sick – in our church services and in the everyday workplaces and neighborhoods we inhabit.
- Biblical Community – We are committed to the careful study and interpretation of the Bible, and to the faithful preaching of its message.
- Outward-Focused Community – We aim to be outposts of the kingdom of God, bringing hope and help from Jesus to anyone who wants it.
- Worshiping Community – Worship is an environment in which we experience God – so we make it a priority in our gatherings.
- Multiplying Community – As a church planted by a church planted by a church, we aim to continue to grow one small group at a time.
- Vineyard Community – We have a rich heritage of spiritual wisdom summarized in such phrases as “Do What The Father Is Doing” and “Faith Is Spelled R-I-S-K”.