The Vine is non-denominational in its foundations and inclusive in its practices.

We are a community from a wide variety of backgrounds and theological expressions. We believe this is beautiful, as it represents and reflects the broader body of Christ. We live under God’s grace, and we offer it to one another as we learn, grow, and deepen our love for Jesus together.

In grace, we commit to the following set of guiding principles and theological convictions.

We believe that the one true God is all good, all loving, all powerful, and all knowing. God exists as three equal persons in one eternal communal being: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The triune God created, sustains, and redeems the world. God is sovereign over all things. He is merciful, just, and perfect in all his ways. God is personal and desires to be known. He was known to Israel as Yahweh, and is uniquely revealed in Jesus Christ. His essential nature is love.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, incarnated through the virgin birth, fully divine and fully human, the image of the invisible God. Jesus lived a sinless life, called all people to follow him, was crucified for the sins of the world, was bodily raised from the dead as a sign of the new creation, and ascended to the Father who placed all things under his lordship. He indwells believers through the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will return to judge and redeem the world.

We believe in the creative and eternal Holy Spirit through whom Jesus was conceived in Mary, anointed for ministry, and raised from the dead. The Spirit was poured out at Pentecost to empower the church to bear witness to Jesus. The Spirit reveals Christ, sanctifies the believer, assures us of salvation, distributes gifts for ministry, and manifests the love of God in our hearts.

We believe Scripture is the inspired, authoritative written word of God, penned by people through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Both the Old and New Testaments testify uniquely to God’s true nature and his saving acts in history. Scripture must be prayerfully interpreted both individually and corporately with the help of the Holy Spirit and with an appreciation for its historical context. The community of faith lives under the authority of Scripture, seeks to practice its life-giving teaching, and publically proclaims its saving message of truth and hope.

We believe God reveals Himself in various ways. Though uniquely authoritative, Scripture is only one of the ways God makes Himself known. God is revealed through creation which hints at His glory; through human experience as He touches people’s lives; through Church tradition which bears witness through the ages; and above all through Jesus Christ, God’s ultimate self-revelation. God still speaks today, though all prophetic and direct revelation must be tested against Scripture.

We believe that God created all things and that the world was created good. Its original state was one of shalom: peace and wholeness. God delegated authority to humanity to rule over and care for creation. Creation testifies to God with its endless beauty, but it also suffers presently as a consequence of human sin. It will be released from bondage and renewed when Christ returns. Till then we glorify God through our concern for the environment and stewarding of creation.

We believe God created humanity as male and female to bear His image, to fill the earth, to worship Him and enjoy His company eternally. He created us as unique, relational beings, and placed us in families to love one another. Every human being images God, though sin tarnishes our human nature and limits our capacity to reflect God’s glory. In Jesus Christ – the new humanity – we are reconciled to God and one another, and sanctified so we may image God as He intended.

We believe that sin is both inherited and wilfully chosen by all people. We were given free will and commanded to obey God. The Fall of human beings through disobedience to God placed us under His judgment and introduced sin and death into the world. Sin distorts our relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and creation. Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection defeated Satan and broke the power of sin and death over the life of everyone who repents and believes.

We believe that God in His great mercy offers salvation to all people through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus. Salvation is a free gift through Christ alone, and is received by grace through faith. It is never merited by good works, though good works are our grateful response. Salvation is more than a moment of conversion; it is a continual purifying process of transformation to become like Christ as God renews us. The healing of body, mind and soul are integral dimensions of salvation.

We believe that discipleship is a life-long response to Jesus’ call to follow Him. Faith in Jesus requires an obedient response to Him through daily dying to ourselves and rising to new life. Christian discipleship is a costly call, but one that promises human freedom and flourishing. To be a disciple is to live in Christ. Spiritual disciplines like prayer and fasting are foundational for shaping such a life. So too is our commitment to Christian community, because we meet Jesus through each other.

We believe in the sovereign reign of God on earth as in heaven. The kingdom of God is the manifestation of God’s will on earth and the ordering of all things in accordance with his will. Jesus taught and demonstrated the kingdom of God, which is liberating news for the poor, the oppressed, and the powerless. The kingdom of God contrasts with the imperfect and often self-serving kingdoms of this world. The church is called to partner with God in the extension of his kingdom reign through transforming society and modelling a new community on earth.

We believe that Jesus will return to fully consummate the reign of God which He inaugurated in His first coming. We live in faithful response to Jesus first coming and in the hope of His return, when the dead will be bodily raised to face judgement, and everything will be brought under His lordship. God alone knows the eternal destiny of every person. When Christ returns creation will be regenerated and redeemed humanity will rule with Christ in a new heaven and new earth.

We believe that the universal church is the Body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Spirit to bear witness to Jesus until His return. Through the church, God’s redemptive plan and purposes are outworked on earth as the gospel is demonstrated and proclaimed to all people. The church is a gathered worshipping community where believers are nurtured and strengthened in faith. The church has a missional mandate and a public ministry of mercy, justice and reconciliation.

We believe that believer baptism and communion are indispensable sacraments, instituted by Jesus to convey grace and to publicly demonstrate our death to sin, new life in Christ, and fellowship with one another as believers. We also believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and we consider the gifts of the Spirit to be central to a living Christian faith and witness. Christian marriage is also sacramental in the sense that God ordains it through scripture and blesses it.

We believe that Jesus charges His followers with proclaiming and living the message of the gospel. The call to mission is a call to align ourselves with God’s work on earth. The scope of God’s redemptive activity makes missions more than simply preaching the gospel. The mission of God in which we partner is the transformation of the world through radical self-sacrifice, acts of mercy and justice, peace-making, and the visible testimony of a community that loves one another.

We believe in a God of justice whose heart beats for the poor and marginalised. Our obligation to love our neighbour is second only to our duty to love God, and directly related to it. We see social justice as inseparable from authentic Christian witness. We seek to meet the needs and alleviate the suffering of the most disadvantaged and forgotten people within the church and society.

We believe in the priesthood of all believers, and in the calling of some believers to vocational ministry within the church. We reject any distinction between the sacred and secular spheres. We affirm the sacred worth of all vocations, and the potential of all vocations for glorifying God, other than work that dishonours God or demeans humanity by its unethical nature. Work essentially glorifies God because it images the one who worked for six days in making creation.

We believe in the sovereign reign of God on earth as in heaven. The kingdom of God is the manifestation of God’s will on earth and the ordering of all things in accordance with his will. Jesus taught and demonstrated the kingdom of God, which is liberating news for the poor, the oppressed, and the powerless. The kingdom of God contrasts with the imperfect and often self-serving kingdoms of this world. The church is called to partner with God in the extension of His kingdom reign through transforming society and modelling a new community on earth.

We believe that the universal church is the Body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Spirit to bear witness to Jesus until His return. Through the church, God’s redemptive plan and purposes are outworked on earth as the gospel is demonstrated and proclaimed to all people. The church is a gathered worshipping community where believers are nurtured and strengthened in faith. The church has a missional mandate and a public ministry of mercy, justice and reconciliation.

We believe in an immensely creative God, whom we glorify by using our own gifts of creativity. The one who made a beautiful and diverse creation inspires and calls us to acts of creativity, including the shaping of culture and society. In our worship, work, recreation and relationships we use our creative gifts to redeem and re-envision a world made to manifest God’s splendour.