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LO QUE CREEMOS

ADDITIONAL TOPICS

Today’s culture raises many questions and challenges to which churches are called to respond with both grace and truth.  We acknowledge that people of faith who deeply value Scripture hold different beliefs around certain topics.  Through careful study, persistent prayer, and the trustworthy leadership of the Holy Spirit, VRBC has written the following statements that explain the theology we teach and ask our leaders to support on these topics. 

Whether or not you agree with these statements or are even just beginning to explore who God is, you are welcome at VRBC!  Our desire is to provide a sacred space where all can learn together, be drawn closer to God, and experience transformation to be like Jesus.  We aren’t perfect, but we seek to treat all people with dignity and respect just as Jesus does.   

WOMEN IN MINISTRY

We believe that Scripture teaches that although there are distinct differences between the sexes, men and women are equally gifted and empowered to lead in the church. As the Bible contains numerous examples of women serving in a variety of pastoral, preaching, and leadership roles, we affirm and encourage women to use the gifts God has given women to lead, including in roles such as pastors, teachers, church council members, deacons, etc.

 

Matthew 28:5-7; Acts 2:17-18, 18:26; Romans 16:1-7; Galatians 3:28

STEWARDSHIP

God is the source of all blessings, and all that we have and all that we are we owe to him. Christians are called to be wise stewards of our time, talents, and material possessions, recognizing that they have been entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and the good of others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute from their resources cheerfully, regularly, proportionately, and generously for the advancement of the Savior’s cause on earth.

 

Genesis 1:28; Leviticus 23:22; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:10; Luke 12:48b; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:2, 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Colossians 3:17; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; James 1:17; 1 Peter 4:10

POLITICS

As followers of Jesus, we recognize that although we live in the United States, our true citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. We are called to pray for and submit to our leaders, but our ultimate allegiance is to Christ alone. We are grateful for the wonderful blessing of living in this nation, but our ultimate hope is found in our Savior, not our government.

 

At VRBC, we will not align ourselves with any particular politician or party. Instead, we will exalt Jesus, celebrate the gospel, and teach God’s Word. At times, this may mean speaking to current events, including political topics, but we will always do this through a biblical lens rather than a political or partisan one.

 

Additionally, we will welcome all people, regardless of political affiliation, to follow Jesus together with us, and we will promote a spirit of humility, openness, and unity as we discuss challenging topics.

 

Psalm 146:3; Matthew 6:33; John 18:36; Romans 13:1; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-2, 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1-2

SEXUALITY

All people are called to steward their sexuality in a God-honoring way by entering into Christian marriage (a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman) or remaining unmarried and celibate (and experiencing intimate family in the Body of Christ). While marriage and sex are wonderful gifts from God, they are not essential qualities of an abundant life, and people can live full and purpose-filled lives in Christ regardless of whether or not they marry.

As a result of the Fall, all people experience corruption in their sexuality. This is the source of all sexual desires outside of marriage. Sexual temptation does not diminish a person’s value in God’s eyes or his love for them. However, God’s good plan is for all sexual activity to be reserved for marriage.

Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 7:32-35; Ephesians 4:22-23, 5:3; Hebrews 13:4

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