WHO WE ARE
God has planted VRBC in a beautifully diverse community. The area around our church is filled with people from a rich tapestry of ethnic, socioeconomic, political, and religious backgrounds. Tragically, many of these people are disconnected – from God and from one another. We believe God has intentionally placed us here to invite these beautifully diverse and tragically disconnected people to find unity in one glorious calling: passionately following Jesus together.
Shaped and directed by God’s Word.
Serving and giving with joy.
Celebrating God’s work in our lives.
More like Jesus every day.
God first, others second.
Unique, yet one.
We believe that the awesome story of God and his creation is told in the Bible, which is completely true and authoritative in all areas of faith and practice.
We believe in one God, Creator of the world and everything in it. We believe this infinitely perfect God eternally exists as one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, sharing all of the divine attributes in perfect loving community.
We believe that God made humans to live in this world in peace and joy, sharing his love with one another, and that God paid us the highest compliment by giving us the freedom to say YES or NO to his desires. Sadly, our NO has led us down the road to alienation, self-destruction, and death.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the pre-existent Son of God (fully God) who was born to a virgin (fully human). We believe that he lived a sinless life, was crucified on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried and resurrected on the third day, and now reigns in heaven with God the Father.
We believe that all who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Lord and Savior will receive the forgiveness of sins and the free gift of salvation.
We believe the Holy Spirit permanently fills all believers at the time of salvation and guides us in the journey to become like Christ, exposing our sinfulness, bringing us new life, filling us with God’s power, and leading us to honor and glorify Jesus.
We believe that all who follow Jesus into God’s Kingdom discover a community of fellow believers and friends that becomes their spiritual home. The purpose of the church is to continue Jesus’ work of loving all people, and helping them find and follow God. We believe that baptism signifies and celebrates being born again into God’s family. The Lord’s Supper signifies and celebrates God’s pardon and presence in our lives.
We believe that God is guiding human history according to his own perfect plan. One day, Jesus will return to earth. On that day, God will make all things new, fulfill all empty dreams, restore all broken relationships, heal all wounds, and reveal his love fully and perfectly.
For a fuller treatment of these and other topics, please see the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.