Revealing Jesus Christ to a watching world.

jesus only

At The VINE, we're all about Jesus. Nothing more. Nothing Less. 

We're not about religion, but we are about a right relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe that God has fully revealed Himself in Christ and that the Bible provides the primary means of Christ's disclosure to mankind.

Jesus + anything = Religion

As such, we desire to NOT be "Jesus Plus".

Our preaching & teaching are directly from the Bible. Our vision is directly from the Bible. Our approach is directly from the Bible.

Vision: Reveal Jesus Christ to a watching world.

How: Preach the entire counsel of the Word of God as pointing wholly and completely to Jesus Christ: born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, raised from the dead victorious over sin, ascended to the right hand of the throne of God Almighty.    

Simple biblical christianity

We identify with the ideals galvanized from the frontier revivalism of the 1800's that sought to restore simple New Testament Christianity as revealed in the Bible. 

A few catch-phrases that articulate this sentiment are as follows:

“We’re not the only Christians, just Christians only.”

“In essentials of the faith; unity. In opinion; liberty. In all things; love.”

"Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent." (Where the Scriptures are silent we are libertine.)

"The church of Jesus Christ on earth is essentially, intentionally, and constitutionally one."

"No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no law but love, no name but the divine."

We believe that New Testament (NT) is the divinely authoritative pattern for the how we should do church and how we should be the church in the world. Acts 2:42-47 provide the foundational template for connecting (fellowship), worshipping, growing (discipleship), serving (ministry) and sharing (outreach/evangelism). 

what kind of church are we?

A Restoration Church.

Our message is that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We require no other creed. He alone is Lord and Savior.

A Church Belonging to Christ.

The church belongs to Him. We have no authority to change the teachings, rewrite the rules, alter membership requirements, or usurp His place. The church is not a democracy.

A Church Seeking Unity.

Members of this church seek to be one in Christ with all others He calls His own.

A Church Seeking to Restore.

As much as possible, we imitate the NT precedents. That is why our baptism is by immersion, our Communion is every Lord’s Day, our leaders are called elders, our preaching is about Christ, and our prayers are in Christ’s name. Even our church name is rooted in the earliest days, when disciples were called Christians and their congregations were often addressed as “churches of Christ.”

A Church Built on the Teachings of the Apostles.

The church, Eph. 2:20 states, is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.” Whatever we know about Christ and the church we learned from Jesus’ closest companions, the Apostles.

A Thinking Church.

In the same Ephesian Letter, Paul prays that God will give a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.” Christian faith demands the best our minds can give, so we are a studying church, seeking to apply biblical truth intelligently.

A Feeling Church. 

Ours is not a dryly intellectual approach to God, however. We rejoice and praise and pray and love and serve from the heart. We are unashamed of the gospel and not embarrassed to let our passion and excitement be seen.

A Sharing Church.

We share our faith and love with as many as we can reach and our possessions as persons who know that everything we have belongs to God to be used for His purposes.

A Free Church. 

Jesus is the Head of the church. We have no bishops or superintendents or national headquarters to determine local church policies. We select & appoint our own elders and call and support our own elder/pastors, and decide where our mission money will go. We are not isolationists though. Our congregation believes that we should freely associate with other parts of the body to accomplish tasks too big for one church alone.

A Growing Church.

We want to grow, because we are under Christ’s commission to disciple the world. We haven’t completed the task yet, so we believe that thriving and healthy churches are renewing their commitment to go unto the ends of the earth, preaching and baptizing until the whole world knows the one Lord of all.