Required viewing and reading for True Vine's Membership Class.
TRUE VINE BELONGS TO A FAMILY OF MINISTRIES CALLED
“THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE” (C&MA).
The C&MA is a fellowship of evangelical believers joined together in local churches, dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. The C&MA has a thoroughly evangelical doctrinal statement and encourages believers from diverse backgrounds and theological traditions to unite in completing Christ’s Great Commission.
C&MA DNA | The Fourfold Gospel and Core Values
The deeper life principles of the “Fourfold Gospel” enable us to live victoriously over sin, persevere through life’s trials, and be all God created us to be. Please watch all six videos in preparation for becoming a member at True Vine. Total viewing time is less than 20 minutes.
True Vine Membership Documents
Please download and fill out a Membership Application in preparation for membership. Please also view the "Membership at True Vine" document and review it from time to time.
True Vine Beliefs
Please read our Statement of Faith.
We affirm the Holy Trinity. There is one God – perfect in every way, who exists forever in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6.4, Matthew 5.48, Matthew 28.19)
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a perfect substitute for imperfect people. All who believe in Him are made spiritually clean by virtue of His sacrificial death and the spilling of His blood. According to the Bible, He rose from the dead. Right now He sits at the right hand of God and serves as our High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. (Philippians 2:6–11, Luke 1:34–38, I Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23–24, Hebrews 8:1, Matthew 26:64)
The Holy Spirit is God, just as the Father and the Son are God. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide, teach, empower and live in the believer. He also convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 14:15–18, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:7–11)
The Bible is made up of the Old and New Testaments. It was without error when it was originally written and was inspired by God. It is a complete account of His will for the salvation of mankind. It is the first and only standard for all true Christian belief and behavior. (2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:15–16)
Mankind was originally created in the image and likeness of God. We fell through disobedience and because of that experienced both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God and can be saved only through the work that Jesus accomplished to make us “at one” with God. Those who do not turn from their sin and do not believe in Christ will spend eternity in conscious torment. But those who believe will experience everlasting joy and bliss. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:1–4)
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all mankind; and those who turn from their sin and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (Titus 3:4–7)
God desires that every believer be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified in their body, soul and spirit. Believers are to live separate from sin and worldliness. Believers should be fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and fruitful service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience taking place in the life of the believer after conversion. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, Acts 1:8, Romans 6:1–14)
Jesus’s redeeming work also provides for physical healing. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church today. (Matthew 8:16–17, James 5:13–16)
The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Head of the Church. He has commanded His church to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all people. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for encouragement through the Word of God, for prayer, community/relationship, the preaching of the gospel and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Ephesians 1:22–23, Matthew 28:19–20, Acts 2:41–47)
There will be a physical resurrection of both believers and unbelievers. Believers will be resurrected to eternal life, unbelievers will be resurrected in order to face God’s judgment. (1 Corinthians 15:20–23, John 5:28–29)
Jesus will return and it could be at any time. It will be literal and visible. Once He returns He will rule over the Earth for 1,000 years. This truth provides hope to the believer and motivates the believer to live a holy life and serve God. (Hebrews 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11–14)