Thank God we have this awesome book. The Bible is anything but outdated. Every answer to any question is in The Bible – from church leadership to political correctness to appropriate clothing, even if it’s okay to drink a beer. It was written by man under the supernatural guidance of God. It is without error and is completely relevant. God didn’t just expect us to hope the Bible is true, He gave us the ability to prove it...what a gift.
He is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is our Father. He is all powerful, all knowing, and completely worthy of our trust. He is faithful and compassionate to His people and His promises. He loves us more than we could ever imagine and has a plan for each one of us that He established before the creation of the universe.
He is everything. He is equally human but also equally God. He is the only hope for mankind and the savior of the world. He lived a perfect and sinless human life and then selflessly offered himself as a substitution in our place, satisfying God’s standard of perfection. In doing so, Jesus defeated death on the cross and after rising from the grave, He became the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to Heaven is through him.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the coequal to God, the Father and Jesus, the Son. Together, all three make up what is known as “The Trinity”. The presence of the Spirit reminds and assures us of our relationship with Christ. The Spirit provides a believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. According to the Bible, we receive the Spirit at the moment of Salvation.
Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. Only the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, can provide the way for Salvation. From every example that we see in the Bible, when a person comes to the point of belief in Jesus and makes a decision to become a follower of Christ, the next step is Baptism. Around Vision we call this moment of belief the “Definitive Point.” At the point you place your belief in Jesus and publicly commit your life to him, through the obedient act of baptism, God accepts you. There is nothing required to become, “good enough.”
We do full immersions – all the way under the water, just like the Bible describes. Based on scriptures such as Acts 2:38, once we come to that Definitive Point of belief and repentance, baptism should follow promptly. We see an example of just how promptly in Acts 8:36 where a man believed and was baptized in the first body of water he could find. Baptisms are one of our favorite things to do at Vision. It’s something we pray for expectantly and continually.
Unlike Baptism, which is a one-time event, Communion is a practice that is meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a time when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. We celebrate communion at some of our weekend church experiences throughout the year and also at VGroups.
If you spend any time at Vision you’ll eventually hear this statement, “You may have seen the teaching, but you haven’t had the experience.” The Church is a local community of baptized believers, unified through faith in Christ. The people of the church are committed to meeting together with one another to learn from the teachings of Christ (whether live or via podcast) and obey all of His commands. Together, our goal as the church is to bring the Gospel to our city. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. We can’t do this on our own, in-front of a laptop, isolated from other believers. God said early on that it isn’t good for us to be alone.
The answer is forever, the question is where, and the decision rests with us. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.