Preaching the Gospel
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14) At Vineyard Blue we place a heavy emphasis on preaching. There is something in the “preaching” of the Word that leads to salvation in a way that nothing else does.
Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. At Vineyard Blue we want to treat each other like family. Together, we are the family of God. In the Bible there were certain key factors mentioned that contributed to the success of the early church. Incredible supernatural miracles were one of the factors which caused the churches to grow. However, we believe it was the concept of family that held everything together. Vineyard Blue is making intentional and deliberate strides to get back to these roots.
Grace of God
Every church believes in the grace of God to an extent. However, we believe that grace is everything! God is both the author and finisher of our faith. The same grace that saved us will be faithful to keep us. The success of the Christian life depends far more on Jesus’ ability to lead us rather than our ability to follow. We firmly believe in a grace that knows no bounds. There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the grace of God, including our personal mistakes. We believe that God not only loves us but even likes us and enjoys us in the midst of our weakness. Grace is not just a concept or an idea; grace is a person, and His name is Jesus.
Sovereignty of God
We place much more emphasis on the sovereignty of God than the responsibility of man. We must all do our best to be faithful to Jesus, but even when we are faithless he remains faithful to us. We strongly believe that no one comes to the Father unless the Spirit draws them. Salvation is not the product of good preaching, well designed programs, or missional strategies. It is not a work of man, but the gift of God.
Numinous of God
Many Christians are eager to pursue the power of God, but we are dedicated to seeking God’s face first before seeking His hand. It can be concluded from Scripture, that it is possible to receive God’s power without His presence. However, if we have His presence we get both! Numinous literally means manifest presence. Another way of saying this could be powerful presence. Wherever the presence of God is, there should always be power. Vineyard Blue is committed to cultivating an environment where the numinous of God with an emphasis on the prophetic becomes a part of our normal daily lives.
We want to be a church that is leading people to Jesus. We strongly believe that if you talk someone into Jesus, someone else can talk them out of it. We want to win people to Jesus not only by our words but by a demonstration of His power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). There are several ways to demonstrate God’s power, whether it be service to the community, friendship with the poor, or simply being bold enough to ask someone if he or she needs prayer. Leading people to Jesus should never be an ego boost. We’re not trying to simply add another “notch in our belt” by convincing someone that Jesus is the answer. We’ve just experienced the joy, the peace, and the fulfillment that comes from having a relationship with God and want others to experience this too if they so desire.
As the church, we are called to make disciples not just converts. We highly value evangelism but view it as only the first step of a life-long process called discipleship. We refuse to birth something that we are not willing to father!
Although it sounds cliché, life really is all about relationships. Christianity is not about what you know but who you know. We definitely value the mind, but our central priority will always be the heart. Jesus is a living person. We want to teach people to relate to Him in the same way that one would talk to a friend.