The Gospel is not simply a message of love, it is a message of grace. Christians can possess love for God, but they cannot possess grace for Him because He has no need of it. Grace by its very definition is undeserved love. God is completely deserving of all our love, affection, and worship. However, as human beings we are imperfect and undeserving of God’s love for us. This is why His love for us is best labeled as grace. This is also why the Gospel is offensive to many. The Gospel of grace says we are incredibly loved, and yet incredibly undeserving.
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.
“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. Preaching the Gospel is not reserved only for pastors. We are all called to daily preach the Gospel to our friends, our family, and even ourselves.
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!
Numinous literally means manifest presence or powerful presence. Wherever the presence of God is, there should always be power. Many Christians are eager to pursue the power of God, but we want to be committed to seeking God’s presence. The truth is you cannot separate God’s power from His presence. The desire to do so reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s character. If we seek His face we will always find His hand. Vineyard Blue is committed to cultivating an environment where the numinous of God becomes a normal part of our daily lives.
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.