What We Believe
WE BELIEVE that there is ONE living and true God - eternally existing in THREE persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all (Genesis 1:1-3, 26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-18, 8:58, 2 Corinthians 3:17, 13:14).
WE BELIEVE that the SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 12:6, John 10:35, 2 Timothy 3:16, Revelation 22:18-19).
WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 6:9-13, 7:7-11, John 4:23-24, Titus 3:4-7).
WE BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He entered our world as a MAN born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that He lived on earth a perfect and sinless life and was anointed by the Holy Spirit, through whom He worked miracles and taught the truth. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. We believe in Jesus' Deity: He is of one substance with, and co-eternal and co-equal with the Father; true God of true God. (Isaiah 53:3-6, Matthew 1:20, 1:23, 5:1-2, 28:6, Luke 24:50-51, John 1:18, 3:16, 10:37-38, 17:5, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 3:21-26, Hebrews 1:1-12, 7:24-25; 1 Peter 2:22-24, 1 John 3:5).
WE BELIEVE in the PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, who is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and the Son. He came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, John 3:3-8, 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:8-11, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 12:1-11, 2 Corinthians 3:17).
WE BELIEVE that by His DEATH on the cross, Jesus has paid the price for our sin. Those who repent, believe in what Jesus has done and receive Him as Lord of their lives will be SAVED from the eternal judgment. For those experiencing such judgment, it will be a consequence of their choices in life. (Isaiah 53:3-6, Mark 1:15, John 3:1-21).
WE BELIEVE that all PEOPLE are SINNERS by nature and choice and, therefore, under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often, though not always, subsequent to regeneration. (Acts 1:5-8, 2:1-4, 2:37-39, 8:14-17, 10:44-48, Romans 3:23, 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:1-5, 1 Peter 1:1-4)
WE BELIEVE that God in His great mercy not only wants to see us saved, but also wants us to know Him in a RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE. He wishes us to worship, praise and adore Him and His Son Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, grow to become like Jesus. (John 14:23, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 1:7-8).
WE BELIEVE in the universal CHURCH, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. This family of believers is called to worship and praise Him together, to love and care for each other, to love and care for the disadvantaged and to reach those who do not know God with the good news of the Gospel. We believe that all those who are regenerated, who know and love Jesus, are members of the universal Church of God, whatever their denomination. The Windsor Vineyard is only part of the true Church in Windsor and worldwide. (Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Gal. 3:28, Eph. 4:25, 5: 23).
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the church: 1) baptism and, 2) the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion is an outward sign of a believer's identification with Jesus' death and resurrection. Communion (the Lord's Supper) is a memorial of Jesus' death on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 22:19-20, Romans 6:4, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
WE BELIEVE in the LAYING ON OF HANDS for the baptism (or release) of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, appointing key leaders, and for receiving gifts of the Spirit, or healing. (Mark 16:18, Acts 8:14-17, 13:1-3, 19:6, 1 Timothy 4:14, 5:22, 2 Timothy 1:6).
WE BELIEVE that MARRIAGE and family are part of God's Creation plan for humanity, and that marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman. We believe that sexual activity outside this union is contrary to God's will for us. We also affirm singleness as a blessed calling for many. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25; Matthew 19: 1-12, 1 Corinthians 7:1-8, Hebrews 13:4).
WE BELIEVE THAT GENDER is a part of God’s Creation plan for humanity. God made us male and female, and it is appropriate for each person to be thankful to God for their God-given biological gender. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25, Acts 2:17-18, Romans 1:18-21, 1 Peter 3:7).
WE BELIEVE in the actual physical RETURN OF CHRIST to earth and the full establishment of His Kingdom, a kingdom which is already “at hand” as announced by Christ. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and the second death of the wicked. (Zechariah 14:1-9, Matthew 4:17, 24:23-31, Luke 4:18-19, 1 Corinthians 15:50-56, 1 Thess 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Revelation 19:11-20:15).