Village Chapel Baptist Church was started in 2002 for the purpose of planting a church to glorify God as the Word of God is preached, as we exalt Him in our worship, and as we teach and train believers, equipping them to do the work of the ministry as they live each day according to God’s Word.
As we seek to live in obedience to the Word of God, our core values are biblically based and they endure the test of time and the winds of cultural change. While we are open to modifying methodologies, we are committed to a biblically-based philosophy of ministry.
We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testament, to be the complete and final revelation to man. They are the Word of God and not just contain the Word of God. They are the verbal, plenary, inspired Word of God, the Final Authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe there is one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22)
God, the Father
We believe that God is an eternal person, having no beginning and no ending, and that He is Creator of all, infinite, and infallible.
(Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, John 4:24, John 17:3)
God, the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son. He is the only Savior of mankind. He is God incarnate in human flesh. He is Very God of Very God, for whom and by whom all things were created. He is the mediator between God and man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, died on the cross, and was bodily resurrected. We believe that the premillennial, pretribulational return of Jesus Christ for His church is imminent and that He will come again to rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years during the millennial kingdom.
(Acts 4:12, I Corinthians 15:3-6, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 1:18, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 1:35, John 8:58, John 14:3, John 14:6, Romans 8:3, I Corinthians 15:52, Colossians 1:16, I Thessalonians 1:10, I Timothy 2:5, Titus 2:11-14, Revelation 19:11-16)
God, the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal to God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature, and that He was active in the Creation. In His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of unrighteousness, and of judgment to come. He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the agent in the new birth, and He seals, fills, motivates, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and controls the believer.
(Genesis 1:1-3, John 14:16-17, John 14:26, Romans 8:14, I Corinthians 12:13)
We believe that the 6-day Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively, that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness, that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms, that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and that God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
(Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, Acts 4:24, Colossians 1:16-17, Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:24, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:21-23, Nehemiah 9:6, Jeremiah 10:12, Acts 17:23-26, Romans 1:20, I Corinthians 11:7, Hebrews 11:3, Revelation 10:6)
The Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, is totally unable to change his lost condition.
(Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12, Mark 7:20-23, Romans 3:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that one must be born from above and that this salvation is the gift of God, not of works, brought to man by grace, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
(John 3:5-7, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12-13, Ephesians 1:7, I Peter 1:18-19)
Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures with provision made for victory of the new man over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and all claims to the eradication of the flesh in this life are unscriptural. Because man is born in sin, he will continue in sin until he receives his glorified body. While on this earth, man will struggle with the sin nature and will need to strengthen the new nature.
(Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 6:13, Romans 8:12-13, Colossians 3:10, I Peter 1:14-16)
Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We also believe that it is the privilege of the believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
(John 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, John 6:37-40, Romans 8:1, I Peter 1:5)
The Eternal State
We believe that the bodies of all men are resurrected: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are absent from the body at death and present with the Lord at death, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. We reject all theories of soul sleep and believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
(John 11:25-26, I Corinthians 15:26, I Corinthians 15, 51, I Corinthians 15:54, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 20:11-15, Matthew 25:41-46, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-26, Luke 23:43, John 5:28-29, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:12, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:4-6, Revelation 20:12-14, Revelation 21:8)
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of all His gifts and that the gifts to the church of evangelist and pastor/teacher are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. We believe that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. Additionally, every Christian is given at least one spiritual gift through divine enablement by God to edify the body of Christ. God does hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted in accordance with His own will.
(Romans 12:4-8, I Corinthians 13:8-10, Ephesians 4:7-12, I Corinthians 12:4-11)
We believe that a Christian is separated to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and should walk free of all known sin and worldly activities in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon his Savior and Lord. A Christian should obey the command of Scripture to “come out from among them” and be separate from religious apostates and adhere to such doctrinal principles held dear to this church while maintaining a separated position.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-17, 2 Corinthians 7:1, 2 Thessalonians 3:14, 2 John 9-11, Romans 16:17, Titus 3:10, James 4:4, I John 2:15-17)
We believe that Satan is an actual created being, is the author of sin, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
(Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:13-15, Matthew 4:2-11)
We believe that God’s Word tells us of the blessed hope, the personal, imminent, pretribulational, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and His subsequent return to the earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom.
(I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 14:4-11, Revelation 20:1-6)
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. The local church has the right of self-government, recognizing no authority over it but Christ and His Word, and is free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. The congregation is to be organized and have qualified leaders to fill the roles of the scripturally designated officers of pastor (elder or bishop) and deacons. In the matter of policy, government, discipline, and love, the will of this local church is final.
(I Corinthians 12:12-14, I Timothy 3:1-13, Matthew 18:15-22, I Corinthians 5:11-13, I Corinthians 6:1-3, Ephesians 5:22-27, I Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that two ordinances are recognized in the church of this age: the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. They are not to be regarded, however, as a means of salvation or as a means of grace by which special merit is obtained. The Lord’s Supper shall be observed as often as the pastor shall decide. All who have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and are walking in fellowship with the Lord shall be welcome to join in this service unless they are under the discipline of the church. Water baptism, when administered by this church, shall be by immersion at the request of those who have personally acknowledged Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:17-34, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:36-39, Acts 10:47-48, I Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that the saved are obligated to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all mankind, whether at home or abroad, by their service, prayers, and gifts.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:47-49, John 20:21, Actus 1:8, Acts 26:17-18, 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society. We believe that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, with exception only in things opposed to the written, revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and is the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
(Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:29, Acts 23:5, Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, Exodus 18:21-22, I Peter 2:13-14, I Peter 2:17)