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5620 First Cross Street

Galena, Indiana 47119

(Across the highway from Couvert Restaurant)

 

Gathering Times

 

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School 9:30am  

Worship - 10:30am

 Wednesday

  Prayer and Bible Study @ 7:00pm

  All ages!

What We Believe

At Redeeming Vine, we think it is important for you to understand what we believe. Below is a summary of how we view such things the Bible, Jesus, God and sin. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our pastors. They would look forward to speaking with you.

THE WORD OF GOD(SCRIPTURE): We believe and teach that the Bible is the revealed mind of God, the revelation to His people, the story of Christ and His redemption on behalf of sinners. All of Scripture either points to Jesus Christ or is explicitly about Him, His life, His ministry, His atoning death, and His resurrection from the grave. The Bible is a product of God's work upon the hearts of men, commanding and directing them to record His words in writing; therefore, Scripture is both holy and divine. (2 Peter 1:21)

Scripture consists of Old and New Testaments, constituted by what is known as the "cannon" of Scripture, 66 books, all being equally and fully authoritative.  We believe the Word God is the foundation upon which our faith stands, that it is binding upon us, and that we are to bow to its authority as being uncorrupted truth. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Scripture is completely sufficient for both salvation and for Christian living. It adequately contains what is needed for anyone to come to saving faith in Christ, and it provides all that we need to grow in Christ and become increasingly conformed to Him (sanctification). Therefore, we are to be cautious that we neither add to nor subtract from this sacred book. (Revelation 22:18-19)

 

THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST: We believe and teach that Jesus is the Son of God, God's only begotten Son, and that He perfectly reflects the holy essence of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). We believe God created the world through His Son and that Jesus "holds" creation together, sustaining it by His divine power. (Hebrews 1:3) (Colossians 1:16-17)

We believe and teach that Jesus was "incarnated", taking the "form of a servant", coming to earth as the "God-man" to ultimately lay down His life for His people. In becoming the God man His deity was fully preserved, though He set aside His divine prerogatives in submission to the Father's will. He was beset with weakness and temptation as a man, yet resisted, going to the Cross as a "high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled..." (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26)

 

THE JUSTICE OF GOD: We believe and teach that the righteous justice of God against sin was poured out upon His Son, He being our sin-bearer, He becoming sin for us according to Scripture, accepting the penalty for sin though He committed no sin of His own. (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22)

 

THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST: We believe and teach that Jesus Christ died for sinners, that His death was the only sufficient payment for sins, and His suffering upon the Cross of Calvary was predestined from the beginning. Because it is said that "without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins", the suffering of Christ was essential for anyone to be pardoned for sin. We reject the argument that this plan of God is injustice on God's part since it is God who is sovereign and who is free to determine by what means justice will be satisfied. We reject the error that reduces Christ's death to a mere moral example, since it is written, "through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men." We hold that Christ's death was substitution in our place, all of humanity being deserving of eternal condemnation for sin, Christ's death fully satisfying the wrath of God that was against us, and providing, additionally, a foreign righteousness imputed to all who trust in the finished work of our Savior. (Hebrews 9:22, Galatians 3:13, Romans 5:18)

 

THE DEITY OF CHRIST: We believe and teach that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Triune Godhead, that He is eternally begotten, that He has the same essence as the Father and is coeternal with Him, ruling and reigning with the Father over all things. He has always been the Son of God even when He condescended to take on human flesh and became “God-man”. He co-governs the Universe today, is the rightful Head of the Church, His people, and is worthy of our praise, adoration, and sacrificial commitment since He alone is Savior, Lord, and King. (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 7:3)

 

MAN'S FALL INTO SIN/ORIGINAL SIN: We believe and teach humanity is in a state of sin, that all the various effects of sin can be clearly seen, and that this desperate state originated with the sin of Adam, when his disobedience alienated man from God, and imputed a condition of corruption and inherent depravity in the heart of all people. Because the effects of sin are so great, and the heart of man so desperately wicked, nothing less than the imputation of Christ's righteousness, and a new nature obtained through the regenerating work of the Spirit of Christ will suffice to restore us to a state of acceptability in the eyes of God. (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:9, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

 

THE DOCTRINE OF THE CREATION OF ALL THINGS: We believe and teach that God is the creator heaven and earth in seven days, that everything was created as good, and was good prior to the introduction of sin into the world. We believe, likewise, that, as stated in Scripture, all things were created "by Him", and "through Him and for Him", meaning Jesus Christ. We understand this to represent both the Father and the Son as active in the creation of all things, and the sustaining of all things, including all life. The being, form, and appearance of all creatures is given by God and all provisions for man's existence, likewise, come from God. (Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26)

 

THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD: God, as ruler of the Universe, is supreme governor of all things. Therefore, nothing happens by chance, luck, or fortune, but by His will and decree. God watches over and provides for the needs of His creatures, showing gracious compassion even to those who are strangers to the gospel, and providing particular spiritual care to His people through the shepherding work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 6:32, Ephesians 1:1, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 119:89)