An Open Community
As Christians, our faith is rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe Jesus was God in human form, so the way Jesus loved people is how God loves people, the way Jesus forgave people is how God forgives people, and the way Jesus lived his life is the way we seek to live our lives every day.
As Baptists, we come from a Christian tradition of free-spirits and free-thinkers. We believe that everyone should be free to discover faith for themselves and that everyone should be free to express that faith authentically. As a community of faith, we come from different backgrounds, perspectives, and faith traditions. We celebrate our diversity because we believe the church is a place for you to come to ask questions, wrestle with life’s difficult problems, and grow in your faith with others.
We don’t require our members to sign or recite a creed or specific statement of faith. You won’t find a long list of things you can or can’t believe in. Following the earliest Christian confession of faith, we unite around the simple affirmation that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Of course, that does not mean that we endorse any and all beliefs. We do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive. We echo what has often been said throughout church history: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” This makes us a different kind of Baptist church than you may be used to elsewhere. We strive to be a church that is progressive, inclusive, and culturally diverse.
When we considered writing what we believe, we were reminded of the story about a religious scholar who once asked Jesus to summarize all the teachings and message of the Bible. Jesus replied to “Love God” and “Love Others” (Matthew 22:37-40). Following the example of Jesus, we unite around three core beliefs:
- God loves everyone.
- Created in God’s image of love, everyone has God-given gifts and abilities.
- We can use those gifts to share God’s love with others and change the world.
If you’d like to learn more about our beliefs, come join us for worship or visit one of our community groups. It’s through the life of the church that you will get to know what we believe and value most.
Our Church Covenant: The Practices that Sustain Us
We believe that faith is not just about ideas, but the values and actions that form us into the people God has created us to be. In the late 1960s, members of our church began to gather weekly to pray and reflect on what it would mean to create a shared understanding of our commitments to follow the way of Jesus in our daily lives. This process gave birth to the most formative document in the life of our church: our Church Covenant.
Today, we affirm our covenant monthly and at other significant times as a way of reminding ourselves of the ways God calls us to receive and share the love of God as a community of faith. We invite people who make the decision to help us fulfill God’s mission for our church and to grow in their faith at VBC to sign our Book of Covenant as a symbol of their commitment.
We invite you to take time to read and reflect on our church covenant. It’s the best way to learn about what we care about and how we live out our faith as a church.
Vienna Baptist Church Covenant
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is called to live under His lordship and continue His ministry to the world.
We therefore covenant together as a local expression of His church:
To engage regularly in the worship of God, Bible study, and opportunities for growth in the Christian faith.
To live in Christian love and forgiveness in our families, congregation, and relations with all people.
To fulfill our Christian vocation through the stewardship of life and possessions, both within and beyond the congregation.
To proclaim the gospel through words and deeds to those whose lives our touch, and provide the resources necessary for others to do so throughout the world.
Click here to download a copy of the Church Covenant.