Our Beliefs

We come from a tradition of free-spirits and free-thinkers. As a community of faith, we come from different backgrounds, perspectives and 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 in community with others. VBC does not require its members to sign or recite a creed or specific statement of faith. Following the earliest Christian confession of faith, we unite around the simple affirmation that “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

That does not mean the church endorses 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.” Our diverse church is Christian by tradition, Baptist by heritage, and ecumenical in outlook.

We devote ourselves to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. We commit to loving our neighbors as ourselves. We strive to realize the kingdom of God on earth by seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.

 

Our covenant: The heart of who we are

One of the best ways to learn about our values and commitments as a church is to read our Church Covenant. Since 1971, new members have affirmed this covenant and committed to live out these values in their daily lives.

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.