STATEMENT OF FAITH

GOD

 

We believe in one God, Cre­ator of all things, holy, infi­nitely per­fect, and eter­nally exist­ing in a lov­ing unity of three equally divine Per­sons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Hav­ing lim­it­less knowl­edge and sov­er­eign power, God has gra­ciously pur­posed from eter­nity to redeem a peo­ple for Him­self and to make all things new for His own glory.  

 

THE BIBLE

 

We believe that God has spo­ken in the Scrip­tures, both Old and New Tes­ta­ments, through the words of human authors. As the ver­bally inspired Word of God, the Bible is with­out error in the orig­i­nal writ­ings, the com­plete rev­e­la­tion of His will for sal­va­tion, and the ulti­mate author­ity by which every realm of human knowl­edge and endeavor should be judged. There­fore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

 

THE HUMAN CONDITION

 

We believe that God cre­ated Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sin­ners by nature and by choice, alien­ated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s sav­ing work in Jesus Christ can we be res­cued, rec­on­ciled and renewed.

 

JESUS CHRIST

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incar­nate, fully God and fully man, one Per­son in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was con­ceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the vir­gin Mary. He lived a sin­less life, was cru­ci­fied under Pon­tius Pilate, arose bod­ily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

 

THE WORK OF CHRIST

 

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our rep­re­sen­ta­tive and sub­sti­tute, shed His blood on the cross as the per­fect, all-sufficient sac­ri­fice for our sins. His aton­ing death and vic­to­ri­ous res­ur­rec­tion con­sti­tute the only ground for salvation.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glo­ri­fies the Lord Jesus Christ. He con­victs the world of its guilt. He regen­er­ates sin­ners, and in Him they are bap­tized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the fam­ily of God. He also indwells, illu­mi­nates, guides, equips and empow­ers believ­ers for Christ-like liv­ing and service.

 

THE CHURCH

 

We believe that the true church com­prises all who have been jus­ti­fied by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is man­i­fest in local churches, whose mem­ber­ship should be com­posed only of believ­ers. The Lord Jesus man­dated two ordi­nances, bap­tism and the Lord’s Sup­per, which vis­i­bly and tan­gi­bly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of sal­va­tion, when cel­e­brated by the church in gen­uine faith, these ordi­nances con­firm and nour­ish the believer.

 

CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

We believe that God’s jus­ti­fy­ing grace must not be sep­a­rated from His sanc­ti­fy­ing power and pur­pose. God com­mands us to love Him supremely and oth­ers sac­ri­fi­cially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, com­pas­sion toward the poor and jus­tice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fer­vent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to com­bat the spir­i­tual forces of evil. In obe­di­ence to Christ’s com­mis­sion, we are to make dis­ci­ples among all peo­ple, always bear­ing wit­ness to the gospel in word and deed.

 

CHRIST'S RETURN

 

We believe in the per­sonal, bod­ily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The com­ing of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands con­stant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, moti­vates the believer to godly liv­ing, sac­ri­fi­cial ser­vice and ener­getic mission.

 

RESPONSE & ETERNAL DESTINY

 

We believe that God com­mands every­one every­where to believe the gospel by turn­ing to Him in repen­tance and receiv­ing the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bod­ily and judge the world, assign­ing the unbe­liever to con­dem­na­tion and eter­nal con­scious pun­ish­ment and the believer to eter­nal blessed­ness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glo­ri­ous grace. Amen.

 

JOURNEY CHURCH DISTINCTIVES

BEGINNING AND END OF LIFE

 

We believe that our biblical calling to be stewards of creation (Genesis 1:28-31) involves  reverence for the mystery of human life (Psalm 139:13) made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). All human beings are created, as image bearers, with intrinsic dignity and worthy of respect. There are no exceptions.  We reject any view that associates the Image of God, personhood, or human dignity with function or competence. This means, among other things, that each person has a right to life and protection from harm. We affirm the value God invests in each person (Matthew 6:26, 10:31, 12:12) from the beginning of life until final breath.

 

In tandem with the above belief, we recognize that human life and personhood begins at conception. We see no biblical, philosophical, or scientific evidence for placing life and personhood's beginnings anywhere else in the process of human development.  We are, therefore opposed to the taking of innocent life in abortion, and recognize this to be consistent with the oldest traditions of the Church. We also resist the premature ending of life in physician-assisted dying, affirming natural death to be the only course within the will of God.

 

We affirm justice as fundamental to the character of God and therefore an important pursuit for those who follow him. Social justice, properly understood, is rooted in a biblical calling to care for vulnerable in our society. This includes but is not limited to the unborn, the handicapped (physically or cognitively), and the elderly.

 

HUMAN SEXUALITY

 

We believe that God created male and female in His image and that both genders are of equal value before God while at the same time having unique, distinctive, and complementary roles and responsibilities in creation. God established marriage as a one-flesh relationship between the man and the woman. We therefore believe that the only context for sexual activity is the marriage of a man and woman. Hence, sexual activity outside of marriage, including, but not limited to, fornication, adultery, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the church. Further, lewd conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography are incompatible with God’s intention. (Leviticus 18:22, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:4, Jude 7).

 

We believe marriage was established by God as a one-flesh relationship between a man and a woman who are committed to each other for life. We thus define marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman for an exclusive, life-long, one-flesh relationship. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of marriage found in this position statement. 

 

We will aggressively love and pursue people who disagree with this position in order to reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ in so far as our approach and methods are in line with the whole of biblical teaching. 

 

Leadership, staff, and members must be in agreement with this biblical position on human sexuality. Furthermore, all ceremonies, events, and activities connected with Journey Church or our property must comply with this doctrinal position.