STATEMENT OF FAITH
Statement of Faith
Journey Church's Statement of Faith is based on the positions of the Evangelical Free Church of America, our affiliated denomination.
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.
Our Distinctives, rooted in the doctrines from our Statement of Faith, Journey Distinctives have been developed by our pastors and elders to address prominent cultural issues.
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 the final breath.
In tandem with the above belief, we recognize that human life and personhood begin at conception. We see no biblical, philosophical, or scientific evidence for placing life and personhood's beginnings anywhere else in 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 essential pursuit for those who follow him. Social justice, properly understood, is rooted in a biblical calling to care for the vulnerable in our society. This includes but is not limited to the unborn, the handicapped (physically or cognitively), and the elderly.