Statement of Beliefs

At Journey Fellowship we believe…

God
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These are equal and are one God. God created the world out of nothing and by His power He sustains all He has created. (Romans 8; Genesis 1:26, John 1:1, Ephesians 1:13-14).

Jesus Christ
God, out of love for his children, sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and rise from the dead. (I Cor. 15:1-8) Jesus was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35) and became flesh and blood (John 1:1-16; 29-34) without ceasing to be God. He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles to confirm His divinity. He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, paying the debt for our sins (Mark 10:45). On the third day after His death He arose from the dead showing His victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He appeared to His disciples and then ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God serving as our mediator.

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He makes people aware of their need for Christ (John 16:8-11, 2 Corinthians 6:11). He indwells and empowers the believer (1 John 4:13; Galatians. 5:16-26). His presence in our life is a seal and guarantee that we are God’s children (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). The Holy Spirit gives believers spiritual gifts (talents or abilities) (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 12:4-8) to be used to help others.

Holy Bible
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine.
(2 Tim. 3:16)

Salvation
Salvation is a free gift of God. The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. All have sinned, but all can be saved. This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Christ as Savior. (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23; John 3:16)

Repentance
Those trusting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized. (Rom. 10:9; Acts 2:38)

Sanctification
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life
  (1Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

The Church
The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost and discipling the saved, helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ. (Eph. 4:1-16)

Christ’s Second Coming
Christ will one day return, judge all people, and reign forever. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Believers will be welcomed into God’s presence in Heaven. Unbelievers will be in Hell, separated from God’s presence.

Practices
Water Baptism
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-4).

The Lord’s Supper / Communion
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine - is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4; Matthew 26:26-30); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26; Luke 22:19); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!" (Matthew 26:26-30)

Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God (John 4:23,24), (3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16), and (4) Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27).

Marriage 
We believe that the Bible defines “marriage” as one man, one woman for life (Mark 10:6-9). We further believe that intimate sexual activity is a sacred gift of God and intended to be celebrated only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18,7-2-5; Hebrews 13:4)