Raising up new generations of both physical and spiritual descendants who are strong, bold, and fruitful in the love and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Vital Signs
We have four vital signs which help us to monitor the health of our church and the accomplishment of our mission. Just as medical vital signs are important for our physical bodies, our church vital signs are equally important for our spiritual life and our development as a body of believers.
PVCC Vital Signs
Being Partners Together in the Progress of the Gospel
God's mission is the restoration of His Creation to its original glory and the establishment of His Kingdom (Revelation 21:1-8; Matthew 13:44-45; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The people of PVCC partner together in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by:
- Showing the love of Christ openly
- Sharing the love of Christ relationally
- Spreading the love of Christ corporately
Increasing in Love that Makes the Best Choices
Each follower of Christ is to engage in meaningful and effective ministry. A healthy and effective church joins with God in His mission to accomplish His vision. This happens through works of service (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2:10) and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:25-37) so that we can work together in unity as partners in the progress of the Gospel.
Each follower of Christ is to be consistently growing in spiritual maturity and in discernment to be able to know the best choices God would have us make. God's aim is for each member to be built up in Christ-likeness (Romans 8:28-30).
A healthy church must place a strong emphasis on teaching the content of the Bible and how it applies to everyday life. This teaching must take place throughout the entire ministry--not just for the adults (Matthew 28:19-20).
Develop Deep Feelings of Affection and Connection with God, His Gospel, and One Another
Our prayer is that the people of PVCC develop significant relationships that revolve around Jesus and His mission. Without significant relationships, the church is just a crowd of people. A deep affection for God, His Gospel, and one another involves deepening relationships that are shared in the common bond of Christ. These relationships deepen through experiencing Jesus together in worship, faith, and mission.
"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us" (1 Thessalonians 2:8, ESV).
Being Faithful Until the Day of Christ Jesus
The entire New Testament is written in the context of the end of all things and the return of Jesus on the Day of the Lord. Believers are to continue in their faith and be blameless before the Lord on the day of His return. This is our great hope and aim: when Jesus will appear and we will be transformed (Philippians 1:9-11; 3:20-21; 1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-15).
We are to be living in great anticipation of the return of Christ, and we are to be growing in Christ until the day of His return. (Romans 12:1-2).
Inspiration of the
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments to be without error, the
inspired Word of God and the final authority
for faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
We believe in one triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternally existing in three persons, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Mk. 12:29; Jn. 1:1-4; Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 5:3-4; Heb. 1:1-4; Rev. 1:4-8).
The Total Depravity of Humanity
We believe that all human beings are born separated from God because of sin, are totally depraved, and are unable to remedy their condition. They are in need of a Savior from sin (Rom. 3:10-12; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
Redemption by the Blood of Christ
We believe that our salvation has been accomplished solely by the sacrificial death and the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26; 5:5-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).
We believe that Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God as the believer’s Advocate (Lk. 1:34-35; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; Acts 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:1-2).
Justification by Faith
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to humanity by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Good works are the evidence of faith in the life of a believer (Jn. 5:24; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 2:12-13).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ (Jn. 16:5-15; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14).
Security in Christ
We believe that all true believers in Christ are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ (Lk. 10:20; Jn. 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 2 Cor. 5:1, 7-8; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 Jn. 5:13).
The Church, which is the body and the espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual body made up of all born-again persons (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:13-27; Eph. 1:22-23).
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is the author of sin and that he is the openly-declared enemy of God, creation, and humanity (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones (Jn. 14:1-4; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Th. 4:13-18; 5:9).
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all human beings: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of the saved to witness by life and word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all humanity (Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20).