As our official statement of faith, we've adopted and affirm the Apostle's Creed.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
Accordingly, we affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity.
In regards to these essential doctrines, there can be no conflicting opinions of those who call themselves true followers of Christ.
However, we do acknowledge that there are peripheral or non-essential doctrines that are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation. Some of these topics include the exact timing and nature of the rapture, the extent and use of certain spiritual gifts, and the relationship between election and free-will in salvation. While ViaCordis is diligent to establish biblically sound positions on these non-essentials, we will not allow these peripheral doctrines to cause division within our church network. We will accept into our family those who have differing views on the non-essential doctrines, but will not allow those of a different opinion to fracture Christ’s church. While we celebrate diversity (racial and theological), we will ultimately pursue the unity of the church.