True Vine Missionary

Full Gospel Baptist Church

701 Morton Avenue

Chester, Pennsylvania 19013

(856) 485-0642

 

Jay T. Harrison, Sr., Overseer

Crystal Harrison, Senior Pastor

 

contactus@truevinemfgbc.org


BELIEFS



CORE VALUES


JESUS

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom.


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and forever indwells all Christians. Either subsequently or at the same moment, Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. These gifts are subject to judging and are to confirm, and never supersede, what has been revealed in the Bible.


SALVATION

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ritual, work, or any other activity is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek sōtēria; Hebrew yeshu'ah[citation needed]) is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation. In religion, salvation is stated as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences.


BAPTISM, COMMUNION

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation. Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.


THE CHURCH


We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching gifts to the church. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.


FAITH

 

Hebrews 11;6,

     6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

 James 2:14-18, King James Version (KJV)

     14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 

 

     17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

     18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my     

          faith by my works.

 

                                   •             We will preserve our identity and values relative to fellowship

                                   •             We will manifest our faith in the world and implement it each day

                                   •             We will live with the understanding that faith without good works dies on the vine


FAMILY

Genesis 22; 18,

     17   I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your 

            descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

     18   And through your offspring all nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 1


Acts 16; 33- 34,

     32   Then Paul and Silas spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.

     33   At that hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds. And without delay, he and all his household 

            were baptized.

     34   Then he brought them into his home and set a meal before them. So he and all his household rejoiced that they had 

            come to believe in God.…



                                 •             We will establish supportive resources for single mothers and fathers, and for families in crisis

                                 •             We will recognize and address attacks on families even as we work to protect them

                                 •             We will prioritize preserving the family structure and end destruction of our families


FITNESS

3 John 2 King James Version (KJV)

     2    Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.


1 Timothy 4:8  (KJV)

     8    For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of 

           that which is to come.


                                        •             We will launch ChurchFit nationally as a proven concept to address health issues impacting

                                        •             We will develop a toolkit for other congregations to implement ChurchFit

                                        •             We will provide educational materials to all our congregations that teach the importance of

                                                       caring for the body God gave you and staying healthy


FINANCE

Psalm 112:3  (KJV)

     3    Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever

 

                                         •         Proverbs 22:7: Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

                                         •         Romans 13:8: Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you

                                                    love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

                                         •         1 Timothy 5:8: But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own

                                                    household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

                                         •         Luke 16:11: And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true

                                                   riches of heaven?

                                         •         Proverbs 13:22: Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s

                                                   wealth passes to the godly.

                                         •         We will have informed discussions on creating economic justice in our communities

                                         •         We will develop community partnerships to encourage financial literacy

                                         •         We will empower pastors and leaders to advise and help members maintain financial solvency

                                         •         We will learn how to effectively create and share wealth in our communities so that whole

                                                   neighborhoods can be lifted up out of poverty


FELLOWSHIP

Psalm 133  (KJV)

     1     Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

     2     It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the

            skirts of his garments;

     3     As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the

            blessing, even life for evermore.

Jeremiah 29;7,

     7     Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you

            too will prosper.’ 

Acts 2; 1-3,

     1     And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

     2     And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were

            sitting.

     3     And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

     4     And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


                                          .           We will actively participat in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship,

                                          .           We will nurture and develop healthy relationship with other local Christian ministries,

                                          .           We will continue to fight against hunger, through our food pantry and the Kingdom Cafe

                                                      devotional and hot meal program on Sunday mornings!

                                          .           We will continue to promote and act as a hub for the Toys for Tots, the Boys and Girls club  

                                                      Inc. on 4th Sunday’s.