What We Believe

What’s Our Purpose?

The Vision of Vision Open Bible Church (VOBC). Our vision for VOBC is very modest. "To daily live out the gospel of Christ in word and deed."

In Word:
We tell others of our personal experience of the transforming love of Christ and how He forgave our sins, changed our lives and gave us hope of eternal life with Him in Heaven.

In Deed:
We do our very best in living what we preach. We believe that the life we live should match what we tell others about the transforming power of the word of God, “they will know that we are changed by our lifestyle.”

We seek to fulfill our purpose through building relationships and adding value to individuals and families. Our mission is to intentionally share the love of Christ with our families, friends, neighbors and the wider communities.


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Arlington <b>The Bible</b>

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice.

(Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)

Arlington <b>God</b>

God

We believe there is one God. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, fulfilling distinct but complementary roles in the great work of redemption.

(Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 5:7.)

(1) God the Father
We believe in God the Father, the co-Creator with the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is the eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present, and unchangeable Creator of all.

(Deuteronomy 32:6; Psalms 103:13; Isaiah 63:16; Matthew 6:9; John 1:3, 5:19-23, 17:1-11; Acts 17:28; Romans 8:14-16; Ephesians 4:6.)

(2) God the Son
We believe in God the Son, co-Creator with the Father and Holy Spirit, who took upon Himself human form, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and given the name Jesus. His death by crucifixion and His bodily resurrection reconciled the human race to God. He ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

(Isaiah 53:1-5; Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1-3, 11:25-26; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:5.)

(3) God the Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, co-Creator with the Father and Son, who is now sent by the Father through the Son to convict the world of sin, lead us into all truth, and empower and equip the Church to carry on Christ’s work on earth.

(Genesis 1:2; John 14:26, 15:26, 16:8; Acts 1:8.)

Arlington <b>The Fall of Mankind</b>

The Fall of Mankind

We believe the human race is fallen from its original, created goodness because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

(Genesis 1:27, 3:1-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:12, 5:19.)

Arlington <b>The Plan of Redemption</b>

The Plan of Redemption

We believe Jesus Christ was the sacrifice God planned from the foundation of the world for the sin of the human race. By shedding His blood and dying on the cross, Jesus made provision for the salvation of all people.

(Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:19-20.)

Arlington <b>Salvation</b>

Salvation

We believe, because of our total inability to save ourselves, salvation is by God’s grace alone. It is received by faith with repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

(John 3:3, 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:24.)

Arlington <b>Resurrection</b>

Resurrection

We believe the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ assures the believer of bodily resurrection and eternal life.

(Matthew 28:1-7; Romans 6:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.)

Arlington <b>Eternity</b>

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

(John 3:16, I John 2:25 & 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

Arlington <b>Church Relationship</b>

Church Relationship

We believe Christians should assemble regularly for edification, worship, fellowship, and proclamation of the gospel. All believers should do the work of the ministry according to their spiritual gifts and should tithe and otherwise contribute financially to their church.

(Psalms 111:1; Malachi 3:8-10; Acts 2:42-47, 16:5; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Hebrews 10:24-25.)

Arlington <b>Evangelism and Missions</b>

Evangelism and Missions

We believe the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to carry the gospel message to the entire world – to every nation, ethnicity, culture, and language. The growth and strength of the Church depend on its wholehearted sacrifice and support for world evangelization.

(Psalms 2:8; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 9:38; Mark 16:15; John 4:35-37; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 5:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; James 5:20; Revelation 5:9.)