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Our Beliefs

Journey Church is a Wesleyan Church.  The Wesleyan Church is an evangelical Christian denomination with historic ties to the Methodist tradition.  Our beliefs include:

 

1. Faith in the Holy Trinity

 

We believe in the one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things.  Within this unity there are three person of one essential nature, power and eternity--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

2. The Father

 

We believe the Father is the Source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit.  With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image.  By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them.  In love, He both seeks and receives penitent sinners.

 

3. The Son of God

 

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man.  He died on the cross and was buried, to be a sacrifice both for original sin and for all human transgressions, and to reconcile us to God.  Christ rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and there intercedes for us at the Father's right hand until He returns to judge all humanity at the last day.

 

4. The Holy Spirit

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is of the same essential nature, majesty, and glory, as the Father and the Son, truly and eternally God.  He is the Administrator of grace to all, and is particularly the effective Agent in conviction for sin, in regeneration, in sanctification, and in glorification.  He is ever present, assuring, preserving, guiding, and enabling the believer.

 

5. The Sufficiency and Full Authority of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation

 

We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments constitute the Holy Scriptures.  They are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God, fully inerrant in their original manuscript and superior to all human authority, and have been transmitted to the present without corrupt of any essential doctrine.  We believe that they contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man or woman that is should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.  Both in the Old and New Testaments teaches Christians how to fulfill the moral principles of the Old Testament, calling for loving obedience to God made possible by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit.

 

The canonical books of the Old Testament are:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

 

The canonical books of the New Testament are:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and Revelation.  

 

6. God's Purpose for Humanity

 

We believe that the two great commandments which require us to love the Lord our God with all the heart, and our neighbors as ourselves, summarize the divine law as it is revealed in the Scriptures.  They are the perfect measure and norm of human duty, both for the ordering and directing of families and nations, and all other social bodies, and for individual acts, by which we are required to acknowledge God as our only Supreme Rule, and all persons as created by Him, equal in all natural rights.  Therefore all persons should so order all their individual, social and political acts as to give to God entire and absolute obedience, and to assure to all the enjoyment of every natural right, as well as to promote the fulfillment of each in the possession and exercise of such rights.