Welcome to The Refuge Vicenza Online

Our Beliefs

  1. THE BIBLE:
    We believe that the Bible alone is God's perfect Word.
  2. GOD:
    We believe in the one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Trinity).
  3. JESUS CHRIST:
    We believe that Jesus is God, that He died on the cross, and that He rose from the dead opening the way for mankind to have a relationship with God. We believe He did this because He loves us.
  4. THE HOLY SPIRIT:
    We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, that He convicts men of their sin, and comes to live in anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ.
    We believe that the Holy Spirit gives Christians the power to change, and to live joyful, holy, and victorious lives.
  5. CREATION:
    We believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six days.
  6. THE FALL OF MAN:
    We believe God created man innocent, but by choice all men have sinned.
  7. SALVATION:
    We believe that forgiveness of sin and a relationship with God are possible only by admitting we have sinned and believing that Jesus Christ took our punishment through his death on the cross. Salvation cannot be earned and is the decision of each individual.
    We believe that the way a person lives (beliefs, attitudes, words, actions) is the observable evidence that attests to their having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  8. THE CHURCH:
    We believe that the Church is made up of all people throughout the world that have entered into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and new birth through the Holy Spirit.
    We believe that the local church is a family of believers who love one another, are committed to one another, and meet together regularly for preaching/teaching of the Bible, worship, prayer, and fellowship.
    We believe that the Church exists to love and worship God and to share the truth of Jesus Christ with those around them so that they too can enter into a relationship with God.
  9. THE MINISTRY:
    We believe that ministry is a calling from God, not a career. We believe that the purpose of ministry is to encourage and equip the church to do the will of God.
  10. ORDINANCES (Water Baptism and The Lord's Supper):
    We believe that everyone who has entered into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ is required to be baptized in water. We believe in baptism by immersion.
    We believe that when believers come together they should celebrate the Lord's Supper. We eat bread and drink grape juice so we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us when He died on the cross.
  11. SANCTIFICATION (being made holy):
    We believe being sanctified, seen as sinless, is accomplished by God at the moment we are born again. We also believe that it is the each believer's personal responsibility to reject evil and surrender to the life changing power of the Holy Spirit.
  12. DIVINE HEALING:
    We believe that God heals body, soul, and spirit supernaturally. In addition, we believe God heals using physicians and through the natural process of our bodies which He created.
  13. LAST THINGS:
    We believe in the rapture of the church, the judgment seat of Christ, the tribulation, and the physical second coming of Jesus to the earth to defeat His enemies, establish His kingdom, and rule on earth for 1,000 years. We believe in the final judgment and the New Heaven and the New Earth.
  14. ETERNAL STATE:
    We believe everyone will live for eternity; either in Heaven with God or in Hell separated from God.
  15. FAMILY, MARRIAGE, CHILDREN, SEXUALITY:
    We believe:
    God created the family as the foundational institution of society.
    Marriage is a joyous covenantal relationship.
    Children are a blessing and a heritage from God.
    Sexuality is a gift from God when expressed within the boundaries of marriage.
  16. THE DEVIL OR SATAN:
    We believe Satan is a real entity who was an angel created by God, rebelled against God, and as a result was banned from Heaven and became Satan/devil. He is completely evil, the enemy of man, and destined for eternity in hell.