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Our Beliefs

What We Believe at River

Our Beliefs

TRUTH + UNITY + Grace + love

What we believe determines how we worship God and live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. Upholding God's TRUTH as proclaimed in His Word, the Bible, we seek UNITY in primary matters, GRACE in secondary matters, and LOVE in all things. The following is a simplified summary of our core doctrinal beliefs based on God's Word, which is a continuation of our commitment to follow the words, ways and works Jesus with faith, hope and love.

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible – all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

GOD | The Trinity

We believe in the one living and true God as revealed in the Bible, eternally existing in perfect unity as three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (John 17:3, Matthew 28:19–20; John 1:1–4; Acts 5:3–4)

GOD | The Father

We believe God the Father created all things in six literal days for His will through His Son, Jesus Christ. He upholds all things by His Word, exercising sovereignty over all things. (Revelation 4:11, Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3).

GOD | The son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on human flesh; being fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life and died on the cross to redeem all who believe in Him. He rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, is the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth to finish His redemptive mission. (John 1:1, 14, 18; John 14:8–9; 1 Timothy 3:16).

GOD | THe spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit (also called "The Holy Ghost") glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ; convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and imparts new spiritual life to the believer. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, guides, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christlike living and service. (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11–12; Romans 8:9–17; 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4–5, 11–13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 2:1–4; 2 Corinthians 12:12)

HUMANITY | Our PURPOSE

We believe that God created male and female in His own image to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship. We believe it is the privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants in the Great Commission call of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:14-20)

SALVATION

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that salvation is found in no other name. His death on the cross was the complete payment for the sins of each person that places their faith in Christ. At salvation each person is made a new creation and secured as an adopted child of God forever. Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end. (Romans 8:37–39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Cor. 12:13)

The CHURCH

We believe that every believer in Jesus Christ is made part of the Body of Christ, the Church. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of Baptism and Communion, service to the local body through talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to make disciples. (Ephesians 1:22–23; Acts 2:42–46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18–20; Ephesians 4:16; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3–6; 1 Corinthians 11:20–29)

THINGS TO COME

We believe in the visible, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed hope of His return has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved to eternal life in Heaven and the lost to eternal wrath in Hell. (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Acts 1:3, 9; Hebrews 7:25–26)

CONCLUSION

We are a pastor led, elder governed, team driven, autonomous non-denominational church.


We are joyfully affiliated with the Send Network (NAMB/SBC) and the Calvary Global Network (CGN).


Regarding our beliefs, we are in agreement with The Baptist Faith & Message, The CGN Statement of Beliefs, and have adapted this statement of beliefs from Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside CA. Above all, we rely on God's Word and the Power of the Holy Spirit to Gather, Grow and Go in response to God's Love for us, revealed by of Jesus Christ.


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