Vision – by May 2020
IN FOUR YEARS: River people will personally and verbally share the Gospel with 1,000 people who live within the sphere of our local ministry.
IN FOUR YEARS: There will be 250 new believers participating in a life-giving discipleship track.
IN FOUR YEARS: 80% of River adults will be engaged in at least one growth group every year.
IN FOUR YEARS: 500 people will gather for worship on any given weekend.
The Bible – Words from God
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the means by which we learn about God and about ourselves. It is both a love letter from God to us, and an owner’s manual about the way life is meant to be lived. We look to the Bible for God’s authority and plan for His people – we will not change God’s Word to fit our culture or beliefs.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
We believe there is one living and true God, both holy and loving. He is unlimited in power, wisdom and goodness; the Creator and Preserver of all things. While difficult to grasp, we believe God eternally exists in three distinct persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He came to earth as a baby – fully God and fully man. He suffered in our place on the cross; He died, but rose again. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits at the Father’s right hand, interceding for us, until He returns to judge all humanity at the last day.
We believe in the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is the same essential nature, majesty and glory as the Father and the Son. We believe the Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power to live a holy life. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers for edifying and equipping the Church.
Sin and Salvation
We believe man was created in God’s image. We also believe all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. We believe only God’s grace can save us – salvation is free to anyone who will repent from his/her sins and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Good works will show evidence of our faith in Christ, but will not get us into heaven – it is only through God’s grace.
We believe God wants to do more in our lives than just forgive us. We believe Jesus offers to help those who accept Him live a life filled with joy and peace. The Holy Spirit lives in Christians and works in their lives to bring about His preferred future for them and to make them more like Jesus.
We believe Jesus will one day return to earth. We do not get hung up on the how and the when – our job is to be ready for that day. We believe that one day, every knee will bow and every tongue declare that Jesus is Lord.