We exist to bring life to dead places by empowering everyday people to live and lead like Jesus
The statements of faith below, which are centered in Christ and supported by Scripture, are our beliefs as a church. There are many issues on which churches hold differing views. Gray issues about which the Bible is silent are left to individuals to decide on their own. On these issues, The River takes no official position.
God is a community made up of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will pursue God because rich and deep relationships come from God.
This statement of faith is about the importance of living in community. While the Trinity is mysterious, think of it as God living in community with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. While He walked the earth, Jesus lived in community with His disciples. To that end, The River seeks to make it easy for people to connect with others in small community groups where life change is most likely to happen. Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Acts 20:32-38; 1 John 4:8-12; Mark 12:28-29; Mark 3:14
Jesus Christ is God graciously and truthfully showing Himself to our world. We will be fully devoted followers of Jesus.
There are many facts that point to Jesus’ claim to divinity. One of the acid tests of a belief is its effectiveness. Does it work in practical daily life? Skeptics have tried to explain Christianity away as a delusion, a psychological quirk, but the bottom line is, it works. The transforming power of the resurrected Christ has positively influenced people’s lives for centuries. Isaiah 7:14; 2 Peter 1:16
The Bible is God's love story with humanity and a complete guidebook for life. We will communicate its amazing relevance to our world.
The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God and there is compelling evidence to back up that claim. The River’s top priority is to communicate the Bible’s relevance to our everyday lives using transformational teaching. In other words, our goal is not to “feed” people, but to make them hungry to know more, because that’s the way Jesus taught. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20; Mark 4:26-29; Matthew 13:10-17
God in us gives us the power to live like Jesus forever. We grow by living authentically with God and with each other.
Authentic community with God, as well as with others, is what makes it possible to live like Jesus. The ability to live like Jesus happens when you engage with what we call The Pursuit: following Jesus, becoming more like Jesus and engaging in the mission of Jesus. Matthew 4:19; Acts 5:1; Matthew 26:36-39
Living with God forever or without God forever is our choice. We will make people who struggle with faith our first priority.
Heaven and hell are really about God giving us in eternity what we desired on earth.
Jesus described heaven as a vast community of people who loved and served Christ on earth, forever released from the ravages of sin, with no more sorrow, death, disappointment, guilt or remorse.
Jesus also described hell. He said there would be utter darkness (isolation, separation), intense fire (discomfort) and gnashing of teeth (extreme remorse). In hell, unbelievers will experience what they spent a lifetime attempting to experience on earth: a life of total separation from God. God doesn’t hurl people into hell; people choose it.
The River’s mission is to help people pursue God through biblical truth, genuine community and life transformation. We want to help all people, whatever their background or experiences, learn to live and love like Jesus Christ. Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 15:1-2; Luke 19:10; Luke 15:10
Jesus Christ designed His church to serve the world and make His presence real in it. We will serve our world like Jesus served His world.
Jesus challenges us to reorient our “me–first” mindsets to a servant mindset. When we live with a servant’s mindset, when we make Jesus’ presence known in practical ways, the church becomes a powerful, unstoppable force for change in the local community and around the world. Philippians 2:5-8; Mark 8:31-34; Matthew 25:31-46