River Church

  • What We Value
  • What We Believe
  • Lead. Live. Love.

These values represent the core principles that shape the culture and drive the ministry of River Church. They embody our identity and guide our activity as a local expression of the Body of Christ. In short, the following nine convictions reflect the heart of River Church. From a theological and practical perspective, we see a natural progression from one value to another as listed below.

The Word of God

We believe in and are passionate about reading, studying, and obeying the Word of God. The Bible is foundational to all that we think, do, or say as believers, and is the source that shaped the nine core values of River Church. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man and is the only absolute and authoritative rule for our faith and practice. As prayer is the means by which we talk to God, the Scriptures are the primary means by which God speaks to us.

Prayer

We believe in and are passionate about devoting ourselves to God in prayer. Communication is essential to every healthy relationship. Prayer is the means by which we communicate our thoughts and feelings to the Lord. The Bible teaches us to “pray without ceasing.” Setting aside a specific time every day to pray is a catalyst for continuing in an attitude of prayer throughout the day. The entire Christian life should be nurtured and sustained by communion with God in prayer and by making our requests known to Him.

Scriptural Basis: Matt. 6:5-13; 7:7-11; Mk. 1:35; Lk. 11:1; Ex. 33:18; Rom. 12:12; 1 Sam. 12:23; 1 Thess. 5:17; Phil. 4:6-7; Acts 2:42, 4:31, 10:30-31, 13:3; 1Kings 18:24, 36-39; Is. 56:7; Eph. 1:16-23, 6:18; Rev. 5:8; James 5:13-18.

Godly Character

We believe in and are passionate about God’s plan for man to share His image and reflect His character. Becoming more like Jesus Christ is the central principle behind Christian discipleship. In the Bible God has revealed His character to be holy, just, gracious, loving, faithful, and true. We are committed to the process of spiritual formation whereby God is forming His character in us by the Holy Spirit.
{While some values explain why we do certain things as a church, the value of godly character answers the question of who we are becoming as individuals in the church.}

Scriptural Basis: Gen. 6:9, 18:19; Ex. 18:21, 19:6, 34:6-7; Ps. 35:5, 7, 10; 1 Jn. 4:7-11, 5:20; Jn. 3:33; 2 Pet. 1:3-9; 1 Pet. 1:14-17; Heb. 12:14; Matt. 5:48; Rom. 5:1-5; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-16; Pr. 10:9, 11:3, 20:7; Dan 6:1-5; Job 1:1.

God-Centered Families

We believe in and are passionate about having families that place the Lord at the center of all they do. The family is the relational structure created by God for men, women, and children to experience His love and the healthy relationships that flow from it. While the church plays a significant role in the spiritual life of the family, it is primarily the parent’s role to lead and teach their children to live lives that are pleasing to God. River Church is committed to assisting parents in the discipling and training of their children, and to honoring the priority of family time through our ministries and activities.

Scriptural Basis: Joshua 24:14-15; Gen. 1:26-28, 2:20-24, 18:19; Ex. 20:12, 14; Dt. 6:4-7; Pr. 13:24, 20:7, 22:6, 15, 29:15, 31:10-31; Ps. 1; Mt. 19:3-9, 13-15; Mal. 2:14-16, 4:6; Acts 2:38-39; Eph. 5:22-6:4; Col. 3:18-21; Is. 44:3-5.

Biblical Community

We believe in and are passionate about living in community with fellow believers. The Triune nature of God is our supreme example of spiritual community. A community of interdependent love exists between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has graciously invited us into this community of love and calls all believers to live in interdependent relationships of love with one another. Therefore, we seek to attain the oneness that Jesus prayed for His followers to have by opening our lives and homes to one another, bearing one another’s burdens, speaking the truth in love, and assisting one another toward the ultimate goal of maturity in Christ.

Scriptural Basis: Gen. 1:26-31, 2:18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:4-5; Jn. 13:34-35, 15:12-13, 17:11, 21-22; Matt. 18:15-20; Eph. 4:1-16; Gal. 6:2; Pr. 27:17; 1 Jn. 1:7; 3:17, 4:7-11; Eccl. 4:9-10; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Heb. 10:23-25; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 2 Pet. 2:4-10.

Serving Others

We believe in and are passionate about offering our time, resources, and talents to help meet the needs of others. Jesus demonstrated by word and example that those who are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven are those who serve others. This marks our attitude and approach to ministry among our brothers and sisters in the church, and toward those we serve in our surrounding communities.

Scriptural Basis: Lev. 19:18; Phil. 2:1-11; Mk. 10:35-45, 12:31; Jn. 13:5-17, 34-35, 15:12-14; James 1:27; Gal. 5:13-14, 6:2; 1 Pet. 5:5; 1 Cor. 13; Rom. 12:1-2, 10; 1 Jn. 3:17-18; 1 Thess. 3:12.

Evangelism

We believe in and are passionate about sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with those who do not know, or have yet to experience His saving grace. Jesus expects His followers to communicate the message of the Gospel to their generation. While this may be accomplished in a variety of ways, sharing a verbal witness that is supported by a faithful lifestyle is the responsibility and privilege of every believer.

Scriptural Basis: Acts 1:8, 4:18-31, 8:5, 11:21, 12:24; 26:18; Mt. 4:19, 9:37, 24:14, 28:18-20; Jn. 4:39; Gen. 3:15; Ps. 62:7; Lk. 9:60; 2 Tim. 4:5; Eph. 4:11; Rom. 1:16, 10:8-17; 1 Cor. 9:16; 1 Pet. 3:15; Col. 1:28; 2 Cor. 5:19-20.

World Missions

We believe in and are passionate about spreading the Gospel throughout all nations. Jesus left the church with clear instructions to proclaim the Good News, by beginning with those in our immediate sphere of influence and continuing further on to regions where the message has yet to be preached. As believers, we each are to play a part in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Scriptural Basis: Matt. 9:36-38, 28:18-20; Jn. 20:21; Lk. 24:46-49; Mk. 16:15-20; Acts 1:8, 13:2-4, 16:9-10; Rom. 15:18-21; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Jn. 3:16; Rev. 5:9.

Lifestyle of Worship

We believe in and are passionate about living lives that continually give the glory that is due to God alone. While Scripture specifically teaches us to set apart times for the express purpose of worshipping God, we are also taught to offer our entire lives as a sacrifice to Him as an act of worship. Worship should involve the whole person: body, emotions, intellect, and will. Worship is a lifestyle of loving obedience; therefore whatever we do, we are to do it to the glory of God.

Scriptural Basis: Col. 3:16-17; I Cor. 10:31, 14:23-25; Eph. 1:12, 5:17-20; Rom. 6:12-13, 12:1-2; Ex. 3:12; Ps. 27:4, 8, 29:2, 95:6, 99:9, 100:2; Matt. 4:8-10; 5:22-23; Jn. 4:23-24; Phil. 3:3; Rev. 4:10-11, 15:3-4, 19:10; 22:9; Is.6:1-8; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9.

The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, each possessing all the attributes of deity.

God the Father

We believe in God the Father Almighty, the first person of the Trinity, the maker of heaven and earth.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, the second person of the Trinity, who was born of the Virgin Mary, took upon Himself human flesh, and dwelt among us. At that time He did not cease to be God, but being fully God, also became fully man. He lived, ministered, performed miracles, taught of the kingdom of God, and was crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. On the third day he rose bodily from the dead, appeared to His followers, and ascended to God the Father.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is of the same essence and glory as the Father and the Son. He works to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to draw mankind to the Savior, Jesus Christ. He indwells all who are born again, empowers them for service, and transforms them into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Man

We believe that man is created in the image of God, but Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God and brought sin into the world. Since that time every person is born with a sinful nature and a tendency to sin. Humans are sinners by nature and action, are spiritually dead, and are in need of salvation.

Salvation

We believe that salvation by grace through faith is offered to mankind on account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those who repent and place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are forgiven of their sins, justified in God’s sight, and regenerated in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. Salvation begins the process of sanctification, or becoming holy as Christ is holy.

The Church

We believe that the Church is composed of all true believers for all time, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the head. The local church is a community of Christ-followers who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the Gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The Scriptures

We believe that the completed sixty-six books of the Bible are inspired by God and are without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the complete revelation of God’s will for man and the final authority for all Christian faith and life.

Eternity

We believe in the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ from heaven. The resurrection of the dead and final judgment will take place at this time. The souls of the righteous will enter into eternal life with God, and the wicked will enter into eternal death separated from God in hell. The lives of those in heaven and hell are eternal.

The word, LEAD, reflects the heartbeat of our vision.
Our vision is to see a community of Christian leaders reach their full potential to Lead people to Live to Love God and others. Leadership at River Church is focused upon equipping God’s people with the knowledge, resources, relationships, and opportunities to fulfill the ministry and calling God has on their lives. Every single person at River Church is seen as someone God created with potential and purpose to influence others for His glory. – Ephesians 4:11-13

The word, LIVE, reminds us of our mission.
The mission of River Church is The Great Commission that Christ left for His church to fulfill. Jesus has commanded us to “make disciples of all the nations.” We recognize that being a disciple is a lifestyle. As followers of Christ we are living on mission with God. Our laser sharp focus is to make disciples who make disciples who Lead people to Live to Love God and others. –Matthew 28:18-20

The word, LOVE, sums up our purpose as a church.
Our vision and mission is useless if we are not growing as a community of men, women, and children who Love God with all of our hearts and Love one another as Jesus has commanded us. The Love that God has lavished upon us simply cannot be kept to ourselves. We purpose to live in it and share it with OTHERS. – Mark 12:28-34

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