River is a community committed to loving, knowing, and following God, and we believe the only way to do this is to pursue a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that God calls us to experience His reality in every aspect of our lives, which brings purpose to our lives and life to our relationships. We desire to be salt and light in our city, and to be a bridge to the culture in order to share the new life that Christ brings.
Our church holds to the Baptist Faith and Message as a concise and accurate description of what we believe. Within our church there is diversity on theological positions not outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message. Below you will find highlights of some of our beliefs. You can read the entire Baptist Faith and Message online
The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin but given freedom of choice by God. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the world.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus.
in the Ministry
1 Peter 4:10-11
1 Corinthians 12:12, 18-20, 27
River is God’s ministry, and He arranges the ministers as He wants.
If River is where God wants you, He has a role for you to play here.
Open & Honest Life
Our aim is to be known authentically by others. If we are having a great day, then we tell people we are having a great day. If it has been a rough day, then we want to be honest about that.
Our assumption is that we will sin and offend one another. Our commitment is to maintain clear relationships by asking for forgiveness and seeking reconciliation when we sin against others.
Put the Success
of Others Above Your Own
Let’s face it… we can all be selfish at times. Our aim is to become more like Jesus. He laid down his life for others. We know we won’t do this perfectly but our aim is to continually grow in thinking of the needs of others.
Submit to Leadership
Within Biblical Limits
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
This does not mean that we follow leaders blindly. We do want to work to make our leader’s jobs a joy and not a burden. One way to do this is by asking the question, “What can I do to make my leader successful?”
Support the Work
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
1 Timothy 5:17-18
Most people get a little antsy when a church mentions money. Take a breath, there will be no arm twisting here. Your heart will always follow your investment. Supporting your church financially is how your heart for the church grows.
Give and Receive
Matthew 18:15, Hebrews 3:12-13
Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:15
We all get off track from time to time. We have blindspots in our lives. God has given us friends in the church to gently help others get back on track and stay on track in their life with God.