Empowered by the Holy Spirit, these core values bring clarity to the things that matter most at River Church. They guide how we achieve our vision, influencing major leadership decisions, as well as everyday ministry plans. They even help us navigate staffing and budget issues. In short, they keep us focused on the unique call God has given us as a local church.
Worship is a lifestyle, not just a church service!
Discipleship is to become more like Jesus.
APPLICATION OF SCRIPTURE
Teaching is for encouragement, challenge and life change.
We need to grow larger and smaller at the same time.
There is a place for everyone to volunteer on a ministry team.
We change methods, but never the message.
While all families are different, all families can be spiritually strengthened.
the poor matter to God, so they matter to us.
We are a family expecting guests.
INVEST AND INVITE
Every person matters to God.
The Bible is God's word to all people. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God has externally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, called the "Trinity".
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. The Spirit is present in the world to make humankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Christians seek to daily live in the power of the Spirit.
Humankind is made in the image and likeness of God. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates humans from God.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. We can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ, as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one believes in Jesus Christ by faith.
We are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with God is eternal life — Heaven.
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