our faith at the river.

  

SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. 

We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively. 

(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35)


GOD

We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. 

(Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16)


JESUS CHRIST

We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ; 

That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool. 

(John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13)


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses. 

(John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11)


THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are available to, and active in His church today. 

(John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11)


HUMANITY

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity, and worth. According to His purpose and design, God created to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family, and the local church.

(Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7)


SIN AND SALVATION

We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally. 

(Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9)


THE AFTERLIFE

We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life, 

and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt (hell). 

(Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5)


THE CHURCH

We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2:42-47)


THE RETURN OF CHRIST 

We believe in a literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth 

and for the consummation of God’s redemptive plan. 

(Jude 1:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:4)


We also believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever. 

(Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7)


"THE APOSTLE’S CREED"

"We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."