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Everything that we do at the River will be centered around Christ. Our worship will be Christ centered, our Preaching/Teaching will be Christ centered, our outreach will be Christ centered, our fellowship will be Christ centered.
- Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Romans 13:14, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10)
Obedient to Scripture.
At the River this a cornerstone to true Christian living. We cannot call ourselves Christians and then live a life that is separate from the word of God. We must be obedient to the word of God. Too many times we operate in opinion and tradition and not the word of God. The scripture will guide every decision from finance, outreach, future expansion and so on. The word of God will guide our education department as the chief textbook, everything that we teach/preach will be measured to the word of God and not the opinion of man.
- James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (Isaiah 1:19, 1st Samuel 15:22, 2nd Corinthians 2:9)
We live in a world where no one takes time to love their neighbors or their brothers and sisters in Christ. At the River, we will be a church that is relational to one another and to those who visit our church. We will also show the love of Christ outside our walls and shine His light in a Dark world. To be relational you must be willing to have fellowship with others, which means doing life together. Fellowship is more than just a meal together; it is living life out together. Living through the good, the bad, and the ugly. True fellowship means we will be there no matter the situation.
- Mark 2:3-4 “And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.” 4 “And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.” (1st Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 27:17, 1st John 1:7)
At the River we will be a church that edifies one another. We will edify with our words, actions, and in doing so we will show the love of Christ. The word edify in its simplest form means to build up, but when you take a more in-depth look at the word you realize that the true meaning is…One who promotes the growth of another. It is our scriptural duty to promote the growth of all believers in Christ. We do not have a right of spiritual arrogance and pride; we have a duty of promotion.
- Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (1st Corinthians 10:23, 1st Thessalonians 5:11)