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Our Beliefs

We are committed to sound Biblical theology

Riverview church is part of a modern non-demoninational church movement called the Assemblies of God. Even though our church is artistically progressive, our doctrines are as traditional as they come.

Below you'll find our statement of faith to be quite similar to the vast majority of evangelical churches (which is intentional). The Assemblies of God plants a large number of churches which stylistically range from charismatic to more conservative evangelical. And even though Riverview is an ultra-contemporary and non-denominational church, we are connected to many large and notable evangelical organizations. Below is a list of a few theological essentials.

HOLY BIBLE

 

We believe that the Bible (and only the Bible) is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. The Bible, in its original writing, is both inspired and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26). 

TRINITY

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, whose attributes and perfections are worthy of precisely the same honor, worship, and obedience. (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:15-17; Philippians 2:6,).

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is both truly human and truly God. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6, II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 3:23).

VIRGIN BIRTH

Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. Yet he was also begotten of God from eternity, from before time began. Therefore, Jesus is the Son of God in a unique sense (Matthew 1:18, 20, 23; Luke 1:27-35; Isaiah 7:14).

REDEMPTION

Humanity was created morally innocent and utterly blameless, but by voluntary transgression fell. For this reason, our only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21). 

SALVATION

We are saved by grace (which is undeserved and unearned) through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; I Corinthians 15:1-4).

CHRIST’S BLOOD

Because Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, His blood shed on the cross of Calvary is 100% sufficient to cleanse us of all sins when appropriated individually through faith. Jesus willingly bore the punishment for the sins we have committed, enabling all who believe to be freed from the penalty of sin (which is death) (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 25; 5:9; John 1:29, Hebrews 9:22). 

REPENTANCE

Repentance is a commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ. Repentance is a spiritual discipline, like fasting! Through it, we maintain a clear conscience towards God, allowing us freely and personally to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Acts 2:38, 3:19). 

CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside their hearts. Because of this, we have the Holy Spirit and the Father living inside us also. Christians are those who have put their trust in what Christ accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 14:17, 23, 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).

WATER BAPTISM

After receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, the newly-born Christian is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord as an appropriate sign of his/her conversion (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 8:36-38, 10:47-48).

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is the ongoing process of being set apart for God, characterized by our yielding to God to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. A lifestyle of developing righteousness and holiness is the evidence to all men that Christ’s Spirit lives within us (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:11).

BAPTISM/FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit Baptism is the promise of the Father, given by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to supernaturally communicate the gospel throughout the whole earth (Acts 1:8, 14:3; Mark 16:20). When a believer receives the baptism in the Holy Spirit, Scriptural precedent demonstrates that the believer experiences various manifestations of the Spirit. According to the precise order appearing in the book of Acts, these are known and unknown tongues, Scripture-based prophetic experiences, and eventually, other visible outward signs as well (Acts 2:1-18, 8:14-18, 10:44-46, 19:6;  Luke 11:13). 

THE CHURCH

The Church is the Body of Christ, and the personal and corporate habitation of the Holy Spirit. It receives divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus's great commission throughout the earth. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-28; Ephesians 4:1-16).

THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord’s Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice), express in some spiritual way the very body and blood of Jesus. These elements are taken by believers in remembrance of Christ’s single sacrifice on the cross (I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25; Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:53-54; Luke 22:1-20).

HEALTH AND PROVISION

 

We believe that, as part of Christ’s work of salvation, it is the Father’s ultimate will for believers to become whole and healthy in all areas of life:

  • Spiritually (II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).

  • Mentally and Emotionally (II Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).

  • Physically (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24; Romans 8:11).

  • Financially (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).

  • Sexually (I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:3-7; Ephesians 2:1-7; Colossians 3:5-7).

These promises do not negate the experience of trials (John 16:33). And the presences of trials do not imply any sort of spiritual inferiority. These promises are merely a plan by which God receives glory and man receives wholeness - whether received in this life or the next.

HEALING OF THE SICK

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and is included in the Great Commission of Jesus to His disciples. Healing is a provision of Christ’s atonement on the cross and is given as a sign which is to follow believers (Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; III John 2; Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Mark 16:17-18).

SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a time undisclosed by Scriptures (Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30, 36;  26:63-64; I Thessalonians 4:15, 17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8).

RESURRECTION

We believe that Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. One day all believers in Christ will also be physically resurrected in glorified bodies to their reward in heaven with God (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15).

HEAVEN

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of all who believe in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:1; I Peter 1:4; Hebrews 11:16; John 17:24; Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34).

 

HELL

After living one life on earth, those who have rejected Christ will be judged justly by God and sent to Hell, where they will be eternally tormented together with the devil and the fallen angels (Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 25:41-46; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 10:33).

MARRIAGE / SEXUALITY

We believe that God has created sexual parameters for all mankind through His word (I Thessalonians 4:3-7; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5). Sexuality is to be shared in the context of holy matrimony between one man, born as a man, and one woman, born as a woman (Hebrews 13:4; I Corinthians 6:15; Romans 1:26-27; Matthew 19:4-6). God empowers all believers with the power to transform their desires to His standards (Philippians 2:13, I Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 3:7) for the ultimate purpose of joy. Accordingly, this Church, its pastors, staff, and members will not participate in same-sex unions or same-sex marriages, nor will its property or resources be used for such purposes.  Common law marriages are not recognized.

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