What We Believe

Our Vision

"Let's see what God can do!" We are on an adventure to be part of what God is doing to change his world.

Our Mission

We want people to come to Jesus, grow in Jesus, and bring others to Jesus. Matthew 28:18

Our Values

Jesus – He changes everything.
Grace – we are a grace place (everyone needs space).
Love – we go first (because you count).
Family – we don't do life alone (you belong).
Growth- Growing people are changed people.
Outreach – found people find people (others need to hear).

Statement of Faith

If you want to know more about Riverside Church, we invite you to participate in our Welcome to Riverside classes meeting every month. There, you will hear our vision, practices, and beliefs in more detail.

God

There is one God. That God exists eternally, past, present, and future. He has manifested himself to us in three persons described by the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–who are united in essence and co-equal.

Jesus

We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a horrible death on the cross but then rose victoriously from the dead, and now is the Lord with all authority in heaven and on Earth given to him. Jesus is who He said He was.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit. He is our guide, our teacher, our gifter, the one who empowers us, and the one who applies all of God's riches to our lives. Only the Holy Spirit can change the human heart, and therefore we constantly pray that his presence would be amongst us.
The Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three persons and yet one God. We call this the Trinity.

The Bible

We believe that what the Bible says is true because it is God's Word and can be trusted. The Bible plays a central role in everything we do and everything we are. It needs no revisions, and nothing is being added to it. It stands alone as God's word to us.

Salvation

We believe that when a person encounters Jesus Christ and surrenders to Him, they are born-again and made a new person in Jesus Christ. The encounter with Jesus will involve repentance, turning away from sin, and believing in Jesus by surrendering to his Lordship. At that moment, all of heaven rejoices, and that person becomes part of the family of God. It is a supernatural work crafted by God Himself.

Grace

We believe in grace; grace is when God gives you what you don't deserve! We believe in grace that goes deeper than your deepest sin, so vast that it encompasses every event of your life and so long that it will take you through life. We believe in giving this kind of grace to people.

The Church

We believe that the church is God's greatest instrument and his only plan on this Earth to communicate his great salvation. Jesus loves the church, is building the church, and will come back for his church. The church is made up of every Jesus follower with a salvation experience. We freely fellowship with all Jesus' followers everywhere. We believe Jesus is coming back, and though we don't know all the details, we know that it will be a great day!

We believe that God has a purpose for your life written down before you were even born. His purpose and will for your life are good, acceptable, and perfect. Living outside of his will is only frustrating, defeating, and empty.