Who We Are

We Are About: The Gospel

Most simply put, the Gospel is the good news that ‘Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.’ Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created to worship and love God with their whole hearts and lives, but they chose not to do this, and rebelled against Him. By doing so, they brought eternal punishment and spiritual death to themselves and all people who came after them. Yet the Father showed His great love by sending His Son, Jesus, to be a substitute-sacrifice on the cross for all who trust in Him. He died and then rose again to life, overcoming sin, death, and Satan, and is currently with His Father in Heaven as an advocate for His people. Jesus then sent His Holy Spirit to live in His people, giving spiritual life, forgiveness, righteousness, redemption, gifts and a new ability to glorify Him with their lives. He promised that He would come back to judge the world; and when He does, He will also fully redeem His people and they will be with Him forever.

We Are About: Our Vision

Reaching Up — Treasuring Jesus

Our first value is to ‘reach up’ with our hearts and treasure Jesus Christ. We aim at helping believers treasure Jesus above everyone & everything this world can offer. What we mean by this is that our heavenly Father, with the risen Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, is to be our greatest value. We hold that the first evidence of true followers of Jesus is that they “love the Lord (the best of all beings) with all their heart, with all their soul, with their entire mind and with all their strength” (Matthew 22:37) So, we define Christianity not just as sentiments toward God and Christ, but true love (holy affections) that we demonstrate by growing in Christ, worshiping Christ, overcoming sin and growing in loving obedience to Christ. This happens by correctly teaching believers to grow spiritually by investing their lives in the word of God, family devotions, private and public worship, Bible study, prayer, and by sharing their lives with other believers.

Reaching In — Becoming like Jesus

Our second value is to ‘reach in’ toward other believers at The River to help them become more like Jesus. What we aim to do here is to teach the people of The River to become and make disciples “…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you,” and so carry out the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20. This value is marked by two objectives: 1) to bring all believers to maturity, and 2) enable mature believers to lead others, as determined by their individual gifts. So, we endeavor to bring God’s people to a place where they are closely following Christ and are becoming more like Him in all respects. We believe this abiding relationship instills an indwelling desire that moves God’s people beyond a mere Sunday-morning, event-oriented Christianity to a single-minded, whole-life obedience marked by self-denial and a radical surrender of life to His lordship. Our passion is to grow up a generation of believers that are marked by selfless love to Christ and devotion to the Church and others. This kind of love among God’s people grows in a venue of Bible studies, family worship, small groups, prayer groups, women’s mentoring, men’s fellowship, youth discipleship, as well as giving, singing, and preaching God’s Word in corporate worship.

Reaching Out – Sharing Jesus with Others

Our third value is to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus Christ. This value is generally called evangelism, or sharing the Gospel (good news) with those who have not yet heard it. Jesus himself said; “follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). We aim at being intentional about sharing the greatest story that has ever been told as summarized in these words: “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). This means that God is determined to unleash the good news of the Gospel through His people as they share, teach, live and preach the substance of that message. We intentionally aim at doing this chiefly through Church planting, short and long-termed mission-focused projects, works of mercy, family and personal witness with unbelievers, hospitality, and Gospel-centered Bible studies. The intention is to impact the lives of other people with the love of Christ, the light of His truth, and sharing His good news as God provides opportunities to do so.
*This is a new spiritual disposition that captures not just the mind, but the whole person, with a new foundation for action. In other words, this heart is uniquely spiritual. John 3:3-6