Statement of Faith at River Corner Church

We believe life has a deeper purpose shaped by God's eternal plan. We believe in and worship God who embodies both holiness and love. This divine being is singular yet exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In life, we look to know, experience, and live rightly with God. By following Jesus, we see what God looks like and learn to live under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the scriptures. Jesus offers healing and restoration amid the hardship and human brokenness in the world around us. He calls us to live faithfully and value every life. The local church community is a place to belong as well as a place to worship, be encouraged, and be discipled as we await Jesus' return. We embrace missional lives of compassionate living. In doing so, we proclaim God’s goodness and good news. We also look to steward all that we have received and all that is in the world around us.

We believe there is more to life than this. 

God has created this life and earth with an eternal purpose for us to discover. Though we experience that fully in the eternal, we can also begin to experience God’s abundance and plan here and now as we anticipate the fulfillment of God's eternal purposes.

Ecclesiastes 3:11, Ephesians 1:9-10, Romans 8:18, Colossians 3:2, 1 Corinthians 2:9, John 17:3

We believe in God the Father. 

God exists, is knowable, and is the King of the Universe. Additionally, God is the ultimate Creator and the sustainer of all things that have been created. God infinitely loves us as a Father loves his children and can be experienced in this way.
Psalm 103:13, Isaiah 64:8, 1 John 4:8, Psalm 89:26, Matthew 6:26, Romans 8:15

We believe we are to follow Jesus. 

Only through Jesus, the Son of God, has humanity been reconciled back to its relationship with God. Through the ways, words, and works of Jesus, we see the heart and character of God the Father. We also see a way of life that we are to follow in obedience.

John 14:6, Mathew 16:24, 1 Peter 2:21, John 10:27, Luke 9:23, Romans 6:4

We are to be led by the Holy Spirit. 

In his life and ministry, Christ Jesus promised that God the Father would send the Holy Spirit to encourage, equip, empower, and guide us as it did him. Thus, as Spirit-filled people of God, we can carry on his mission, live out our faith, discern truth, collaborate with his kingdom, do the things he did, and grow in spiritual maturity through ways both ordinary and otherworldly. 

John 16:13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:25, Acts 1:8, Isaiah 30:21, Psalm 143:10

We believe the Scriptures are authoritative. 

The scriptures contain the story of God and humanity. They are God-breathed, inspired, and authoritative. They are an essential foundation for followers of Jesus. The scriptures encompass all we need to know about the heart of God, the ways of Jesus, how to know God, and how to live God’s truth and way in this world.

2 Timothy 2:16-17, Psalm 119:105, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4, Psalm 19:7, Romans 15:4

We believe humanity is broken. 

Sin and selfishness have marred the human heart. As a result, the world is full of guilt, shame, and fear. Like the world around us, our lives have brought about brokenness, pain, and sin. This has led to injustice, destruction, war, division, and more. We are aware that we are powerless to rescue and save ourselves from our brokenness.

Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-2, 1 John 1:8, Psalm 51:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 20:9

We believe God has made a way for us to be restored. 

Though brokenness and sin abound in this world, the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus have made a way for us to be restored in our relationship with God. This brings about reconciliation, salvation, and a restored relationship. 

John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Ephesians 2:4-5, Colossians 1:20, 1 Peter 3:18

We believe we are called to have faith and lives of spiritual discipline. 

In living lives of faith, we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. We believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead. We are baptized and practice spiritual discipline, living rightly, while recognizing that faith without works is dead. We grow more like Jesus by cultivating an ever-deeper relationship with God through prayer, meditation on scripture, fasting, and more.

James 2:26, James 4:8, Psalm 1:2, Matthew 6:16-18

We believe in the resurrection. 

The cornerstone of our faith is the belief that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected to life. In doing this, Jesus overthrew death and defeated the fallen evil spiritual powers that ruled this world. Thus, he proved his power and authority over everything in this life and the next and promised that we too will experience resurrection to eternal life with God. 

1 Corinthians 15:20-22, John 11:25-26, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, Romans 6:5, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 1:3

We believe God created the church. 

The church is the global and universal body of Jesus' followers. However, in its local expression, it is a community that acts together, established by God for worship, fellowship, discipleship, and practice of the Lord’s Table. It is intended to be the hands and feet of Jesus, with its members carrying out God’s mission as visible ambassadors of God's kingdom on earth. 

Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 1:22-23

We believe Jesus is coming back again. 

Someday, Jesus will return to earth in power and glory. When he does, he will complete God's redemptive plan and establish God’s eternal kingdom. In this kingdom, there will be no sorrow, pain, or death. 

John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Revelation 21:3-4, Matthew 24:30-31, Acts 1:11, 2 Peter 3:10

We believe everyone is created in the image of God. 

As bearers of God's image, every individual has inherent dignity, worth, and significance, regardless of their background, status, or circumstances. We believe in the value of every life and maintain a consistent ethic of human life. Therefore, we are called to love and respect one another, promoting life, justice, compassion, and equality for all. We recognize each person is precious to God.

Genesis 1:27, James 3:9, Galatians 3:28, Matthew 22:39, Micah 6:8, 1 John 4:7-8

We believe we are called to live a Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. 

We embody the teachings and values that Jesus exemplified in the Sermon on the Mount. Thus, we live out compassion, humility, righteousness, love for our neighbors and enemies, mercy, justice, peacemaking, and more in our communities and beyond. 

Matthew 5:3-12

We believe that we are called to embody God’s peace, healing, and restoration. 

Following Jesus's example, we are called to compassionately bring about God’s peace, healing, and restoration to individuals in the places we live, work, worship, and play. We must also do this throughout the world, embodying God's shalom, love, goodness, justice, and good news.

Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 10:8, James 5:16, Isaiah 58:6-8, Jeremiah 30:17, Mark 5:34

We believe we have been called to a life of mission and discipleship. 

Jesus has commissioned the people of God to announce, embody, and demonstrate our faith through their lives. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus has also commissioned us to make disciples of his ways, words, and works in all our spheres of influence - locally, regionally, and globally.

Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, John 20:21, 2 Timothy 2:2, 1 Corinthians 9:16

We believe we have been called to a life of stewardship. 

Recognizing that all we have belongs to God, we are called to responsibly manage and steward our lives, families, and church communities, along with the created world around us. We must care for all of God’s creation in sustainable and wise ways.

Genesis 1:28, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Luke 16:10-12, Matthew 25:14-30, 1 Peter 4:10, Psalm 24:1