At Riverside Church you will find a group of people committed to the following values:
- authentic relationships
From small groups and larger gatherings of every kind for every age, Riverside is about real people who value one another, worship the Lord in unity, and grow together in Christ.
- biblical christianity
Riverside places high value and priority on spiritual life, worship, and services as defined by the Word of God, revealed through the life and teachings of Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Religion is replaced by a personal relationship with a living, loving God, and His Word lights our path.
- empowered believers
At Riverside, we believe God transforms lives for a purpose. We seek to help God’s people discover and use their gifts, talents, and dreams for the glory of God and the benefit of the community.
- a heart for the broken
The bible says, “A bruised reed He will not bend, and a smoking flax He will not quench.” We have a special place in our heart and the ministries of our Church for the broken and hurting in our community. Riverside is a safe place to find the grace and healing that only Jesus can give.
- a passion for the world
God is not willing that anyone should perish and so Riverside is invested in the Great Commission – giving, praying, going and sending missionaries with the message of the Gospel of Jesus to the uttermost parts of the Earth.
- The Scriptures are inspired by God
- There is only one true God
- In the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
- Man willingly fell to sin
- Every person can have restored fellowship with God through “salvation”
- In water baptism by immersion and holy communion
- In the baptism in the Holy Spirit and is a special experience following salvation
- The initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is “speaking in tongues”
- Sanctification initially occurs at salvation
- The church has a mission
- A divinely called and scriptually ordained leadership serves the church
- Divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christians today
- In the Blessed Hope – When Jesus raptures His church prior to His return to earth
- In the millennial reign of Christ
- A final judgement will take place
- In a new heaven and a new earth
have you been a christian for awhile?
One of the things people look for as they consider a church is how we approach the Word of God. What role does it play in our lives? When you and I look at the scriptures, we come to it with a bias. A set of preconceived assumptions about what it says, and how the Bible should be interpreted. This is normal. Every group of Christians has them – Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists…We all have “lenses.” What do the “lenses” of a Pentecostal Church look like?
here are six ways that being pentecostal believers affects the way we interpret the Word of God:
- For the Pentecostal, scripture is not an object that we study, it is the living Word of God, the Holy Spirit uses the Word to lead us, convict us, teach us – we cannot program it, it’s not a human system of thinking, rather, God through His word speaks to us.
- For Pentecostals, the goal of Bible study is not simply a deeper understanding of information, but a transformation of our lives, our will, and character. Understanding the Bible is demonstrated by the fact that we live differently than we used to live before we found Christ.
- For us, the scriptures can be studied and known by every believer in order that every Christian life would bear fruit. We believe in a priesthood of believers (this idea comes from Paul’s writings, especially in Romans, also from Hebrews and was made a part of Protestant theology by Martin Luther). Every believer has direct access to God, we do not rely on a mediator to tell us what the Word of God says, we can read it ourselves and God can speak to us as individual believers.
- Pentecostals believe that the truth we teach must bear witness with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Word and the gifts are given to all of us – no one person has the corner on all truth.
- Pentecostals believe that the goal of Bible study is knowledge of God, not simply knowing about God. We believe in the priority of the experiential knowledge of God.
- Pentecostals believe that the same God who acted and spoke in Bible History is the God who acts and speaks today.