River City Grace

Who We Are : Statement of Faith

 

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Bible – The Holy Scriptures

We believe and teach that the Bible is the Word of God, the sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts (plenary), therefore, wholly without error (inerrant), as originally given of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

The One True God

We believe and teach that God exists eternally as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; 2 Corinthians 13:14). He is the infinite, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence and nature, worthy of all worship, trust, and obedience.

The Holy Spirit

We believe and teach in the personality of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-15), His deity (Acts 5:34), and His work in each believer: baptizing and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9), and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe and teach in the preexistence and deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:13), His incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:1-14; Matthew 1:18-23), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), His substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), His ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16), and His coming again (Acts 1:11).

Man

We believe and teach that man is the direct creation of God, being made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), that he subsequently fell into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and that the new birth is necessary for his salvation (John 3:35).

Salvation

We believe and teach that salvation is by God’ grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Church

We believe and teach that there is one true church, the body and the bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for worldwide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).

The Christian Life

We believe and teach that true believers must exhibit a life of unceasing righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:12), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Corinthians 6:18), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christlike attitude toward all men (Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the Elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).

The Ordinances

We believe and teach that Christians are commanded to observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are baptism and communion. We believe in water baptism by immersion and practice the triune form (Matthew 28:19), baptizing once each in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We participate in the communion of the bread and the cup in commemoration and proclamation of our Lord’s death until He comes, in the living hope of His presence among believers through His resurrection (Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Angels and Satan

We believe and teach in the existence of angels, both holy (spirit beings who worship and serve God – Hebrews 1:6-7, 2:6-7), and fallen (spirit beings who oppose God – Revelation 12:1-14). We believe and teach that Satan is the chief of the fallen angels, and as the great adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10), is under God’s judgment (John 12:31), and will finally be doomed (Revelation 20:10).

Second Coming of Christ

We believe and teach in the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), before the tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:6).

The Future Life

We believe and teach in the conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23p; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

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Last update: December 9, 2014

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