What We Believe

River of Life Community Church stands firmly in the center of orthodox Christian teaching. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel we have come to a number of convictions concerning the clear teaching of the Bible. At the same time, we have not included in our statement of faith much that can be legitimately debated by orthodox Christians. In other words, we do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive. On the spectrum of Christian churches:

                                           We are orthodox.
                                           We are evangelical.
                                           We are empowered evangelicals.

Our Statement of Faith reads:

I confess my affirmation of the Apostle's, Nicene, and Chalcedonian Creeds, which I believe to reflect Christian orthodoxy and the clear teaching of Holy Scripture. In addition, as a member of River of Life Community Church of Hudson, Ohio, I make the following confession of faith my own:

I believe in one living and true God, the Creator and Lord of the heavens and the earth. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, equal in power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

I believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, yet one Messiah, the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.

I believe that Jesus Christ came down from heaven, was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father, and was crucified for my sins. He suffered, died, and was buried, and He rose bodily from the dead on the third day. As the God-man, Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His people. At His first coming, Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry every believer in Jesus Christ. He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide.

I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.

I believe that I, along with all men and women, am a sinner by nature and choice and was under condemnation. I am now accounted righteous before God only by the merit of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through faith in Him alone, and not by my own works or deserving.

I believe that I have been born again by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. This same Holy Spirit now lives in me, producing faith, holiness, love and power.

I believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, without error, in all that they affirm, and as the only infallible rule for my faith and practice.

I believe that the church is intended by God to be a worshiping community of believers, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His law, exercising the gifts, privileges and discipline invested in the church by His Word and His Holy Spirit, and seeking to extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

I believe Christ committed two ordinances to the church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. I believe water baptism is available to all Christian believers following a clear profession of Christian faith. I believe that the Lord's Supper is open to all believers.  Through the working of the Holy Spirit, the Lord's Supper nourishes my soul. It brings to my remembrance the sacrifice of Christ for my sins, my communion with Christ and the church and my obligation to persevere in faith and holiness to the end of my life.

I believe in the personal, visible, appearing of Christ to earth and the consummation of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

River of Life Community Church Statement of Faith

 God the King and the Holy Trinity
WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal1 King2. He is an infinite3, unchangeable4 Spirit5, perfect6 in holiness7, wisdom8, goodness9, justice10, power11 and love12. From all eternity13 He exists as the One14 Living15 and True16 God in three persons17 of one substance18, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit19, equal in power and glory20.

 God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom is everlasting21. From His throne22, through His Son, His eternal Word23, God created24, upholds25 and governs26 all that exists27: the heavenly places28, the angelic hosts29, the universe30, the earth31, every living thing32 and mankind33. God created all things very
 Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him35. He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a usurper of God’s rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness36 and evil on the earth37.

 The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall and the Doctrine of Original Sin
WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and female38, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth39.  Under the temptation of Satan40, our original parents fell from grace41, bringing sin42, sickness43 and God’s judgment of death to the earth44. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God’s good creation45. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin46. Human beings are born in sin47, subject to God’s  judgment of death48 and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness49.

 God’s Providence
WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth50 which He continues to uphold by His providence51. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants52 which revealed His grace to sinful people53. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through

 God’s Kingdom Law
WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage in Egypt55 and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it56.  The law’s purpose is to order our fallen race57 and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility58.  By the work of God’s Spirit59, it convicts us of our sin60 and God’s righteous judgment against us61 and brings us to Christ alone for salvation62.

 God’s Covenants
WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God’s rule over her as King63, God established the monarchy in Israel64 and made an unconditional covenant with David65, promising that his heir would restore God’s kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever66.

 Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time67, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation68 by sending His Son69, Jesus, into the world70. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary71, as fully God and fully man in one person72, He is humanity as God
intended us to be73. Jesus was anointed as God’s Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit74, inaugurating God’s kingdom reign on earth75, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation76, preaching the good news of salvation77, healing the sick78, casting out demons79 and raising the dead80. Gathering His disciples81, He reconstituted God’s people82 as His Church83 to be the instrument of His kingdom84. After dying for the sins of the world85, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day86, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham87. In His sinless, perfect life88 Jesus met the demands of the law89 and in His atoning death on the cross90, He took God’s judgment for sin91 which we deserve as law-breakers92. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers93. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house94, His Messianic ministry95, His glorious resurrection from the dead96, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father97. As God’s Son and David’s heir98, He is the eternal Messiah-King99, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today100.

 The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power101, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ102 and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them103. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us104 for spiritual worship105, personal sanctification106, building up the Church107, gifting us for ministry108, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world109 through proclaiming the word of Jesus110 and doing the works of Jesus111.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ112 and that He is our abiding Helper113, Teacher114, and Guide115. We believe in the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit116, often a conscious experience117, for ministry today118. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit119 and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit120. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit121, for healing122, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church123.

 The Sufficiency of Scripture
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture124 so that the Bible is without error125 in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments126 as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith127 and practice128.

 The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan129 and that all people are sinners by nature130 and choice131. All people therefore are under God’s just judgment132. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God133 and the work of the Holy Spirit 134, God regenerates135, justifies136, adopts137 and sanctifies138 through Jesus by the Spirit139 all who repent of their sins140 and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord141 and Savior142. By this they are released from Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign143.

 The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
WE BELIEVE in the one144, holy145, universal Church146. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit147 and form the living Body of Christ 148, of which He is the head149 and of which we are all members150.

 Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism151 and the Lord’s Supper152. Both are available to all believers.

 The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment
WE BELIEVE that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ153, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church154, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ155 - His return to the earth as King156. After Christ returns to reign157, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works158, the resurrection of the dead159, the final Judgment160 and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked161. Finally, God will be all in all162 and His kingdom, His rule and reign163, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth164, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells165 and in which He will forever be worshipped166.

Scripture References

God the King and the Holy Trinity
  1.  Deuteronomy 33:27/Romans 1:20
  2.  Psalms 95:3/Isaiah 43:15
  3.  Psalms 143:5/Job 11:7-9
  4.  James 1:17
  5.  John 4:24
  6.  Matthew 5:48
  7.  Isaiah 6:3/1 Peter 1:15-16
  8.  Psalm 104:24/Proverbs 2:6/Isaiah 28:29
  9.  Exodus 33:19/Psalm 63:2/Psalm 31:19
10.  Psalm 33:5/Psalm 89:14/Isaiah 30:18
11.  Exodus 15:6
12.  1 John 4:8
13.  Isaiah 43:13
14.  Isaiah 45:5/I Corinthians 8:4
15.  Psalm 42:2/Psalm 84:2
16.  Jeremiah 10:10
17.  John 1:18/John 10:30/John 14:9/John 14:16-17/John 14:26/John 15:26/II Corinthians 3:17-18
18.  John 1:1/John 1:14/II Corinthians 3:17
19.  Matthew 28:19-20/II Corinthians 13:14/Revelation 1:4
20.  Revelation 5:13/Ephesians 3:14-21

God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
21.  Psalm 45:6/Psalm 145:13/Daniel 4:3
22.  Psalm 93:1-2
23.  John 1:1-3/I Corinthians 8:6/Colossians 1:15-16/Hebrews 1:1-2
24.  Genesis 1:1/Psalm 95:3-5
25.  Colossians 1:17/Hebrews 1:3
26.  Psalm 103:19/Psalm 104:24-29
27.  Psalm 96:4-6
28.  Psalm 89:11
29.  Psalm 103:20-21
30.  Colossians 1:16-17
31.  Psalm 104:5
32.  Psalm 103:22
33.  Psalm 22:28/Psalm 47:8
34.  Genesis 1:31

Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
35.  Revelation 12:7-9
36.  II Corinthians 11:14/Colossians 1:13-14/Ephesians 6:12
37.  Mark 3:22-26/Ephesians 2:1-2/I John 5:19
The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall and The Doctrine of Original Sin
38.  Genesis 1:26-27
39.  Genesis 1:26
40.  Genesis 3:1/Revelation 12:9
41.  Genesis 3:8/Romans 1:21/Romans 5:16
42.  Romans 5:12
43.  John 5:14
44.  I Corinthians 15:22
45.  John 8:44/I John 5:19
46.  Romans 8:20-23
47.  Psalm 51:5
48.  Ezekiel 18:4/Romans 2:5/Romans 2:2/Hebrews 9:27
49.  Galatians 1:3-5/Galatians 4:8-9/Colossians 1:13

God’s Providence
50.  Psalm 24:1/Psalm 96:10
51.  Isaiah 40:22/Hebrews 1:3
52.  Romans 9:4
53.  Ephesians 2:12
54.  Genesis 17:3-8/Genesis 12:2-3/Genesis 15:4-6/Romans 4:3-5/Romans 4:16/Romans 4:20-
       25/Galatians 3:6-9/Galatians 3:13-14

God’s Kingdom Law
55.  Exodus 15:3-18
56.  Exodus 19:3-6/Exodus 24:3-4/Exodus 24:7/Romans 8:3-4/Romans 8:12-14
57.  Deuteronomy 5:1-3/Deuteronomy 30:15-18/Galatians 3:23-25
58.  Psalm 25:8-10/Romans 7:7
59.  John 15:26/John 16:8-11/II Corinthians 3:14-17  
60.  Romans 7:13/Galatians 3:19/Galatians 3:21-22
61.  Romans 2:1-11
62.  Galatians 3:24/Philippians 3:8-9

God’s Covenants
63.  I Samuel 8:6-8
64.  I Samuel 8:21-22/I Samuel 9:15-16/I Samuel 10:1/I Samuel 10:24  
65.  2 Samuel 7:11-16/Psalm 89:34-37
66.  Isaiah 9:6-7/Isaiah 11:1-5/Jeremiah 23:5-6/Ezekiel 34:23

Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
67.  Mark 1:15/Galatians 4:4
68.  Romans 1:2-4
69.  John 1:14
70.  John 1:17-18
71.  Luke 1:30-35
72.  John 1:14/Philippians 2:5-7
73.  Romans 5:19/I Corinthians 15:22/I Peter 2:22/II Corinthians 5:21/Romans 8:29
74.  Luke 3:21-22/Luke 4:16-21
75.  Mark 1:14-15/Luke 11:20/Luke 17:20-21
76.  Luke 4:1-13
77.  Luke 4:43
78.  Luke 4:40
79.  Luke 4:41
80.  Luke 7:14-17
81.  Mark 1:16-17
82.  Mark 3:13-15
83.  Matthew 16:18/Luke 9:1-2/Luke 10:1-17
84.  Luke 9:1-2/Luke 10:1-17
85.  John 1:29/John 6:51/John 4:9-10
86.  Mark 8:31/I Corinthians 15:3-5
87.  Galatians 3:13-14
88.  Acts 3:14-15/Hebrews 4:15
89.  Romans 5:18-19
90.  I Peter 2:24
91.  Galatians 3:13/II Corinthians 5:21
92.  Romans 1:18/Romans 1:32/Romans 2:12/II Thessalonians 1:6-10
93.  Colossians 2:13-15
94.  Matthew 1:1
95.  Luke 1:68-72/Luke 2:10-11/Matthew 9:27
96.  Acts 2:24-28
97.  Acts 2:29-36
98.  Romans 1:1-4
99.  Hebrews 1:1-3
100. I Corinthians 15:24-26/Ephesians 1:19-23/Revelation 5:5

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
101.  Acts 1:8/Acts 2:1-4
102.  I Corinthians 12:13
103.  I Corinthians 12:4-7
104.  John 14:16-17
105.  Romans 12:1/Ephesians 5:18-20
106.  Romans 8:3-4
107.  I Corinthians 14:12/I Corinthians 14:26
108.  Romans 12:4-6
109.  Luke 11:20/I John 3:8
110.  Ephesians 6:10-20
111.  John 14:12-13/Romans 15:18-19/I Corinthians 4:20
112.  Romans 8:9-10
113.  John 16:7
114.  John 14:26
115.  John 16:13-15/Romans 8:14
116.  Luke 24:49/Acts 4:31
117.  Acts 8:18-19/Acts 19:1-2
118.  I Corinthians 2:4-5/II Corinthians 4:7/II Corinthians 6:4-7
119.  Joel 2:28-29/Acts 2:15-17
120.  I Corinthians 12:7-11/I Corinthians 14:1/I Corinthians 14:5/I Thessalonians 5:19-21
121.  Acts 8:14-17/Acts 19:6
122.  Mark 1:41/Luke 6:18-19/Mark 16:18
123.  Acts 13:1-3/I Timothy 4:14/II Timothy 1:6

The Sufficiency of Scripture
124.  II Timothy 3:16-17/II Peter 1:20-21/I Corinthians 2:12-13/John 14:26
125.  Psalm 19:7-9/Psalm 119:11/Psalm 119:30/Psalm 119:43/Psalm 119:89/Matthew 5:17-18/
        John 3:34/John 10:35/I Thessalonians 2:13/Revelation 22:6
126.  Luke 24:44/II Peter 3:15-16/Revelation 22:18-19
127.  Isaiah 40:8/Matthew 24:35
128.  Matthew 7:21/Matthew 7:24/Luke 1:38/James 1:22-25

The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
129.  Luke 4:5-7/I John 5:19
130.  I Corinthians 15:22/Ephesians 2:1-3
131.  Romans 1:21-23/Romans 1:32
132.  Romans 1:18/Romans 2:5/II Corinthians 5:10/Ephesians 5:6
133.  Mark 1:14-15/Acts 8:12/Acts 28:31/Ephesians 5:5
134.  John 16:7-11
135.  John 3:5-8
136.  I Peter 1:23
137.  Romans 5:1-2/Romans 5:9
138.  Romans 8:15/Galatians 4:6
139.  Ephesians 5:25/Hebrews 13:12/I Peter 1:1-2
140.  Acts 2:38
141.  Romans 10:9
142.  I John 4:13-15
143.  Colossians 1:13-14/Philippians 3:20

The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
144.  John 17:20-21/Ephesians 4:3-6
145.  I Corinthians 3:16-17
146.  Matthew 16:17-18/I Corinthians 1:2/Ephesians 2:18-19/I Peter 2:9-10
147.  Titus 3:4-7
148.  Romans 12:4-5
149.  Ephesians 1:22/Ephesians 5:23
150.  I Corinthians 12:27

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
151.  Matthew 28:19-20
152.  I Corinthians 11:23-26

The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment
153.  Daniel 7:13-14/Matthew 4:23/Matthew 12:28
154.  Matthew 6:10/Matthew 10:7-8/Matthew 24:14/Mark 13:11/John 15:26-27/Romans 14:17-18
155.  Mark 13:26/Acts 1:9-11/II Thessalonians 2:8
156.  Revelation 19:11-16
157.  Matthew 25:31-32/I Corinthians 15:23-25
158.  Revelation 20:10
159.  I Corinthians 15:51-52
160.  John 5:28-30/Revelation 20:11-15
161.  Matthew 25:31-46
162.  I Corinthians 15:24-48
163.  I Timothy 6:13-16
164.  II Peter 3:13/Revelation 21:5
165.  Revelation 21:27
166.  I Timothy 1:17/Revelation 7:9-12

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