- Love for the Bible:
Using the Bible as the final authority on issues related to life and faith. (2 Timothy 3:16&17)
Consistent, authentic, intimate conversation with God about all aspects of one’s life. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Having a Heart for the World:
Compassionately and actively sharing Jesus with those who don’t know him. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Being Aggressively Teachable:
Recognizing that everyone needs to grow and going out of one’s way to do so, at the expense of self when necessary. (Psalm 1:1-6)
- Being Genuine:
Being appropriately open and transparent with God and others. (James 5:16)
- Living a Lifestyle of Worship:
Loving God with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Promoting Community:
Seeing the value of Christ-centered friendships and pursuing connectedness with the larger body of Christ. (Romans 12:3-8)
- Financial Generosity:
Using the money God has entrusted one to further His purposes. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
The two main avenues we encourage people to use to help them grow as sacrificial followers of Jesus are our Weekend Services and Life Groups.
The primary gathering for Riv’s people is the weekend service. We’re a multi-site church, meeting in different venues around the greater Lansing area. It’s at these venues that many people first encounter the concept of becoming sacrificial Followers of Jesus.
A Life Group is one of the best ways to connect with others. Take it from the wisest man on earth, who said, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Three are even better, for a chord of three strands is not easily broken.” - Solomon in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Living interconnected lives in a way that fosters spiritual progress is vitally important for everyone who desires to follow Christ. And since the kind of life-connections we need normally don’t happen casually, we need to be intentional about creating an environment where we can do life together in a meaningful way. Living life “in community” means being a part of something that matters, having face-to-face interaction with others, knowing others, and being known.