Our Statement of Faith
Riverview is a non-denominational church under the lordship of Jesus Christ and along with the historic church, we affirm the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. This Statement of Faith expands on our core doctrinal beliefs with our particular theological distinctives. We acknowledge that while some may not embrace all of our distinctives, they will shape the ministry of our church and we commit to not being divisive over non-core issues.
Doctrine of God
We believe in one God who exists eternally in three distinct persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality with distinct roles and relationships.
Doctrine of Creation
We believe God created heaven and earth, man and woman in sinless perfection with dignity of life, in His image.
We believe the worship of God is the end for which people are created and abiding joy is only found in God through this life.
We believe Satan and demons are created beings who have fallen and are now enemies of God. Though they are presently at work in the world, in the end they are all subject to God. We believe that the preaching and propagation of the Gospel is the church’s mandate to defeat the forces of evil.
We believe marriage is an institution created by God that involves the union of one man and one woman in permanent sacred fidelity. This belief does not, however, allow for bigotry or hate, which are sinful.
Doctrine of Scripture
We believe the Bible is inspired by God, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the highest authority over all other forms of revelation.
Doctrine of Salvation
We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be passionately proclaimed to all people, so that all who believe may be saved.
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Riv's Statement on Racism
Racism is a belief, attitude, or action of the inherent superiority of one race towards other races or ethnic groups that produces prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism. Like any other sin, racism can be obvious or subtle; it can be present in human hearts, and also within the systems, institutions, and cultures of society. Since humanity is made in the image of God and bears His glory, we are to love, care for, and interact with everyone with dignity, worth, and value. Racism is sinful because it fails to act in that manner, denying or minimizing the way all people reflect God’s image. Because Jesus is this fallen world’s only and ultimate hope of reconciliation, we must proclaim the liberating power of the Gospel if there is any hope of reconciliation with our brothers and sisters. As redeemed people, we are ministers of reconciliation, strangers and exiles who lay down our lives for others, speak up for the voiceless, do good works for the sake of our neighbor, and pursue justice in the name of Jesus.
Therefore, at Riverview, we believe the church is called to participate in this redemptive work by calling out the sin of racism, proclaiming the liberating power of the Gospel, embracing diversity, and loving each person regardless of their ethnicity.