River Rock is affilaited with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, grounded in the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation.
While River Rock is relatively new, it is not new in her beliefs and practices. River Rock embraces the historic Christian faith expressed in the ecumenical creeds of the universal church - the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.
The following is a brief summary of our beliefs:
The Bible is God’s word, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In it, God reveals himself; renews our understanding of the world and ourselves and directs us in all our relationships and activities. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons that are equal in every divine perfection. They carry out distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of humans, he hears and answers prayer, and he saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus. Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
Jesus Christ is God the Father’s one and only Son and was conceived by the Holy Spirit when he became human. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in his substitutionary, atoning death for our sins, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continuing intercession for his people and personal visible return. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and came from the Father and Son to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness for all who believe in Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus, and that he is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
The Universal Church is a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and all believers are partners. We believe in the local church, consisting of believers who meet together regularly in small groups and corporately in worship services. We believe God has given the Church the privilege of giving the gospel of Jesus to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
A Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of others; their conduct should be blameless before the world; they should be faithful stewards of his possessions, and they should seek in themselves and others a deepening of their vital union with Jesus to full maturity. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1,2; John 14:15, 23, 24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9, 10
We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus to earth and the establishment of his Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15