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New River Fellowship Church

Vision/Beliefs

Vision/Beliefs

Vision & Values

  1. We are faith-filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm, risk takers. We’ll never insult God with small thinking and safe living.
  2. We are all about the “capital C” Church! The local Church is the hope of the world and we know we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart.
  3. We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers. The church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world.
  4. We give up things we love for things we love even more. It’s an honor to sacrifice for Christ and His church.
  5. We will do anything necessary to reach people who don’t know Christ. In order to reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing.
  6. We will lead the way with irrational generosity. We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  7. We will laugh hard, loud and often. Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you love!
  8. We will be known for what we are for, not what we’re against.
  9. We always bring our best. Excellence honors God and inspires people.
  10. The only constant in our ministry is change. God is always doing a new thing. Why we do what we do never changes. How we do it must change.
  11. We don’t recruit volunteers; we release leaders. Volunteers do good things but leaders change the world.
  12. We’re living in the “good old days.” We’re thankful for God’s blessings today and expect even more tomorrow.
  13. We will be a church that respects, honors, and walks in authority.  Everyone needs a covering.

 

Essential Truths That We Believe

The Bible is the Word of God

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority and we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading and Bible study. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit and will return to earth to consummate history.


You must be Born Again

“When anyone becomes a Christian he becomes a new person inside. The old passes away, a new life has begun.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 LB

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they denied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.


Baptism

Baptism is identifying with Jesus’ death. In Colossians 2:11-12, “...putting off the sinful nature...having been buried with Christ in baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”Who should be baptized? Every believer who follows Jesus. Jesus commands it – Matthew 28:19-20; Jesus was baptized – Mark 1:9-11; Victory over sin – Romans 6:1-9 How? By immersion (Jesus was immersed in Matthew 3:13-17)

When should a person be baptized? After you have received Christ as Lord and Savior – Acts 18:8

 

Believers can be Spirit-Filled and Spirit-Led

“...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you...” Acts 1:8

 “...be filled with the Holy Spirit” Ephesians 5:18

 We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right. 

 

Statement Of Faith

About God the Father
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God The Father sent His son Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of man. The Father is the covenant maker and keeper.
Deuteronomy 32:6; Matthew 6:9; Matthew 7:11 John 5:26; Acts 1:7; Romans 1:7; Ephesians 4:6
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will re-turn again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11 Romans 1:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15 Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved and every New Testament spiritual gift is fully operational today. As Christians, we seek to live under the daily control of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:1
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. People are body, soul and spirit. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23
About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5  
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. Every true believer is a “new creation” and will demonstrate the fruit of salvation.
John 10:29; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18