Values are what we identify as most important. In a few words, these are the things we see as most important for followers of Jesus. We believe we are called to be a family of missionary servant-learners.
- Family: Everyone matters, belongs and contributes.
- Missionaries: Everyone is called to live on mission where they live, work, play, rest, and wherever there is need.
- Servants: We all contribute, sacrifice and share.
- Learners: Everyone is meant to love God with their minds.
Statement of Common Beliefs
River of Grace holds to the ancient creeds and confessions of the church (Apostles, Athanasian, etc). We also hold the following beliefs in common. If you would like to learn more about what we believe, please reach out to one of the pastors.
We believe the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God that was written by men as they were guided by the Spirit. Holy Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and life.
We believe there is one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died for our sins and rose bodily from the grave. He ascended into heaven where he rules, reigns, and intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent by the Father and the Son, to make people conscious of sin and righteousness, to bring people new life in Christ, to lead them in holy lives, to comfort them, and to bestow upon each believer gifts for service.
We believe that in the beginning, God created the world out of nothing and that he made it good. He continues to sustain what he has made, fulfill his purposes for the world, and show forth his glory through creation.
We believe that men and women are equal and were created in the image of God to have relationship with Him and glorify Him. As image-bearers, each person is created with dignity, value, purpose, and meaning.
We believe that men and women are sinners by nature and by choice and that this sin separates us from life with God. Furthermore, every part of the good world God has made has been broken, fractured and marred because of sin.
We believe that the Gospel is the good news that life with God is made available to us through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and given to us freely by grace.
We believe that the local church is the primary means for the spread of the gospel and for building up of the body of Christ. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sacraments given to the church as means of grace.
Christian Holiness and Social Concern
We believe that Christ calls those who follow him to walk in his ways and to care about the physical and spiritual needs of those around them.
We believe in the personal, visible coming of Christ to judge the living and the dead and to fully and finally restore this broken world.