Riverbend’s Statement of Faith and Doctrine is a thorough document saturated with a Biblical basis for each statement included. The beginning of each major section is included here. To read the complete Statement of Faith, click here.
Section 1. The Word of God
We believe and teach that the sole and final authority for the church is the Bible, which includes all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.
Section 2. The Triune God of the Word
We believe and teach that there is one God, infinite and self-existent, who exists eternally as three distinct, yet inseparable persons known as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Section 3. God the Father
We believe and teach that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is infinite, self-existent spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.
Section 4. God the Son
We believe and teach that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Godhead, fully God, eternally of the same essence of Being as the Father, sharing the same attributes, and equal in divine nature.
Section 5. God the Holy Spirit
We believe and teach that the Holy spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-substantial with the Father and the Son, possessing all the same attributes.
Section 6. Creation and the Sovereignty of God
We believe and teach that out of nothing God spoke into creation the physical universe and all that it contains, including angelic beings, in six literal days.
Section 7. Angels
We believe and teach that angels are spirit beings created to serve and worship God and therefore are not to be worshipped.
Section 8. Man and Sin
We believe and teach that God created man (Adam) in His image and likeness, apart from any evolutionary process.
Section 9. Salvation
We believe and teach that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. The good news is that there is a Savior!
Section 10. The Church
We believe and teach that in the current era, commencing at Pentecost, Christ is building His Church. All who confess faith in Jesus Christ alone are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into this one united spiritual body.
Section 11. Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe and teach the Biblical distinction between the Gospel and the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Section 12. Christian Life
We believe and teach that believers are called to a manner of life worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
Section 13. Marriage, Gender and Sexuality
We believe and teach that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.
Section 14. Last Things (Eschatology)
We believe and teach that the study of eschatology is primarily about Jesus Christ. It is to have an ethical effect on the people of God.