About River of Life Church

ELECTION
We believe that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies
(Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-2:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1,2).

We believe also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our place. That no repentance, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, can add in the very least degree to the value of the blood. Nor to the merit of the finished work wrought for use by Him who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity.
(Lev. 17:11; Isa 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom 5:6-9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, 23.)

We believe that Sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord
(Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18,19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22,23; 2 Thess. 2:10-12; Rev. 22:17).

Nevertheless, since sovereign Grace includes the MEANS of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Him will come in faith and all that come in faith the Father will receive
(John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).

The unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own. Nor to God's anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy!
(Ephesians 1:4-2:10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2)

SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting-apart unto God, is threefold: It is already complete for every saved person because his/her position toward God is the same as Christ's position. Since the believer is in Christ, he/she is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart unto God.

We believe, however, that he/she retains the potential to choose to sin based upon the principle of sin which resides in the body, which cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, while the standing of the Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life. There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification wherein the Christian is to "grow in grace" and to "be changed" by the unhindered power of the Spirit. We believe also, that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in this standing in Christ when he shall see his Lord and shall be "like Him."
(John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Romans 7:17-23; Eph. 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:10.)

ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, God's freedom to exercise grace, the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, the regenerating, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever.

However, this security is by no means a license, permission, excuse or reason to continue in sin. We believe that God is a holy and righteous Father, and since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, chasten them and correct them in infinite love. But, at the same time keeping them forever, apart from all human merit, because He who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son.
(John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 6:19; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; Jude 24; Romans 6:1-23; Hebrews 12:5-11; Ps. 32:1-5; 1 Cor. 5:1-8.)