About River of Life Church

We believe it is the privilege, of all that are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior. This assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but solely upon the testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children love, gratitude, and obedience.
(Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Cor. 5:1, 6-8; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 10:22; 1 John 5:13.)

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise, and dwells in every believer. By His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. We believe that He never takes His departure from the church, nor from the feeblest of saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ.

He is constantly seeking to fill (control) believers with Himself; that they not base His indwelling presence upon their feelings, experiences or outward manifestations over and above obedience to the Word of God.
(Matt. 7:21-23; Col. 2:18-19.)

We believe that He abiding in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His Church.
(John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22; 2 Thess. 2:7.)

We Believe the Holy Spirit is in a continual process of regenerating all believers, indwelling and anointing all that are saved, thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption, the baptizing into the one body of Christ of all who are saved; and the continued filling of power, teaching, and service of those who are yielded to Him and who are subject to His will.
(John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18; 2 Thess. 2:7; 1 John 2:20-27.)

Unity of Believers We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. Its members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth. We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this age are baptized into one body that is Christ's, whether Jews or Gentiles. Having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.
(Matt. 16:18; Acts. 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15.)

The Christian Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the flesh with its fallen, Adam nature, which in this life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly in subjection to Christ.
(Rom. 6:11; 8:2, 4, 12-13; 16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7; 3:5-9.)

The Christian's Service
We believe divine gifts are bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved for the service of the body of Christ. While there is diversity of gifts the same Spirit energizes each believer, and each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. In the apostolic church there were certain gifted men - apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers - who were appointed by God for the perfecting of the saints unto their work of the ministry. We believe also that today some men are especially called of God to be evangelists, pastors and teachers, and that it is to the fulfilling of His will and to His eternal glory that these shall be sustained and encouraged in their service for God.
(Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11.)

We believe apart from salvation, benefits which are bestowed equally upon all that believers rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for their Lord, and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after He comes to receive the church to Himself.
(1 Cor. 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2 Cor. 5:10.)