Riverview Church is a church that has a “Passion for Loving God and Loving Others.” This vision comes directly out of the great commandment and informs everything we do as a church. As you become familiar with Riverview, you will notice that our desire is to follow and focus upon Jesus Christ in our worship, fellowship, witnessing, prayer, and teaching! God says that Jesus is not only the foundation of the church but also the head of the church, and that excites us!
We have identified Five Priorities that are the core values of our church. These values impact how we do every ministry of our church. These “Five Priorities” are:
We follow Christ by, first and foremost, placing our faith and trust in Him and the fact that His death on the cross paid the price for our sins. His sacrifice becomes effective in a person’s life by a life-changing faith in Him and His redemptive work. This is what Jesus refers to as being “born again.”
In response to saving faith, a believer now has a desire to serve Christ by obeying His commandment to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, as well as the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Christ’s followers are to be characterized by loving God, one another and the world.
- Our love for God is expressed in worship and demonstrated through obedience.
- Love for our fellow Christians is expressed in fellowship and demonstrated in ministry.
- Love for the world is expressed in prayer and demonstrated in evangelism.
We follow Christ by fulfilling His commission to make disciples. We must not only be Christian in character quality, but we must also follow Christ’s ministry method. Jesus focused His earthly ministry on sharing His life with a small group of followers. He then instructed His disciples to reproduce spiritually.
At Riverview, this process involves providing biblical teaching, experiences of worship, and opportunities for ministry and fellowship, all in a variety of settings. We encourage participation in the large celebration of our worship service where people can receive exhortation and experience unity. Our mid-sized congregational groups provide the best environment to build a sense of identity and to experience fellowship. Our many cell groups create an atmosphere conducive to cultivating intimacy among the participants and fostering the accountability needed for personal maturation.
We distinguish between attracting attenders and making disciples. We view our programs and preaching not as ends in themselves, or as a way to draw spectators, but as the means of equipping our members for the ministry of multiplication. While we desire to grow in breadth as well as in depth, we believe that the priority must be placed on quality and not on quantity. Numerical growth will be a natural result of the progress of our people in spiritual maturity as they respond to their training and reach out to friends.
We follow Christ’s example by upholding the authority of the Bible. Our priorities and practices are based upon the Word of God. Because we do not seek our own will, but that of the Head of our church, we measure every choice we make by scriptural principles. Our philosophy is not even slightly affected by what is politically correct, only by what is true.
We follow Christ’s example by expressing our dependence upon God in prayer. We require the leading of the Holy Spirit to discern and to successfully walk in God’s ways. We will not compromise our standing before God by exalting ourselves, either in flagrant sin, or in reliance upon the flesh. We acknowledge that God’s work cannot be done by the power of personality or program.