Our 5 Big Rocks are foundational statements that undergird everything we do. These Biblical foundations are non-negotiable. Our mission, vision, and specific core values are a result of our Big Rocks.
Christ-Centered (Grace Centered)
We are Christ-centered. This means we are centered on the gospel message that Jesus Christ came from heaven, took on flesh, lived a sinless life and died on a cross for our sins. This gift is offered by grace alone through faith. We put our trust (faith) in Christ’s forgiving act, and He forgives us (grace). It means that you are welcome to come to RiverValley just as you are, and we hope you find grace here. We are Christ-centered.
Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Romans 8:9-11; John 14:15; John 14:25
We believe the Bible is the Word of God given to us by God as the primary catalyst for transformation of individual lives and of the church. This includes the concept of teaching for life change and character growth. God’s word is more than ideas we only acknowledge. It must translate into how we live our daily lives.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:23-25
We believe prayer enables us to know God and His purposes so that we can be responsive to His plans. It is vital to pray frequently as individuals and as a church; to seek God and His power so that we can be more responsive to His purposes and plans.
Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 5:17; Matthew 21:13; Matthew 6:6; John 16:24; Luke 6:12; Mark 1:35-39
We believe that all believers are called to make disciples. The church accomplishes this primarily through building relationships. This important act of discipleship means coming alongside someone with the purpose of helping them grow in Christ. The church must teach believers to reach out to lost people. Lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. This belief makes it a priority to reach “the lost” with the gospel and establish them in the faith.
Luke 15; Matthew 18:14; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17; Philemon 6
We believe that a Christ-like community should be experienced, and that this happens most effectively in life groups where we help and serve each other. In a Christ-like community, people are known, accepted and encouraged, and will become open, vulnerable, and accountable. This happens best within life groups as genuine, meaningful, life-changing relationships are sustained. Our definition for Life Groups is people who gather regularly to encourage and inspire one another toward Christ-likeness.
Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47; John 17:20-23; Hebrews 10:19-25