River of God  
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What We Believe (Statement of Doctrine)

The River of God ministry is a group of Christian believers who  welcome all to join us in worship through service of the one true God. 

We seek to practice our faith in a simple way that honors this God  who is eternal, personal and three-in-one. There is only one eternal,  almighty and perfect God. Within the Being of this one true God exist  three eternally distinct and coequal Persons: the Father, the Son, and  the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are the one true God.

We believe there is one Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to earth from  heaven to give us an example for meaningful living, rescue us from  self-destruction through his death for our sins and give us eternal  hope through his resurrection from the dead. We believe acceptance of  Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord over our lives is the  only way to reach the God who lives forever in heaven.

We believe this great God is a gracious God whose desire is to restore  the personal relationship that He originally intended for man to have  with Him. We believe God has freely opened this path to each of us  without an expectation that man must earn his way into God's presence. We believe man and woman were made uniquely and equally in the image  of God to live in peace with God and His creation. However, we  believe man and woman failed their responsibilities by refusing to  believe God's blessing and His warning, thus making it necessary for  Jesus Christ to become the sacrifice by which the price was paid to  remove earthly and eternal consequences of man's failure and the  accompanying evil that goes with it. He who is true God became true  man, uniting two natures in one person forever. Christ lived a  perfect, sinless life, died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for  our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where He  now serves as our High Priest, our only Mediator.

We believe in a real God, a real Devil and the eternal reality that  our souls survive life on this earth to enjoy either life in heaven  with God or life in desolation away from God, depending on our choice  regarding God during life on earth. We believe this choice is the  driving force behind the lifestyle and actions we choose to practice  while living on the earth. Jesus' death on the cross provided as a  substitution atonement for the sins of humanity. In salvation we are  rescued from God's wrath by His unmerited grace alone, through faith  alone, on account of Christ alone.

We believe the Bible, comprised of Old and New Testaments, to be the  true Word of God, providing us with an understanding of God's  character and how He has demonstrated that character in the history of  mankind. We believe the Bible has proven itself over 3,000 years to  be the most consistent foundation for moral instruction and practice.  The Holy Scriptures are fully and verbally inspired by God and are  therefore infallible in the original writings and completely  trustworthy in all areas in which they speak.

We believe the church is to see itself as one church with one Head who  is Jesus Christ, gathered and united around a common faith as taught  in the Bible. We believe the people of the church are not perfect,  but still called to serve in a pattern first modeled by Jesus Christ  in his own ministry of teaching and service.