What we Believe
At River of Life we believe and build on these theological truths :
Bible: We believe that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament in their original writing are fully inspired by God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
Trinity: We believe in the sovereignty of the one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Sin: We believe that human beings, though created in the image of God, are sinful, guilty, and lost without Christ.
Deity of Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ, as begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, is true God and true man.
Cross: We believe that on the cross Jesus Christ became sin for us, was judged by God and died in our place.
Resurrection: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present ministry as our High Priest and advocate with the Father.
Salvation: We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. We believe that other religions and ideologies are not alternative paths to God, and that human spirituality, if unredeemed by Christ, does not lead to God but to judgement and damnation, for Christ is the only Way.
Holy Spirit: We believe in the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the importance of each believer being filled with the Holy Spirit by which believers are empowered and equipped for service.
Heaven and Hell: We believe in the resurrection both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.
The Church: We believe that the local church should be the expression of the one true and universal Church and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of faith in Christ are essentials of Church membership. We desire to fellowship and work with other ministries and congregations of like profession of faith for the spreading of the gospel and equipping of the Saints.
Second Coming: We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
Communion: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems, which symbolise the broken body and shed blood of Christ, in remembrance of His sacrificial death until He comes. We aim to take it every couple of months on Sundays, and more regularly in Life Groups. We increasingly find that small groups are the best forum for a meaningful communion.
Water Baptism: We believe that in accordance with the command and example of Christ, water baptism should follow repentance. We believe that water baptism is the external sign of an internal work.