Church Vision and Beliefs

Vision of the Church

The vision of River of Life Fellowship is to meet people where they are, in order to empower them with the Gospel to reach people of the North Country and the world with the message of Jesus Christ and His love.

The Scriptures Inspired

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (1 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12).

The One True Godhead

The triune godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, Who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 1:1, 14, 1 John 5:6-8).

The Deity of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and was buried. Jesus resurrected from the dead (bodily), ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (1Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 2:18-24; John 3:16; Romans 8:30, 34).

Creation

God created man and the universe in six days. (Gen. 1)

Man. His Fall and Redemption

Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

The Salvation of Man

a) Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin and sickness, providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The Word of God is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the Dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation" (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).

b) The Evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is the life of righteousness and true holiness. "And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment" (1 John 3:23).

c) Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Resurrection of the Dead

Those that are saved will be resurrected to eternal life (Heaven) and those that are lost will be resurrected to eternal damnation (Hell) (John 5:24, 28-29, 1 Corinthians 15).

Baptism in Water

The ordinance of Baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in the newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).

The Lord's Supper

"And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the New Covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.' But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:24-25,28).

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:2-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

The Evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The full consummation the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6).

The Church

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).

Total Prosperity

a) Spiritual (John 3:3, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).

b) Mental (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).

c) Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).

d) Financial (3 John 2; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

e) Social (Proverbs 3:4).

Blessed Hope

Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to Heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1).

The Lake of Fire

Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns brimstone. This is the second death, the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 22:25, 27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21).