About Riverside Church

We believe that church isn’t just a building you walk into but a family you can belong to; church is wherever you are!

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word given to us. It is a true story of love and redemption. It is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. Written by human authors, inspired by God, the Bible is infallible and inerrant. Because it is inspired by God, it is the ultimate source of Truth and is relevant to our everyday life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Proverbs 30:5, Romans 16:25-26.

The Trinity

God has existed since the beginning of time. He exists as three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even though each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each have equal power and authority.
Colossians 2:2-3; 1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Deuteronomy 6:4; Hebrews 3:7-11; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:35

God the Father

God is all powerful, all-knowing, ever present, and He never changes. He is Holy and He deserves all of our trust because He is faithful to His promises. He is a loving, compassionate Father and wants a relationship with His children.
Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; Psalm 11:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17

God the Son

God loved people so much that He sent Jesus, His son, to earth to give us a visible picture of God. Jesus Christ is completely human and completely God. Born of a virgin, He lived a perfect life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all men by dying at the cross. But He didn’t stay dead! He resurrected—rose up— from death to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Because of this, we can have a relationship with God and we can live our lives with destiny and purpose.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Romans 5:8; John 3:16

God the Holy Spirit

Soon after Jesus rose from the dead, as promised by God the Father, Jesus sent
His Holy Spirit empowers the church and gives spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit
assures us of our relationship with God. He guides us into truth, comforts us, and
convicts us of sin when we get off course.

1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18;
Galatians 5:25

Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit is demonstrated through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church and confirm the power of the Gospel. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical guidelines.
Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40;
1 Peter 4:10

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension,
to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39,8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6


We were created to live forever, not just a few short years on earth. Our forever can be
spent in Heaven with God when we choose to have a relationship with Him through
His Son, Jesus. Or we can choose to reject Him and be separated from Him forever.
Heaven and Hell are real places in eternal existence.

 John 14:2-3; 1 John 2:25; Romans 6:23; Revelations 20:15


We were created in God’s image and the masterpiece of all of His creation. Every per son in humanity has dignity and value and is worthy of love and respect. God created us for a relationship with Him, but we became alienated from Him through disobedience. Each of us is born with this tendency, which is referred to as a ‘sinful nature.’ No matter how good we try to be, we can’t regain our relationship with God on our own.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23-24; Colossians 1:27


Salvation is God’s gift to us. It comes when we accept Jesus and the sacrifice that He made as a payment for our sin. Salvation comes to us when we place our life in His hands. We can’t earn it. It is a gift of God’s grace.

John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:221 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29


Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ. Through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and salvation.

Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9

The Christian Life

Obedience and the Christian life is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 4:3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11

The Church

The Church is a community of diverse people – from different races, cultures and
backgrounds – unified through faith in Jesus Christ. The Church is committed to the
teachings of Jesus, and it exists to shine the message of God’s light and hope to the
world so that everyone can know Him in a personal way. Jesus is the hope of the
world, the church is now His body that brings His hope to the world. The church is not
a building to walk into, it’s a family to belong to.

John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:16; Hebrews 12:23


Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.
Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred
bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.
Genesis 2:22-24; Proverbs 18:22; Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4

Healing of the Sick

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in
the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow
believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the

Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16;
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29

God’s Will for Provision

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. Because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth, but that fact should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10

Mental and Emotional
2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-5; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3

Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24

Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14;
Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19