Our Mission

We want to see many become fully alive in vital union with Jesus by:


Making more and better disciples


In missional community


For the renewal of the world

Affirmations


River Rock believes the Life Signs of Passion, Connecting and Renewal are at the core of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and his image bearers to the world. We have identified 18 Affirmations (six for each Life Sign) that seek to promote and nurture these Life Signs and further our mission in our particular place and time in history. These affirmations give a clearer picture of what we are striving to be and do at River Rock. The affirmation itself is underlined.

Passion

Because we exist to glorify God by delighting in Him, we are committed to meeting for worship regularly and learning to see work, play, education, child-rearing, involvement with local and world politics, (i.e. all of life) as acts of worship.


Because prayer shapes the future, we will weave prayer through the entire ministry fabric at River Rock. We will model prayer and create opportunities for people to grow in their prayer life and intercede on behalf of River Rock. River Rock will strive to be known as a house of prayer, not just as a church that prays.


Because the anointed preaching and teaching of the Gospel is the primary catalyst for God’s grand mission, we will preach passionately and consistently. We will encourage weekly attendance at worship services, participation in small groups and individual training in the gospel of Jesus.


Because consistently engaging scripture is the key to knowing God, we will consistently and continually teach, pray and create opportunities for people to learn to read the Bible as the primary means of discovering truth and hearing from God.


Because faithful stewardship glorifies God, we invite everyone to tithe generously and to prayerfully evaluate their current use of all their resources. We will provide ongoing assistance on financial wellness through the leadership team.


Because we spread a passion for God through intentional life-giving relationships, dinner parties, informal get-togethers for conversation and Sabbath celebrations will be supported and encouraged as a vital ministry of River Rock. We will create opportunities for people to engage with each other and bring friends to witness people in vital union with Jesus.

Connecting

Because all people matter to God and to us, we will spend a disproportionate amount of our time, resources and prayer on reaching people who are outside of a relationship with Christ primarily through relational evangelism.


Because intentional life giving community is essential for life-change, we will work hard on getting everyone at River Rock involved in a life group. We recognize that life change happens when people are connected with each other in small communities of 3-12 people where they can learn to love and be loved. We will create a healthy Life Group structure that is always open for more people and serves as an integral part of life at River Rock Church.


Because the formation of authentic Biblical community is the intricate, patient work of the Holy Spirit, when interpersonal problems arise (and they always do) we will navigate those with love. We will not be satisfied with just another club or social group meeting. We will work to develop the deep, life giving community that is only available through the giving of ourselves to each other through the Holy Spirit.


Because ongoing life-transformation is normal for followers of Jesus Christ, we will catalyze ongoing spiritual fitness training as image bearers of God to be conformed more and more into the image of Jesus. We will do this within three primary contexts: corporate worship, small groups and individual training.


Because hospitality makes an invisible God visible, we will strive to make room for others in our corporate expression of worship and in the various ministries that make up River Rock.


Because the church is a life-giving community of interdependent servant leaders, we will encourage everyone to find a place to serve that is aligned with their giftedness. We will provide opportunities to discover and affirm your particular giftedness.

Renewal

Because our world belongs to God, we will train people to embrace their life as ambassadors of Jesus in bringing the good news of peace in all areas of life and to all areas of the world.


Because we are partners with God, we will seek first his Kingdom and righteousness and strive to join him in his mission of mercy and grace, hope and love, justice and righteousness. 


Because people shape culture, we will teach, empower and equip people to be credible witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ and agents of his mission of making all things new. We will be proactive in how we engage culture, seeking not to be shaped by it but to shapers of it.


Because God has designed each of us to fulfill his purpose for our lives, we will work hard on helping each person find the vocation where God’s greatest glory, their greatest passion and our communities greatest need intersect.


Because justice identifies and undoes sin and its effects, we will engage individually and corporately to fight against oppression and suffering. River Rock will look for ways she can creatively engage injustices both locally and abroad by encouraging and incorporating both “to” and “with” forms of love.


Because churches plant churches, we will participate wholeheartedly in a regional church planting movement.

Reformed Accent

River Rock is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, grounded in the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation. While River Rock is relatively new, it is not new in her beliefs and practices. River Rock embraces the historic Christian faith expressed in the ecumenical creeds of the universal church - the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. River Rock has a distinctly Reformed Accent and holds to three confessions: The Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort, and Heidelberg Catechism. The following is a brief summary of our beliefs:

  • The Bible

    The Bible is God’s word, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In it, God reveals himself; renews our understanding of the world and ourselves and directs us in all our relationships and activities. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

  • God The Father

    God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of humans, he hears and answers prayer, and he saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus. Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

  • JEsus Christ

    Jesus Christ is God the Father’s one and only Son and was conceived by the Holy Spirit when he became human. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in his substitutionary, atoning death for our sins, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continuing intercession for his people and personal visible return. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16

  • The Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and came from the Father and Son to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness for all who believe in Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus, and that he is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

  • The Trinity

    There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons that are equal in every divine perfection. They carry out distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6

  • The CHurch

    The Universal Church is a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and all believers are partners. We believe in the local church, consisting of believers who meet together regularly in small groups and corporately in worship services. We believe God has given the Church the privilege of giving the gospel of Jesus to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

  • Christian COnduct

    A Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of others; their conduct should be blameless before the world; they should be faithful stewards of his possessions, and they should seek in themselves and others a deepening of their vital union with Jesus to full maturity. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1,2; John 14:15, 23, 24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9, 10

  • Last THings

    We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus to earth and the establishment of his Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15