River City Spokane

Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe in the verbal plenary inerrant inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, and believe them to be the final authority for faith and life.

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—sharing ontological equality but with functional subordination.

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

The Redemption of Christ

We believe that the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being. The man Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. On the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God’s wrath, and reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else. Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

The Gospel

We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God to those who are being saved. This good news is Christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.

The Justification of Sinners

We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him.

Complementarity

We believe that men and women are partners in every area of life and ministry together. Though equal, men and women have complementary and distinct gender roles so that men are to lead, provide for and protect women in ways according to the love of Christ, and whereas women are to affirm, receive and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways according to the love of Christ.

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local churches.

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