This mission statement is the orienting principle for all that we do and how we do it here at River Community Church. Read on to learn more about how this defines our community. Do you LILO?
Scriptural Basis: Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8; Colossians 2:6-7, 1 Peter 2:9-10 and many more.
We help people: Everyone is involved in the mission of the church (Eph 4:16), thus we begin with the word “we.” Our mission involves several efforts such as: preaching, teaching, worshipping, praying, evangelizing, leading, administrating, serving, giving, stewarding, etc (Acts 2:42-47). The word “help” summarizes these actions. “Help” is a key word in that it reminds us that we are servants of God and to one another—no matter our title or position (Rom 12:3-5). Additionally, “help” reflects that we are motivated out of love and compassion—integral values to our mission. Finally, the object of our help is “people,” which is who God desires to save (1 Tim 2:3). Our mission is not toward ourselves but toward the world.
Live In: The gospel alone offers life and is life. As a church our purpose is to make known this gospel to everyone and to help believers understand their identity and daily life by the gospel. We never grow out of the gospel; only deeper into it. We are committed to the five solas: Christ alone, Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, and God’s glory alone to ensure that we remain centered upon the gospel in all we do.
Live Out: True faith in the true gospel bears fruit; it is lived out. Living out the gospel is succinctly expressed in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) which teaches that gospel believers are people who live for God’s glory, for advancing His kingdom through making disciples, and for doing His will faithfully and joyfully. Furthermore, gospel believers reflect the grace they have received from God by serving one another in meeting material needs, making peace with one another, and strengthening one another in the perseverance of the faith.
Good News of Jesus Christ: This last clause focuses our mission explicitly on the reason for our existence. We include the words “Jesus Christ” to eliminate any ambiguity about the gospel we exist to herald (cf. 1 Cor 15:1-11, Eph 2:1-10) and to declare we are unashamed of the gospel which is the power of God to salvation for all who believe (Rom 1:16, Acts 4:12). Finally, this phrase sets our face to the future as it fixes us on our certain hope that the one we proclaim and serve is coming again. Maranatha!