Our Beliefs

What’s with the “Two Rivers?”

In the traditional “Word-based” cultures of many evangelical churches, there is an emphasis placed on Bible study, scripture memorization, and the authority of God’s Word, but sometimes a neglect of learning to be guided by the person of the Holy Spirit.

In many traditional “Spirit-led” cultures in many charismatic churches, there is an emphasis placed upon expressive worship, gifts of the Spirit, and an expectation of God’s manifest presence, but sometimes there is a neglect of careful biblical study and teaching of the Scripture.

Two Rivers Church seeks to borrow from the best of both of these traditions while avoiding the extremes.

We are committed to be people devoted to the Word of God led by the Spirit of God and merging these two rivers of tradition.

GOD
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 28:19)

JESUS
We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, yet co-equal with God. He came to earth to provide a way for man to have a relationship with God. He did this through his death on the cross, and his resurrection, three days later. We believe that He one day will return as the sovereign King. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; and during this age to convict men; regenerate the believing sinner; indwell, guide, gift, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the Scriptures are still given to believers by the Holy Spirit today. (Luke 3:22; Romans 8:9; Luke 12:12; John 16:7-14; I Corinthians 12 & 14)

MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, the supreme being in God’s creation, for the purpose of knowing God and worshipping him. Man has a problem in that his sin nature keeps him from fulfilling this ultimate purpose. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

ETERNITY
We believe that man is an eternal being. He will either exist with God in heaven, or separated by sin from God in hell. We believe that heaven and hell are the two places of eternal existence. John 3:16 I John 2:25; 5:11-13 Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:15

SALVATION
We believe that salvation is a free gift from God to man, made possible by the sacrificial death of Jesus. Salvation can only be received by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus. We believe this act is a one-time occurrence in a person’s life. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

BAPTISM
We believe that baptism is the first step of obedience in the Christian life. It is not necessary for salvation, but an outward expression of a personal commitment to God. We believe in water immersion as the Biblical model of baptism. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-1

BIBLE
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the Salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)

Our Denomination

Two Rivers Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).

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About The EFCA

The great heritage of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) around the world includes the fact that fellowship and ministry opportunities in the local church are based solely on one’s personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and trusting in Him alone for salvation.

The EFCA was born out of heritage of commitment to the authority and inerrancy of scripture. We have deep convictions based on the authority of God’s Word, but we do not draw battle lines over minor points.

We join with other Christians and other denominations of like faith in common goals and ministries to accomplish the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

We encourage our people to be responsible, godly men, women, and young people, who desire to live under the control of the Holy Spirit, in obedience to the principles and precepts of God’s Word, and in harmony with God’s will for life as revealed in the scriptures.

We believe it is essential to have solid biblical content in our doctrinal understanding of faith, but it is equally important to have a dynamic, vital relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son, and to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Strong pastors coupled with leaders can produce spiritual growth as well as significant church growth. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of the Body of Christ ministering through the spiritual gifts that have been given to each believer. The EFCA affirms each local church to govern their own affairs.

For more information on the EFCA visit www.efca.org or read the EFCA Statement of Faith here.