Next Steps

"The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
when he delights in his way"
Psalm 37:23  

The River is here to lead people into a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ.

What does that really mean? How can we have a relationship with Jesus? There are a few spiritual truths based on the life of Jesus that we need to understand.

A Relationship Jesus

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23

We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. 

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned ”
Romans 5:12

Sin entered the world when Adam sinned. Therefore we all are sinners.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
Romans 6:23b

The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ”
Romans 5:8

Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins. 

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  ”
Romans 10:9

Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins - and we will be saved!  Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ”
Romans 8:1

Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ”
Ephesians 2:8-9

God gave us the gift of Salvation through Jesus. There is nothing you can do to earn your forgiveness. Its a gift. 

Here’s a simple prayer you can use to become a follower of Jesus

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much that you sent Jesus to pay for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I realize that I need you in my life and I am sorry for my sins. I ask you to forgive me. Thank you for the gift of salvation. Help me to understand more about following Jesus. As much as it is possible, help me to become a passionate follower of Jesus and help me share this good news with others. Come into my life today and make me a new person. I commit my life to you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Baptism is not Required for Salvation.

Simply stated, baptism is the public act of identifying as a follower of Jesus Christ.  We believe in baptism by immersion, meaning the entire body is immersed in water and then lifted out.  Jesus told us in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age.”  

Baptism is an act of obedience to the direct instruction of Christ, symbolic of the association of every believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  It is not required for salvation.
Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” There is no mention of baptism in this verse. The same is true of Romans 10:13, “For whoever will call upon the Lord will be saved.”

Baptism is important as an act of obedience and public testimony that our life is now forever linked to Christ.  Be baptized with a heart of celebration, worship, and obedience, but never to earn God’s free gift of salvation.


When an individual is saved, he/she becomes a member of the body of Christ. Because he/she is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he is therefore qualified to become a member of a local expression of that body.
Membership Classes are offered quarterly. To be considered for membership, one must complete a new member class, sign a church covenant and go through an Elder Interview. Once interviewed, you will be approved or denied membership by the Elders. 

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