What we believe

Our Purpose

It is the purpose of this church to fulfill the Great Commandment (Matthew 22: 36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) bringing glory to the Name of God and engaging people locally, regionally, nationally and around the world through the seven pillars of the church:
Evangelism | Fellowship | Worship | Discipleship
Service | Leadership | Prayer

Our Mission

We at "The River" believe that God has called us to be rivers of living water flowing throughout the Bitterroot Valley and beyond. We not only teach God’s word to bring new believers to personal relationship with Christ, but train them in the word so they may grow in Him to a mature believer, equipping them for the work of the ministry that they may “Go” and share the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world, providing the only true source of hope, joy, peace, fulfillment, purpose, and eternal life in Christ Jesus. 

Doctrinal Statement

 We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and as the only basis for our beliefs and practices.  The doctrinal statement and stance of the Church shall be consistent with the articles stated in the pamphlet "The Baptist Faith and Message" adopted by the Southern Baptist Church on June 14, 2000. 

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of The River  based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible.  All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these Biblical principles.


There is one eternally existing God who exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise.  God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy.  He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


God has revealed Himself to us through his creation and most recently through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the holy Scriptures, and through all of creation itself.


God created man in His own image, He created him male and female; He created them ( Genesis 1:27).  The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.

The Fall

When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God.  This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God and brought a curse on all of creation.


Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God.  He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions.  God raised Him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior.  That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

The Church

The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth. 

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