What We Believe

Statement of Faith

At RBC, we talk a lot about mission, vision, and values, but they're all built on something even more important: a Statement of Faith.  The RBC Statement of Faith summarizes what we believe the Bible clearly teaches us.  We hold these teachings as  non-negotiable basics that are essential in forming a healthy and mature relationship with Christ.

Below are the conclusions and biblical truths we embrace at RBC.   They are based on our Christian experiences as well as  fundamental truths taught by the Word of God.

Vision:  To bring people into God’s family and send out Christ followers to share God’s love and truth to the ends of the earth.


Conclusions:

  • God is bigger, better, and closer than we can imagine.
  • The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
  • Jesus is God showing himself to us.
  • Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
  • Nothing in creation “just happened.”  God made it all.
  • Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
  • Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
  • God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice.
  • God can bring good even out of evil events.
  • God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him.
  • Heaven and hell are real places.  Death is a beginning, not the end.
  • The church is to serve people, like Jesus served people.
  • Jesus is coming again.

Biblical Truths:

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three persons: the  Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These  three are co-equal and are one God.­  Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians  13:14

About Man

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in  character.   He is the supreme object of  God’s creation.   Although man has  tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience  toward God called "sin".   This  attitude separates man from God.  Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Man

Man was created to exist forever.  He will either exist eternally separated from  God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal  life.  Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.    John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John  5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46

About Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered  Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.  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

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man.   Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26;  Romans 5:1

About Eternal Security

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the  believer is secure in salvation for eternity.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that  gives this security.  John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25;  10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.   The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.  2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16;  Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to all men.  It was written by human authors, under the  supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it  is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.  2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;  Proverbs 30:5