FOLLOWING JESUS AND FEARLESSLY MAKING HIM KNOWN

From the beginning Ridge Point Community Church has been committed to journey in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and to intentionally and compellingly make Him known to people who have yet to meet him. Our updated mission statement doesn’t change that commitment, but it does give us a clear direction for the future with simple wording that is easy to memorize.

Following Jesus includes accepting Him as our rescuer from sin, connecting to a holy God who has now adopted us into His family, and pursuing Him as our living leader through the power and guidance of His Holy Spirit. While we don’t always do it perfectly, following Jesus means to please Him with our whole life. We want to grab hold, with both hands, the abundant life of love, joy, self-control and peace He promises.

To fearlessly make Jesus known recognizes that it takes courage to share Jesus with a person or a culture that does not yet embrace Him. Sometimes the courage will require a boldness to stand for Jesus and His way of life when it is not popular or easy. Sometimes the courage will require us to humbly serve people who are far from God and show them the love of Christ in tangible ways. In other words, we want to make Jesus known with the same intention, courage and humility that He revealed himself during his lifetime.

Our 5 R’s are characteristics that mark the life of a Fearless Follower

RESPOND to who God is and what He is doing.

RELATE to on another in love

REACH to others with the love and hope of Jesus

RESTORE justice and mercy in our world.

REPLICATE what Jesus is doing in us.

What we believe about:

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He was united with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily made amends for the sins of people, making possible a right relationship with God. He died on the cross as a substitute for sinful mankind, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

Jesus rose from the dead in the same body, now glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, where He, as mediator, continually intercedes with God the Father for His own—those who have received salvation. Because Jesus is alive believers are able to have a personal, interactive relationship with him at any moment. Jesus shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to bring history and the eternal plan of God to completion. (Matt 1:18-25; 24:30-31; 28:20; John 1:1-18; 3:16; 8:57-58; 14:6; 20:26-27; Acts 1:9-11; Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 15:14, 20; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 4:4-5; Phil 2:5-11; 1 Thes 4:14, 16-17; 1 Tim 2:5-6; Titus 2:13-15; Heb 1:3; 7:24-25; 8:1; 10:5-10; Rev 19:11-16).

The Bible

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture originated entirely from God and that it was given through writers inspired by God. Scripture speaks with the authority of God, and yet at the same time, reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. The Scriptures are presented exactly as God intended and without error in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are no other writings similarly given by God. (Ps 19:7-11; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Rev 22:18-19)

God

We believe that there is only one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created the world and all things therein out of nothing, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence—His loving and caring guidance—God operates throughout time to fulfill His redemptive purposes. (Gen 1-2; 45:4-8; 50:19-20; Deut 6:4; 1 Chron 29:10-12; John 1:1-3; 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; Rom 8:28; Col 1:15-20)

Salvation

The central purpose of God’s plan in history is to break people from Satan’s grasp and call them into fellowship with Him. The human race was originally created to have fellowship with God but through Adam and Eve, humanity defied God, choosing to be independent, and was thus alienated from Him. The consequence of this rebellion from God is the corruption of human nature, so that people are not acceptable to Him. Such separation from God produces people who are self-centered, without purpose and who ultimately will be separated from Him for eternity. This separation and its consequences impact all individuals and means all are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of any person is wholly a work of God’s free grace.

Salvation is never the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness. Salvation is personally realized when one repents from sin and accepts, through faith alone, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When God begins a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation. Therefore, once someone is saved he cannot lose his salvation. (Gen 3:1-24; Luke 24:25-27; John 6:37, 39, 44, 65; 10:27-29; 11:25-26; Acts 2:38; 13:48; Rom 1:18-32; 3:10-18, 22-24, 28; 26:23; 8:28-30; 10:9-10; Eph 1:4-5, 11; 2:1-10; Phil 1:6; 2:13; Heb 13:5-6; James 1:18; 1 Pet 1:3-5).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son. A genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is evidenced by a life impacted by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Before salvation, the Holy Spirit enlightens the minds of sinners and awakens in them recognition of their need for a Savior. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells all believers, seals them into the family of God and gives them specific endowments, called the gifts of the Spirit, to build up the church and help it pursue its mission. Further, when believers yield to the control of the Holy Spirit they will gain an assurance in their relationship with Christ, a desire for fellowship with other Christians, a new value system that aligns them with God’s moral statutes, wisdom to discern what God wants them to do, and strength to do it. (John 3:5-8; 14:16-17; 16:8-11, 13-15; Acts 1:8; Rom 5:5; 8:9-11; 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12; 2 Cor 1:21-22; 3:18; Eph 1:13; 4:4-6, 11-13, 30; Gal 5:16-22; 1 John 3:22-24; Titus 3:5-7).

Destiny

After death, or when Jesus returns, all people will experience a resurrection of the body and a judgment that will determine their fate. All who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be received into eternal communion with God. He will establish a New Heaven and New Earth where believers will be with God forever. All who have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be separated from God in hell. (Matt 10:28; Matt 25:31-46; John 6:40; Rom 8:1-3; 1 Cor. 15; Phil 3:20-21; Heb 9:27; 2 Pet 2:4-9; Rev 20:11-15; Rev 21-22).

The Church

The result of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the church. The one true church is composed of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Wherever God’s people meet regularly, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watchful care of elders, pastors and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ and spreading His Kingdom. The Scripture commands believers to gather in order to worship, pray, fellowship, teach, give, observe baptism and communion, serve within the body, and to reach out to the world through social justice, cultural impact and evangelism. (Matt 16:16-19; 25:14-30; 31-46; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; John 13:34-35; 17:20-21; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 20:28; 1 Cor 11:23-28; 12:4-6, 12-13; Col 1:18-20; Eph 4:11-13; Phil 2:1-4; 1 Pet 2:4-10; 5:1-4; Heb 10:23-25; Rev 7:9-12)

Faith & Practice

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in an area where Scripture is silent. Rather, in these areas each believer should seek the wise counsel of others in the church and then be led by the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible. (Rom 8:1-4; Gal 5:1; Phil 2:12)

Baptism

As our society becomes more secular and post-Christian we will have people coming into our church with progressively greater non-biblical perspectives and lifestyles. Many of these people will accept Jesus and be saved and the question comes up, when will they qualify for believer’s baptism? For that matter, what is believer’s baptism all about?

In short, believer’s baptism represents conversion (or justification) and not Christian maturity (or sanctification). As soon as someone is saved he or she is a candidate to be baptized. Just as there is no moral bar to get over to accepting Jesus, there is no moral bar for being baptized. Therefore, it is proper to baptize any person who genuinely accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior regardless of their current sins or sinful lifestyle. This means any “sinner” that accepts Jesus is saved and can be baptized at Ridge Point or any church that follows the New Testament teaching on this.

What is the biblical support for this position?

When Peter stood up and gave the first post-resurrection message of salvation recorded in Scripture we note the response of the people. “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:37-38) With that, three thousand people accepted the message, were baptized and the church was launched.

We learn a lot about believer’s baptism with this first example of baptism in the church. For instance, this is the first of many baptisms in Acts. In fact, a pattern of conversion followed immediately by baptism is common.

  • The Samaritans, Simon (Acts 8)
  • Saul (Acts 9)
  • Cornelius and his household (Acts 10)
  • Lydia and her household; the Philippian jailor and his household (Acts 16)
  • Crispus and his household (Acts 18)
  • The disciples in Ephesus (Acts 19)

Why does believer’s baptism follow conversion? Baptism is a symbol of conversion. Literally, it mimics Jesus’s death and resurrection. First we go under the water (death to the old life of living independently from God), and then come out of the water (resurrection to a new life of living with God in his Kingdom).

Romans 6:3-4 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

It is interesting to ask the question why Jesus was baptized. He certainly did not need to repent or be cleansed. He didn’t need to die to his old way of life. Jesus was baptized, at least in part to identify with humanity – the people he was going to save. Another reason was that he was modeling to us the importance of baptism. But not only does Jesus identify with us through his baptism, we identify with him. For instance when Jesus is baptized, which is recorded in all four of the Gospels, what the Father tells Jesus is also something that is applicable to those of us who are saved. In Mark’s account we read…

Mark 1:9-11 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

N.T. Wright says of this passage, “The whole Christian gospel could be summed up in this point: that when the living God looks at us, at every baptized and believing Christian, he says to us what he said to Jesus on that day. He sees us, not as we are in ourselves, but as we are in Jesus Christ. It sometimes seems impossible, especially to people who have never had this kind of support from their earthly parents, but it’s true: God looks at us, and says, ‘You are my dear, dear child; I’m delighted with you.’ Try reading that sentence slowly, with your own name at the start, and reflect quietly on God saying that to you, both at your baptism and every day since.”

Believer’s baptism also symbolizes that we have become part of God’s community.

Galatians 3:27-28 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

“From very early on, Christian baptism was seen as the mode of entry into the Christian family, and it was associated with the idea of being born again.” (Tom Wright, Simply Christian, p. 183). Because we are a family of adopted children, family members come from every conceivable ethnicity, social status, moral standing, lifestyle and religious background. Also, as in every family, there may be those who live more in the spirit and behavior of the family and those who don’t, but they are none-the-less family members. As brothers and sisters, we enter into a journey as a family giving support, encouragement and accountability to each other and, most importantly, striving for unity (John 17:20-23).

We see in Acts 2:38 that repentance is to precede baptism. How does repentance tie into baptism? This is actually a very important question. Does repentance have to do primarily with repenting from specific sin and, if so, what sins need to be acknowledged and repented from before being baptized?

The Greek word for “repent” is metanoia. It literally means a change of mind or a change of direction. The context of the passage determines what the change of mind or direction refers to. For instance, there are times it clearly refers to moral actions (Acts 8:2, 2 Corinthians 7:9, Revelation 2:5). However, in passages when salvation is in view, it is equivalent to believe or trust in and involves a change of mind about any form of self-trust in human works, good deeds, religious tradition, etc. followed by a trust in the finished work of Christ which alone has the power to save us. It means a turning from self-trust to trust in Christ.

Repentance, meaning change of belief, is the intent of Acts 2:38. Peter has just finished a sermon explaining how Jesus was the Messiah, the fulfillment of God’s plan, and how “Israel” crucified him. In other words, you have not believed in Jesus and you need to repent (change your mind) and believe in him. In this context, believe and repent are synonymous. In fact, there are several other examples of baptism in Acts where the word “believe” is used instead of the word “repent” (Acts 8:12; 16:15, 31-33; 18:8).

Why is this important? Ultimately it comes down to the question of whether people need to morally make a change in their lives before they accept Jesus and are saved. Let’s say someone is living with his girlfriend, or cheating in business, or living with bitterness and hears the message of salvation. Does that person have to stop their sinful behavior before being eligible for conversion? The answer is no.

-Ephesians 2:8-9 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.

-Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

-See also Romans 4:24-25; 5:8-9, 23-24, Galatians 3:10-14

Salvation is a matter of faith/belief/trust in Christ and not, in anyway, the reward of a work. This means that repentance, in the context of conversion, has to do with the inward change to have faith in Christ… this change of heart and new life in Christ is expected to lead to a change of behavior (Luke 3:8) There is no moral cleaning up that is necessary for conversion.

But what about baptism? Does baptism require getting over some moral bar? Here, too, the answer is no. In every example in Acts (and actually in all the New Testament), conversion is immediately followed by baptism. There are no NT examples of people who have genuinely converted needing to be vetted, taught or to mature in their walk between conversion and baptism. “In baptism,” writes Will Willimon, “the recipient of baptism is just that—recipient. You cannot very well do your own baptism. It is done to you, for you.” It’s an adoption, not an interview. First comes conversion and baptism (the symbol of conversion) and then comes a lifetime of learning to obey Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

While there is no moral bar for conversion or baptism there is an expectation, once saved, to move in a direction of becoming more Christ-like. What about a person who accepts Jesus with no intent to follow him? This is not possible because Jesus invites us into a relationship with him as both Savior (save us from sins) and Lord (the leader of our life). In fact, baptism is a pledge of allegiance to Jesus as King. The New Testament does not give us the option to accept Jesus as Savior alone; we are only offered a full relationship with Jesus Christ.

At conversion, God the Father has adopted us into his family, given us the Holy Spirit, changed our identity and given us a position of righteousness. That is all based on Christ’s work. We now join God in his work of changing us on the inside to become more like Jesus and to work through us to bring God’s truth and love into the world. Admittedly, we do this imperfectly and on different schedules (it is dangerous for us to judge other’s commitment to Christ based on what we see outwardly), none-the-less, this partnership with Jesus as Savior and Lord is at the foundation of conversion.

Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For is it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

While there is no vetting for particular sins or sinful lifestyles at conversion or baptism, people accepting Jesus do so with the understanding that Jesus now is their Lord and has a right to their lives and obedience.

Finally, What if I was baptized before I could believe in Jesus? We know that a lot of people in our area and church were baptized as infants. Should they be baptized as a believer? First, it is not required for salvation, but it seems to be the symbol God has installed for conversation and it can be a very meaningful experience as a believer. Second, nowhere in the NT does it say you can only be baptized once. While it shouldn’t be a regularly repeated sacrament like communion, many Christ followers have been baptized more than once. We welcome anyone who has been baptized as infant or child and has since accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord to be baptized.

At Ridge Point, many of the people who are baptized attend a class two weeks prior to the planned Baptism Services.  However, we also invite those who  spontaneously decide to be baptized during the service to come forward. (Learn more about what to expect during a Baptism Service in our Baptism Boooklet. See below.) If you know before the service that you want to come forward to be baptized, please contact us.

OUR VISION:

MAKING DISCIPLES | DEVELOPING LEADERS | PLANTING CHURCHES

By 2020 5,000 Disciples | 1,000 Leaders | 10 Churches

By 2025 15,000 Disciples | 2,500 Leaders | 30 Churches

By 2030 40,000 Disciples | 8,000 Leaders | 100 Churches

By 2035 100,000 Disciples | 20,000 Leaders | 250 Churches

OUR LEADERS

We are a group of Christ followers that are called to proclaim Jesus and help others do the same.  Together we work under a set of values that focus us and point us in the same direction.

  • Christ In You, Then Through You: Be transformed by who you are in Christ in a way that moves you to transform and bring health to your relationships and environments
  • Stronger Together: Become stronger together by forming authentic relationships founded on trust.
  • Live The Vision: To embody the Fearless DNA in a way that fosters a culture of Kingdom minded disciple makers
  • Pray Like It Depends On God: Constantly engage in effective prayer for the health and direction of the ministry and the advancement of the Kingdom.
  • Work Like It God Depends On Us: Work in such a way that God would claim it as His own.
  • Pursue Innovation and Embrace Change: Thinking through new ideas and risking failure so that we are continually improving.

RIDGE POINT STAFF

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Kate Bareman | High School Pastor

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Maggie Bergeson | Student Ministry Assistant

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Mary Jo Busscher | Missional Initiative Coordinator

Cathy Dreyer | Children’s Pastor

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Tammy Edgerton | Children’s Ministry Assistant

Vicki

Vicki Ekdom | Weekend Gathering Assistant

Whitney Housenga | Care Coordinator

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Dakota Jurries | Campus Services

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Samuel Keibach | Campus Services

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Mick Knoll | Discipleship Coordinator

Derek Laird | Middle School Pastor

Robyne MaGee | Fearless Residency & Movement Assistant

Wayne Major |Maintenance/Grounds Facilities Assistant

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Greg Muzzey | Campus Services Assistant

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Daniel Nino | Worship Pastor

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Patty Scholten | Hospitality Coordinator

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Tammy Tamminga | Facilties Director

Amy Roellin | Executive Assistant

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Steve Seibers | Technical Director

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Tanner Tamminga | Campus Services

Cindy Van Dussen | Lead Facilities Assistant

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Lou Vanderstel | Cafe Director

 

THIRD COAST STAFF

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Zack Martin - Worship Leader

Zack Martin – Worship Leader

Angel - Children's Ministry

Angel Boyles-Jager – Children’s Ministry

 

Jason Craner | Communications Director

Mia Heyboer | Human Relations Coordinator

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Amanda Lubbers | Finance Coordinator

Lead Elders provide visionary leadership through the leading of the Holy Spirit for the spiritual and physical well being of our Fearless Network of Churches and members.

The Board of Elders is given ultimate responsibility and authority to see that our churches remain on a true course biblically, that its members are being appropriately shepherded, that the body is being fed through insightful and accurate biblical teaching, and that the life of the Church is being well managed with the assistance of other competent and godly leaders.

 

Kate Steenwyk

Chair Person

Vern Bush

Vice Chair

Kevin Pike

Senior Pastor

Al Steenwyk

Brent Walbridge

Dirk Zwiep

Support Relationships
Responsibilities
Qualifications

The Board of Directors provide the operational framework for the staff and Fearless members to carry out our vision to Make Disciples, Develop Leaders and Plant Churches.

Brian Slagh

Board Chair

Anna White

Vice Chair

Scott Witteveen

Treasurer

Scott Potter

Executive Pastor

Jessica Hoekstra

Scott Lubbers

Al Steenwyk

Marc VanDam

The Board of Directors reports directly to the Board of Elders.

A Shepherding Elder represents the church in matters within the community that require the authority and care of the Elders. The Shepherding Elder will mainly be called upon to aid people in their spiritual journey.

Diane Ade

Ridge Point

Roger Bosch

Ridge Point

Pat-Breuker

Ridge Point

Mike Brinks

Cultivate

Sandra Brinks

Cultivate

Greg Denton

Ridge Point

Jim Deur

Ridge Point

Marcia Deur

Ridge Point

Phillip Elzinga

Ridge Point

Michelle Gort

Ridge Point

Art Haan

Ridge Point

Keith Hulsman

Cultivate

Duane Joostberns

Cultivate

David LaHaie

Ridge Point

Steve Machiele

Third Coast

Amy Martinie

Ridge Point

Tracy Michaud

Third Coast

Dave Meeuwsen

Ridge Point

Jen Nyberg

Ridge Point

Deborah Riemersma

Ridge Point

Pam VanderZwaag

Ridge Point

Being empowered by Executive Elders, the Shepherding Elders provide support to the church body with guidance from the Care & Support Ministry Staff.

OUR LEADERS

We are a group of Christ followers that are called to proclaim Jesus and help others do the same.  Together we work under a set of values that focus us and point us in the same direction.

  • Christ In You, Then Through You: Be transformed by who you are in Christ in a way that moves you to transform and bring health to your relationships and environments
  • Stronger Together: Become stronger together by forming authentic relationships founded on trust.
  • Live The Vision: To embody the Fearless DNA in a way that fosters a culture of Kingdom minded disciple makers
  • Pray Like It Depends On God: Constantly engage in effective prayer for the health and direction of the ministry and the advancement of the Kingdom.
  • Work Like It God Depends On Us: Work in such a way that God would claim it as His own.
  • Pursue Innovation and Embrace Change: Thinking through new ideas and risking failure so that we are continually improving.