Following Jesus and Fearlessly Make 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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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).
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)
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).
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 FIVE Rs
Ridge Point exists to follow Jesus and fearlessly make Him known. The Five Rs are characteristics that mark the life of a Fearless Follower:
Respond to who God is and what He is doing.
Relate to one another and to our neighbors.
Reach our neighbors with the love and hope of Jesus.
Restore what is broken in our cities and world.
Replicate what Jesus is doing in us.