Riverbend Fellowship is a part of the Mennonite Brethren denomination and we share its beliefs and values.
Locally, we hold to the following foundational values. -The Bible as foundation. -Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. -God’s love, forgiveness and grace. As far as the east is from the west. -The Christian walk is a journey within a community, a continual growing relationship with God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. -We have been called to this community, and to the world, to fulfill the purpose for which God has created us and to tell others about Jesus. -We desire to be a place of healing, growth and spiritual reproduction.
As a denomination, this is our confession of faith. (Found in more detail at Confession of Faith)
We believe in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship.
We believe that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modeled the way of God’s kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God’s will.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith. Believers confess their faith, are baptized, and join in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and guided by the Bible, members of the church seek to live as followers of Christ and invite others to experience this new life.
As Christians, we are called to turn:
from ignorance of God to a personal relationship with God
from bondage of sin and past mistakes to freedom, forgiveness, and healing
from individualism to interdependence with others in the local church
from lifestyle choices that harm us, to others and the earth to choices that nuture wholeness, healing, joy, and peace
from hating enemies and ignoring neighbours to showing love and justice to all
from loving possessions to sharing with all in need
from aimless existence to a mission for representing and proclaiming God's kingdom on earth
As Christians, we look forward to the day when God will once again send Jesus to bring all things under God’s eternal rule.