We exist to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them become fully devoted followers of Him.
John Booko was pastor of First Baptist Church for 12 years before starting Three Rivers Christian Fellowship with his son, Paul.
The church was started on July 6, 1975 as an Interdenominational Christian Church in a rented facility and with some borrowed equipment. It was founded with a dream to be a church where honest relationships could be built with God and each other through the work of the Holy Spirit. In 1979, ten acres of land was purchased and a church building was constructed with an office and classroom addition added in 1987. As the church grew in numbers and the vision for the community expanded, an exciting vision was birthed to purchase the old Three Rivers High School in the middle of town and renovate it into a ministry center that would impact South West Michigan. In the Spring of 2000, the church moved into its “new” campus and changed the name to Riverside Church.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26 / Psalm 90:2 / Matthew 28:19 / 1 Peter 1:2 / 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHIRST
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 people 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 someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:21-23 / Isaiah 9:6 / John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 / Hebrews 4:14-15
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers to be witnesses and live godly lives. We further believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts and abilities greater than our own to accomplish God’s will. These gifts ought to be operative in the church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character.
John 14:16-17 / Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4; 19:6 / 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:1-11; 14:1-5, 39-40
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. 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 / Psalm 119:105 / Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27 / Psalm 8:3-6 / Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2 / Romans 3:23
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from death’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 5:1; 6:23 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / John 1:12; 14:6 / Titus 3:5 / Galatians 3:26
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally 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 real places of eternal existence.
The pursuit of total commitment to Jesus Christ and His cause is normal for every believer.
(Matthew 22:37-38; 1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7)
Prayer and worship permeates everything we do.
(Matthew 21:13; Romans 12:12; Acts 6:4)
Excellence (doing our best) honors God and inspires people.
(Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14)
Our church is culturally relevant without compromising God’s word.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Lost people matter to God, therefore they matter to us.
(2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 22:39; Matthew 18:14; Luke 15)
Children and youth are a primary emphasis of our church.
(Luke 9:48; Proverbs 22:6)
Church leaders are to serve and equip the people to do the work of the ministry in their area of giftedness and passion.
(Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10)
Our church is outward focused, serving the needs of our community and world.
(Matthew 28:19; Matthew 25:35-40)
Life change happens best in small groups where people can be open and honest.
(James 5:16; 1 John 1:7; Luke 6: 12-13)
Our church is a united family that lives in love, authenticity, and service to each other.
(1 Peter 3:8; John 13:35, Ephesians 4:2-3; 1 Corinthians 13)