We believe that there is one and only one living and true God. God, as Father reigns in providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the history of the world. Jesus is the Only Son of God (John 3:16). He was born of a virgin (Luke 2), sent by God the Father, to die for the sins of the world, and was raised on the third day. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God who lives in every believer to transform him or her into the likeness of Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that the Holy Bible is God’s only written word. It is inspired by Him, and is complete, correct, and without errors (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is the revelation of God’s purposes in history and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and is the disciple’s normative guide for daily living. The primary translations used at Ridgeview Fellowship are the New King James Version, New American Standard, King James and the New International Version. Other widely used translations are welcome and we believe using several accurate (literal and dynamic) translations are helpful for personal Bible study and growth. We encourage you to explore all of God’s Word.
We believe that all people are separated from God by their sinful nature until they trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10). Salvation is from God and by God’s grace, not by any works that people can do (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; In the name of Jesus Christ. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. It is a prerequisite to church membership. (Romans 6:4); We accept the baptism confession of those who have been immersed following their trust in Christ as Lord and Savior in a church of like faith. We do not baptize infants, and we are careful to instruct young children when they desire baptism.
We believe that the church is the visible presence of Christ in the world today, and it is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). The church is composed of freely gathered baptized followers of Christ who share “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). The church is not a place, but people. The purpose of the church is to glorify Christ by reaching the lost, worshipping Him, proclaiming Christ as Lord and Savior in word and actions, and equipping and building up His body, the church.
We believe that each follower of Christ is called to be a witness in the world (Acts 1:8) and to make other disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Each disciple has a place of ministry within the Body of Christ. God has gifted each believer with at least one spiritual gift for the purpose of building up the body and carrying out God’s mission in his or her life (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-13).
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience whereby Christians, through the partaking of the bread (Symbolizing His Body) and the fruit of the vine (Symbolizing His Blood), celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and anticipate His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that the family is God’s foundational institution for human society (Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4). Therefore, we encourage lifelong commitments to marriage between one man and one woman; we support the ongoing spiritual nurture of the family; and, we are committed to honoring the priority of family time within ministries and activities.
We believe that God, who created the world (Genesis 1:1), is the same God who will bring it to an end as it is in its present state (Revelation 21). History is moving purposefully to its completion in the purposes of God. We believe Jesus Christ, who was physically raised from the dead, will return to gather together His people and judge the world as He fulfills His kingdom.
Denominations are human inventions designed to distinguish unique expressions of faith and Ridgeview Fellowship is a supporting and participating member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our Biblically Fundamental beliefs as stated above are also in support of and in harmony with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp). Within this framework we are an autonomous self-governing body of Christians gathered to proclaim the Gospel, build strong Christian families, and fully execute the Great Commission. We believe in sharing the Gospel Message to everyone and anyone who will receive it throughout the world.
Our Family Focused Principles
We believe that the ultimate purpose in living is to know and glorify God and to attain eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, beginning within our own families and then reaching out to a suffering humanity that does not know of His love and sacrifice.
We believe that the institution of marriage was intended by God to be a permanent, lifelong relationship between a man and a woman, regardless of trials, sickness, financial reverses or emotional stresses that may ensue.
We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity.
We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, including the unborn, the aged, the widowed, the mentally handicapped, the unattractive, the physically challenged and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave.
We believe that God has ordained three basic institutions — the church, the family and the government — for the benefit of all humankind. The family exists to propagate the race and to provide a safe and secure haven in which to nurture, teach and love the younger generation. The church exists to minister to individuals and families by sharing the love of God and the message of repentance and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. The government exists to maintain cultural equilibrium and to provide a framework for social order.