There are a few 'ingredients' that will always be present in growing Christians- here are four that we will continually call you to pursue as a member of RiverStone.
(INTIMACY WITH GOD, GRATITUDE & WONDER)
It's amazing how many Christians miss the most central motivating factor of the bible. It's the why behind the what- the reason for everything, everywhere, never-ceasing, never-ending: God's Glory, His Love, His worth. We are being invited into a life of wonder- not religion. Jesus didn't come to give a new law, he came to give a new way; A totally different motivation for living. We believe God has already acted, He has come, He has rescued, He has redeemed through the life, death and resurrection of his Son. All creation praises Him! As John Piper says "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." Worship is not which church we go to or how we spend 1 hour on a Sunday morning, but is expressed by what our hearts truly delight in, how we talk to each other, our work ethic, our thought life. We believe worship has more to do with the life we actually live on a daily basis and we will continually call you to delight in God- who He is, what He's done. It is only when we see him clearly, seated high above every power and authority, above every pleasure and joy, above every sin and shortcoming, that we begin to truly worship.
(INFLOW, CHARACTER & HABITS)
We believe that we are transformed not by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps but by beholding Jesus. When the eyes of our hearts are opened to His revelation- supernaturally motivated change ensues. So the reality is formation is happening everyday- my habits/ my culture/ what I give my attention to- is all forming me into something. The question is - What am I being formed into? The expectation we have for everyone around here is that we are intentionally putting ourselves in places where Jesus can transform us to reflect his Glory in an increasing accuracy. If you’ve been here 1 yr and you don’t look anymore like Jesus than when you started something is wrong. Our expectation is that you take an active (instead of passive) role in the miraculous process of your own formation. Character does not happen on accident- we play a part in this thing.
(OUTFLOW, INFLUENCE & SERVICE)
We believe we should be on mission because Jesus was on mission. We take an exit ramp away from Jesus when we turn our Christian life inward to be only about us and our family, our wants, our preferences. Jesus' way was one of selfless living, therefore the call is to leverage our life and resources for something greater than ourselves. Our conviction is no matter how insignificant you may think your life is, YOU HAVE INFLUENCE- in your family, in your workplace, amongst your friends. What we do with that influence may be the most revealing thing about our hearts. At RiverStone, we believe that everybody gets to play in the Kingdom. There are no benchwarmers, no gap-fillers. You may be tempted to believe that your life doesn't matter but that's a bold face lie.
Everyday you have the chance to serve those around you. Our culture would tell us we are here to be served- Christ came to serve us and show us that true life is on the other side of self-less living. Therefore, Gospel-centered service of others is a necessary ingredient for spiritual growth.
(ENCOURAGEMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY)
You will not live out your christian faith in a vacuum. The monastic impulse to live a life wholly secluded and separated from others does not accurately reflect the Heart of God. Our faith (or lack thereof) will ALWAYS revealed, not by some statement of faith or declaration of intentions but by how we interact with others on a daily basis. Not only does community reveal things in us that we would not otherwise see, it’s through people- everyday, simple, people that God intends to speak to us, to encourage us, to rebuke us when needed and to extend his Kingdom power of love and forgiveness. Life's better together.
Eph 2:22 “In him we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” We do this thing together
Prov 27:17 “As Iron Sharpens Iron so does one man sharpen another"
RiverStone Church is a part of the Vineyard USA Association of Churches.