RGF Statement of Faith & Values
The Identity of Man & Woman
We believe that God created humans in His image, intentionally male and female, with unique and complementary qualities. Our sexuality is a gift from God, offered back to Him thru marriage for procreation, union, and mutual delight, or for the single an undivided devotion to Christ. Christians are called to proclaim the truth and beauty of God’s design and the redemption of sexual brokenness in our lives and culture through Jesus Christ.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen 1:26-28
The Permanence of Marriage
We believe that marriage was instituted by God to be a covenant relationship between one man, and one woman. We believe the institution of marriage was the first, and preeminent institution God created. We believe that strong communities are built by strong marriages. We understand that all marriages will encounter trials and tribulations at some point. We are called to minister to these marriages and point them to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
“‘Haven’t you read,’ He replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.'” Matthew 19:4-6
The Value of Life
We believe that children are the legacy of a family. We believe that mankind was created in God’s image. We believe that all life begins at the moment of conception. We strive to help parents be accountable to God in their raising, nurturing, and preparing their children to live a life that glorifies God.
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14a
Value of Being Socially Responsible
We believe that God created the family, the church, and government for our benefit. As Christians we believe it is our God ordained duty to be involved. Therefore, Christians are to pray for our civic leaders at every level.
“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body.” Ephesians 1:22-23a
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
In the Trinity: that there is one God, existing in three persons: The Father, The Son, & The Holy Spirit.
In the deity and person of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death, burial, and resurrection for the salvation of our souls, and His ascension to sit at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf. We also believe and await His return.
That salvation of the lost, regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the redemption of a sinful world comes thru faith in Jesus Christ and Him only. It’s Jesus plus nothing. This is evidenced by water baptism.
In the presence of the Holy Spirit, thru whom we can have the power to live a godly and holy life.
In the spiritual unity of the Body of Christ, His church worldwide, thru our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.