River in the Hills is a non-denominational Christian church that believes Jesus Christ is the Promised Messiah and the Savior of mankind. His death and resurrection is redemptive for all those who receive Him as Lord and Savior. RITH is made up of people from all different social and religious backgrounds.
We believe the Bible is the “inspired” Word of God (2 Tim 3:16) and it is without error. However, there may be error in our interpretation of the Bible’s meaning. For that reason, we feel that the church of Jesus Christ is called to operate in humility seeking always to walk in the “spirit of truth”. We believe that truth is arrived at in a collective sense; that is, listening and learning from church history and from our contemporaries who love the Lord and His Word.
We also believe that the Word of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit will cause people to experience God’s reality and relevance in their life. In John 4:24, Jesus talks about the ministry of the Spirit and the ministry of the Word (truth). John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We believe the Holy Spirit is still active in the world to help people, and that the gifts of the Spirit are real, relevant, and for today. (1 Cor. 12, 14) For that reason, we could also be called a Spirit-filled church.
It is our desire to be a church that experiences the transforming love and power of Jesus as the early disciples did as recorded in the New Testament.
Is River in the Hills part of another church?
No, we are not. However, both within and without RITH, there are accountability structures in place for the safety of our members and the pastoral leadership team. We have an elder board that provides financial oversight and accountability to the pastors and staff. Furthermore, RITH is under the authority of an outside council of three men who have a combined ministry experience of over 75 years.
What kind of worship do you have?
Our worship is considered to be contemporary. We sing a mixture of new songs and hymns. The worship time at RITH is not a concert for spectators, nor is it just a nice way to begin a service. Psalm 100:4 tells us it is the prescribed way into the presence of God.
Psalm 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”
Therefore, since praise and thanksgiving is the means by which we enter into the presence of God, we devote a significant amount of time towards worship. We don’t come to church just to talk about God. Our desire is to actually experience the presence of God.
There is freedom at RITH to stand or sit during worship. Some people may desire to kneel at their chair or at the altar. The bottom line is that we encourage an atmosphere for genuine worship from the heart.
“And everything will live wherever the river flows.” Ezekiel 47:9