Foundational Beliefs

The mission of Four Rivers Outreach is to help men and women develop a real and productive relationship with God, and to overcome their dependence on drugs and alcohol.

Our Foundational Beliefs define who we believe God is, and what we believe our relationship with Him should be.

 God:

We believe there is one true God, who exists forever, and is revealed in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We believe He created everything that exists.  Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

 The Father:

We believe God as Father spoke all of creation into existence, and that He sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.  We believe God the Father reigns in Heaven today, and forever. Genesis 1:1 – 2:3; Psalms 11:4, 47:8.

 The Son:

We believe Jesus Christ is the only Son of God who was born of a virgin, and is therefore fully God, and fully man.  We believe Jesus lived a sinless life, and volunteered to go to the cross to pay for the sins of all men.  We believe after Jesus died on the cross, He rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is our mediator with God.  We believe He will return one day and reign as King of all.  John 1:14; 3:16 – 18; Romans 3:24 – 26.

 The Holy Spirit:

We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence on earth today.  We believe the Holy Spirit helps people understand they are sinners in need of salvation.  After salvation, we believe the Holy Spirit lives inside each Christian helping them control their lives according to God’s perfect will.  1 Corinthians 2:10 – 11, 12:11; John 14:16 – 17, 16:8; Ephesians 1:13

 The Bible:

We believe the Bible is God’s way of communicating with men.  We believe it was written by men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and it is the final authority on our faith, and how we should practice our religion, and live our lives.  2 Timothy 3:16 – 17; 2 Peter 1:21

 Man:

We believe God created man in his own image, both male and female.  We believe man was initially innocent and without sin.  We believe God gave man the freedom to make choices, and man chose to sin.  Because of man’s choice to sin, he is separated from God, and can only be reunited through accepting salvation.  Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16-18; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3.

 Salvation:

We believe all men are sinners.  We believe salvation is the act of reuniting man to God through forgiveness of sin.  We believe salvation is a free gift from God as an act of His grace, and is based on us accepting Jesus as our Savior.  We believe we are called to do good works, but these good works will not lead to salvation.   John 3:16-18, 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:1, 38-39.

 The Church:

We believe the Church is the body of believers, and as Christians, we are commanded to connect with a congregation.  Hebrews 10:24 – 25.

 Prayer:

We believe prayer is the act of talking with God.  We believe prayer is more than asking God for things we want, prayer should include praising God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has done for us, and praying on behalf of others.  2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 6:5 – 14.

 Life as a Christian:

We believe the way a person lives is evidence they are, or are not, following Christ.  A follower of Christ will exhibit certain qualities that serve as evidence they have made a change.  We believe Christians are not perfect, they will make mistakes, but God has promised to forgive our sins if we admit what we’ve done, and ask Him. Romans 12:2;
2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22 – 23.

 Forgiveness:

We believe God is a forgiving God, and we are taught to be a forgiving people.  We believe as Christians, we are called to forgive others for their mistakes.  We also believe Jesus expects us to not continue committing the same sin over and over.  Psalm 103:8 – 12; Matthew 18:21 – 22; John 8:1 – 11; 1 John 1:9.

 Addiction and Recovery:

We believe addiction separates man from God.  We believe recovery can only truly occur when a person allows the Holy Spirit to work with them to help them conquer their addiction.  Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 5.