Doctrine is important, but so are the principles of God that He gives us throughout the Bible. These principles challenge us to rethink our views about nearly everything in life. This section captures a few of these principles that we are growing in our understanding at River Cross Church. 

  • Loving God and others > loving myself

    Jesus said the two most important commandments are to love God and love others. Several times we are told to put others before ourselves. To grow in your faith means that you are less selfish today than you were yesterday. As a church, we encourage one another to move in this direction.

  • Acting real > acting good

    The fact is that the church has a long history of people pretending to be someone they are not - the word for that is hypocrite - but it is easy to see how that happens. Just about everything else we do works on the basis of common skills and/or views. We play sports with people who like to play sports, we learn to cook with people who like to cook, we appreciate art with people who appreciate art, etc. So it stands to reason that when we go to church, we think we need to look like we have it altogether because we assume everyone in church has it altogether. That is so far from the truth - just be yourself. 

  • Being transformed by Jesus > being improved by myself

    Everyone knows that something is wrong. That's why we're always trying to fix ourselves. Oprah made a lot of money trying to help fix people. The bookstores are full of self-help books. However, Christianity is different. Jesus never said He was coming to make us into a better version of ourselves. He came to give us a new life. As we grow in our faith, we are being transformed to be more like Jesus. We will see that transformation as He produces fruit in our lives - the fruit of love, joy, peace, etc. The key is that it is produced by God, not manufactured by us.

  • Doing life together > doing life alone

    As a Christian, we are to be in this world, not of it. We have to realize that we need one another for encouragement and understanding, otherwise we will fall into the seductive traps of this world. Jesus built the church so that we would have a community to belong to and grow in. We are referred to as one body with many parts, and God has provided a body for all of us. Don't miss out on getting connected to the body, aka church, that God has for you.

  • Sharing my faith > keeping my faith private

    There is nothing that God gives you that He doesn't want you to give away. He has a bigger plan than just you; however, He wants you to join Him in that plan. The only way someone will come to know the saving grace of Jesus is if they have been told about Him. If you are a Christian, someone told you about Jesus. Our faith is a personal decision, but it is not a private one. Always be ready to share the hope in Jesus that you have.

  • Giving my time, talents, and treasure > using them for myself

    Just like God wants you to give your faith away, He wants you to give your time, talent, and treasure to His work in this world. As a Christian, it is important to know that God owns everything, and we are just stewards of His things. He has given us time, talent, and treasures to be used for His work. He wants us to join Him in what He is doing by using what He has given us.