• Core practices

    In every organization, there are a set of practices that help the individual accomplish the vision. These help set direction and keep the organization on the right course. These are nothing more than "goals" that help the organization know when it’s time to celebrate a victory.

     

    At Richwood Church of Christ, we exist to gather people to Jesus' family, grow them into fully devoted Christ followers, and equip them to give with their spiritual gifts as we go share God's love with the church and the world, in order to glorify God.

    GLORIFY God and Christ

    GO tell others about Christ

    GATHER them into the body of Christ

    GROW them into fully devoted Christ followers

    GIVE of ourselves for Christ

  • core values

    We are guided by these six core values…

    The Bible is Our Final Authority

    We are Set Apart for God’s Plan

    We are Guided by the Holy Spirit

    God Answers the Prayers of His People

    We are Members of the Body of Christ Serving our Community

    We Give because God Gave First

    The Bible is Our Final Authority

    People matter to God and therefore they matter to us. That’s why we desire to always live out the teaching’s of Jesus in our daily lives. The more we are like Jesus, the more we will be able to show people that they matter to God and to us. Being true to God’s Word is not always easy and it’s not always what the culture around us expects us to do – that’s why we should always come back to the fact the Bible is our final authority in every situation and with every person.

    We are Set Apart for God’s Plan

    We desire to always be passionate about God’s plan for the world and we believe that God has "set apart" Christians to accomplish this plan. Luke 15 shares the importance of “seeking the lost” and “going after the 1.”  It is our desire to BE THE CHURCH to ALL PEOPLE, no matter the consequence. We believe that God has set apart His followers to accomplish this Great Commission.

    We are Guided by the Holy Spirit

    We understand that as we live our lives for Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to transform our lives and the more we are guided and "keep in step" with the Spirit, the more we will be able to live as Christ. We believe that God desires an intimate relationship with every believer and works through every believer through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit helps guide us and direct us.

    God Answers the Prayers of His People

    People matter to God and therefore they matter to us. That's why we desire to be a praying church that is devoted to prayer. We don't want to just be a church that prays, but we believe that prayer is the lifeline of the church and a vital part of every disciples relationship with God.

    We are Members of the Body of Christ Serving our Community

    People matter to God and therefore they matter to us. That’s why we desire to always be united as the Body of Christ. As a united body we also know that God has gifted us to use our gifts, talents and resources for the glory of God and the growth of HIS KINGDOM. It is important for every believer to use his/her spiritual gifts for the growth of the church and the spread of the good news. We believe that each person is uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit to fulfill a specific and unique place within the “Body of Christ” as they serve the community to make disciples.

    We Give because God Gave First

    We desire to always be good stewards of every resource God has given us. We know that money, time, energy, family and personal hobbies all are important to people; as they should be. We also know that God has called us to live a life of generosity and to give to others with joy. The only way to truly do this is to be good stewards of God’s resources. We know that everything we have has come from God first (our time, our finances, our facilities, our gifts, our families, and our talents). They all belong to God and we have been given the opportunity to show that we can handle more. God desires that we use them wisely; and He promises to increase our talents if we do so.

  • core beliefs

    Here you will find our essential truths.

    These things don’t change at Richwood Church of Christ.

    This is what we believe, and it’s who we are at the core as a church.

    About God

    We believe there is one divine being who has existed eternally. He exists and reveals Himself to man in three distinct, equally divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While we cannot fully comprehend His divine nature, it is possible for people to know Him – through the figure of the Father. At the beginning of time, God created the entire universe and all its creatures. He continues to exercise His supreme power to sustain His creation. Throughout history He has expressed His desire to be our God and to have a personal, eternal relationship with us. We believe that God loves us and wants what is best for us.

    About Jesus

    We believe that Jesus is the eternal divine Son of God. He chose voluntarily to be made in human likeness and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus gave up his position of authority and power to re-establish himself with us on earth, in order to completely pay our penalty for sin. Although He lived a sinless life He allowed Himself to be executed by crucifixion. His death paid the penalty for the offenses of mankind against God. However, as prophesied, He rose from the dead three days after His execution. After appearing to witnesses on a number of occasions for forty days, He ascended into heaven where He now serves as the Mediator between God and man. We believe that at the end of time He will again visibly return to earth to complete His eternal plan.

    About the Holy Spirit

    The third person of God is the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in every Christ follower. His indwelling presence gives spiritual life to believers and distinguishes them as children of God. The Holy Spirit is what sets us apart from the World and makes us HOLY – Not our works. The Holy Spirit guides Christ followers in understanding and applying God’s principles and values. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, Christ followers are empowered to live Christ-like lives. The Holy Spirit also equips Christ followers with talents and abilities for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom, protects us from the outside forces and allows us to know God more and more as we gain spiritual maturity.

    About People

    God created mankind to live in relationship with Him. However, the first man and woman were deceived by Satan. They rebelled and chose to be wrongfully independent from God. Their decision alienated them from God. Every human being since that time has suffered the consequences of that rebellion. We all fail to please God and are open to Satan’s deception. Our failure to please God and follow God’s Word, unless a relationship is re-established with Him, results in condemnation under God’s judgment and would cause us to spend eternity in hell. Furthermore, our works can not reestablish our relationship with God nor can we be “good enough” to re-connect with God – it’s only by God’s grace that we are saved.

    About the Bible

    God divinely inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books of the Bible. He communicated through these writers the values, principles, and ideals which please Him and are in our best interests. We believe the Bible is entirely accurate, complete, and reliable. We look to the Bible for the revelation of the character of God and the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct.

    About Our Relationship with God

    Our inability to reestablish our relationship with God leaves us dependent on God’s mercy. God graciously provided the means to reconcile this relationship through faith in Jesus Christ. Our relationship is re-established when we make a commitment to accept Jesus as God’s son and our Savior and Lord. Through faith in Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven, and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life. Practically speaking, this acceptance is demonstrated through a number of ways. We demonstrate our personal commitment of faith: by repentance (belief that God has the power to save us and turning back to God and depending on Him to control our lives). At the same time, we confess our commitment by confessing our acceptance of God’s salvation and submitting ourselves in Christian Baptism. All the commitments are important to a believer who wants to re-establish his connect with God. To desire one without the others is to only desire part of God’s goodness.

    About Our New Life

    Once our relationship is re-established with God, we naturally want to spend time with Him and know Him better. The Holy Spirit guides us as we read God’s Word – the Bible, as we take time to connect with God in prayer, and as we seek out God-given relationships through participating in a Biblical community with other Christ followers focused on serving the “least of these.” In this way we begin to know God more personally. As we become acquainted with God we desire to be like Him and please Him and do the good things that he has planned for us. This process of spiritual development motivates us to seek ways to serve God and prepares us to spend eternity in fellowship with Him.

    About The Church

    We believe the church represents Jesus Christ to a needy world. The Bible speaks of the church as Christ’s body. The Bible compares the church to a living organism, where Jesus is the head. God arranges the parts of the body, Christians//Christ Followers, just as He wants them to be and gives each Christian special functions to perform for the good of the body through the Holy Spirit. The church is centered on five key principles: Discipleship, Fellowship, Worship, Evangelism and Service. We believe as a church – we are to embody these five principles as we live out our faith in Jesus Christ.

  • What we believe about baptism

    Romans 6:2-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

    Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism,

    we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

    Baptism - Immersion

    What is it?

    The immersion of the sinner (Romans 6:2-6) into the grave of water as direct response and obedient action toward God’s call to be a follower of Christ in accordance to His Word.

    Why should I be baptized?

    We should be baptized to follow Christ’s example (Matthew 3:13-17), to obey Christ’s command (Matthew 28:18), to accept forgiveness of sins (Acts2:38-47), to express trust in Christ (Acts 8:12-13), and it follows confession of belief and a repentant heart toward God.

    It also testifies to our union with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection as a we look at God’s work in our lives (Romans 6:1-8; Galatians 3:27). Baptism serves as a “cleansing of a guilty conscience” (1 Peter 3:21). The Holy Spirit prompts individuals to recognize their sin and guilt. The “washing away” of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:27-10:7).

    Baptism is the part of God’s plan that best expresses our obedience to Christ’s command to give away our life and clearly demonstrates our new commitment to Christ, in order to receive a new life in Christ and a clear conscience concerning sin ( Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:18-21)

    Who should be baptized?

    All those who hear the gospel and are willing to repent of their sins, confess their trust, commitment, and belief in Christ should be baptized (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7).It is not limited to a certain group of people as shown by the example of the first Gentiles accepted into the faith (Acts 10:34-47) and the conversion of one who put Christ followers to death, Paul (Acts 9:10-19)

    Is there an age requirement?

    The Bible does not specify a certain age. At RCC, we believe someone should be mature enough to know the meaning of baptism including the desire to become committed to following Christ.Typically older youth and adults understand this better than younger children. At RCC, we do not baptize infants. Instead we ask parents to commit to raising their children for Christ (1 Samuel 1:21-29; Luke 2:21-24).

    When should I be baptized?

    A person should be baptized at the time he or she trusts in Christ as their savior and lord. The Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but in the New Testament church, a person’s baptism was always the first expression of faith, not separate from it. So baptism was not just a symbol or a memorial of faith, but was intended to offer a means of union with Christ and a benchmark of transformation, marking the place and time a person made a commitment to Christ (Romans 6:1-8). As a church we are attempting to keep to the original intent and practice of baptism according to the examples given to us in the New Testament. We believe that a person should be baptized at the point that they are ready to make a commitment to following Christ.

    Do I have to be baptized to become a member?

    Any person who has trusted in Jesus as the only Son of God, confessed and repented of their sins, and who has willingly been immersed into Christ is already part of the family of God. We do not baptize for membership nor do we require anything else for membership. Any immersed believer may become a member of RCC regardless of where they were baptized. If you were baptized at another location we simply ask you to either provide a letter or state your intention in front of the congregation at any service.

    What about being baptized "again"?

    Being baptized for a second time is encouraged for those who don’t remember, were coerced, did it only as a ritual, or for any reason that they feel that their heart was not right with God at their initial baptism experience. Anyone who has fallen into sin after baptism should repent and seek forgiveness, but another baptism is not necessary (Acts 8:13-24).

    Additional Information

    It is not our desire to disregard other church’s particular beliefs regarding baptism, but it is important for Christ Followers to seek unity as part of the body of Christ (the church). We pray for unity, not division, among believers in baptism as well by attempting to follow the early church in their examples of baptism and obedience to Christ.