RiverLakes Community Church is a thriving, growing community of Christ followers, who are committed to make disciples who make disciples for Jesus Christ. Because of Christ, we have become a people who seek with all of our hearts to love and worship the God of the Bible who has so powerfully saved us.
He has called us to be a “City on a Hill” and a light to the world. We are compelled by our love for Christ to obey His command to make disciples. Jesus said in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” We believe a disciple is one who is:
As we look through the lens of God’s Word, we believe that God has called us to action in three specific areas of focus:
From Jesus’ perspective, a disciple is one who follows Him. The Bible makes it very clear the only way to eternal life and a relationship with God the Father is through His son, Jesus Christ. Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. This gift of grace is accomplished when we admit our sin and place our faith and trust in Jesus, the one who gave His life for us so that we might have life eternal.
There is a growing population of people in the greater Bakersfield area who are in desperate need of the life transforming message of the Gospel. We believe God has uniquely positioned us in this community at this time to reach these people with the Good News of Jesus. Proclaiming the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus is a command of Scripture and one of our highest priorities and commitments.
As a body of believers, we are compelled to reflect Christ’s character in our lives and to carry out His special work in the world. From the moment we commit our lives to Jesus, we enter into a life-long process where God is transforming us into the image of His son. This spiritual growth occurs as we commit to know God’s Word, apply it to our lives and embrace it as the final authority for all life.
Our goal is to be a Church that makes disciples who make disciples. We believe this spiritual growth process best takes place in relational discipleship environments where people are committed to growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. These relational environments are the primary vehicle to meet the spiritual and physical needs of our people through disciplined learning, accountability, prayer and unconditional love. We are also committed to developing intentional leaders through on-going training and discipleship modeling. RiverLakes is a place where families can grow in a safe, inviting and wholesome environment with opportunities for learning, loving and fun for all ages.
A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ. His mission was about loving people. When we commit to follow Jesus and allow Him to grow and mature us, we cannot help but care about what He cares about most. We will be a people who give our lives away for His sake through acts of love and service to others. We were once alienated from God, but because of Christ, we who were poor in spirit and hurting, are now rich in Him (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35 to love one another as He has loved us. By displaying this kind of love, people will know that we are His disciples. One of our priorities at RiverLakes is to encourage our people to use their gifts, talents and resources to build up the body of Christ.
We are also committed to serving the poor, struggling and hurting in our community with the goal and purpose of leading them to the source of true life transformation, Jesus. Jesus commanded us to show kindness to the poor, hurting and dispossessed in our community, just as we were shown kindness by Him.
In addition God’s Word clearly commands the Church to “make disciples of all nations.” Jesus is Lord and He died for the sins of people from all nations. We are compelled to devote time and resources to fulfilling the “Great Commission” of our Lord Jesus.