IMPERFECT PEOPLE. PERFECT GOD.
moving people closer to the heart of God.
Imagine a community of Front Porch People, engaging each other in genuine relationships. A city who gives generously to those in need, embracing a lifestyle of service, filled with households and neighborhoods laboring together to improve the lives of all within. Families centering their busy schedules for life on purpose, being available to the opportunities and relationships God places them in. People seeking to rediscover the longing God has placed in their hearts for something real, fulfilling and eternal. A city on mission, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ reviving hearts, one by one, throughout Bismarck and Mandan.
We will cultivate a lifestyle of intentional, authentic relationships in our 1, 2 and 3 (home, work and play). We will reclaim family time while serving together and opening our home to those around us. We will love where we live, become Front Porch People, and make the most of every opportunity to love those God has placed around us.
Nowadays in America, we spend time with our friends and family in our backyards, surrounded by 6-foot-high privacy fences. It’s rare to see people sitting on their front porch—or for that matter, it’s rare to see a front porch. We are striving to bring back the front porch lifestyle! We want to open our homes to people living in our neighborhoods. We want to know our neighbors, not just know their first names. We want to slow down, meet with, and develop relationships with the people all around us.
We are passionate about relationships—real, deep and genuine—the kind of friendships that allow you to bare your soul, struggles and passions. At Revive Christian Church, we provide many types and levels of commitment for you to build relationships and connect with people just like you. You can start by attending our weekly worship gatherings, where you will experience heart-filled teaching and chain-breaking worship. We also encourage you to join a ReGroup and connect with a small group of people committed to spiritual growth and serving our city.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
// COLOSSIANS 4:5-6
We will respond to the command to love God with all of our heart; our hearts will respond by loving our neighbors. We will respond generously to the needs around us, becoming the hands and feet of the Gospel. We will take the church to the city, while living out love in practical ways. We will intentionally represent the heart of God to Bismarck.
As we move closer to the heart of God, our hearts will naturally be drawn into loving and serving others. We are a church who doesn’t just open our doors and hope people will come in. We are the Church. We take the love of Christ out into Bismarck and address real needs in our city. If you have a passion for serving others, we invite you to join us as we serve people here in Bismarck, Mandan and beyond, using the resources and talents God has blessed us with.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
// MARK 12:30-31
We will nurture an environment of reproducing Christ-followers. We will strive to imitate Christ daily, model Jesus to those around us, and become transparent in the way we live for Christ. We will make everything we do simple, biblical and reproducible—being a movement of Christ-followers in our city.
Jesus did it perfectly with His disciples. He spent focused time with them showing them the ropes, teaching them, providing hands-on training, and then releasing them to serve and produce disciples in His absence. We work to develop more leaders, more Christ-followers to send out into Bismarck, Mandan and beyond to produce even more disciples of Jesus. The goal is to develop leaders who will continue to carry the Gospel anywhere and everywhere they go.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
// 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1
We will rejoice in everything God is doing in and through us, His Church. We will rejoice as we see the lost become found, hearts revived, and lives changed. We will rejoice as we worship our Creator.
As Christ-followers, we have many reasons to celebrate. God is always at work, even during difficult times. We know the ending to our story. God has promised us eternal life in a place we cannot begin to dream about! We know the middle of our story can be filled with pain and heartache. If you are going through a difficult time and need some guidance, please CONTACT US. We are here to help, and we pray you will hold out hope and find a reason to celebrate the faithfulness of God.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
// 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
We believe there is one God. God created the world. He continues to create life. He is judge. He is faithful. He is forgiving. He does not change. He cannot lie, break promises, or divorce you. He is a jealous God. He will pursue your heart, and allow your heart to break, grieve and long for Him. He is love.
1 Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 7:11; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Micah 7:18; Deuteronomy 5:9; 1 John 4:8
We believe Jesus is God’s son. He lived a perfect life. He is both fully human and fully God. He healed people, spoke truth and stood up for those who couldn’t. He came to earth to die, not for glory or self-indulgence. He died so that we may live, forever. He was raised to life, after His death. He is alive now, with God.
Matthew 16:16; John
God’s spirit is His gift to us. He dwells in those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He will counsel, comfort, teach and empower. He is that voice urging us to do more, be more, and to boldly “Go.”
Acts 2:38; John 14:17,26; John 16:8,13
Nothing has stood the test of time like God’s Word. For centuries, people have tried to refute it, live against it, and have as little to do with it as possible. It is absolute, true and divinely written through inspired human authors. When it comes to living faithfully and the way we go about our business, it is the authority.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
We have all failed God. It’s called sin and we are all guilty. God is our father, and He and He alone loves us unconditionally. Through Jesus’ death, God has provided a way for us, broken people, to be made whole again. This is done privately by faith (believing that God has the power to save) and repentance (turning back to God, depending on Him, and allowing Him to direct our lives). At the same time, we publicly confess our acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior and submit ourselves to baptism.
Romans 3:23; Hebrews 3:12; Romans 8:38-39; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9
We are created in the image of God. This means all of us have characteristics of God woven in and through us. Since God is love, we too are made to love. We are created to love emotionally, physically and spiritually. We are created to glorify and honor God. In all we do, we are to bring God joy.
Genesis 1:27; Acts 4:12; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:4
The biggest misconception in today’s congregations is that we identify churches as buildings. The Church is the people, the body of Christ. The Church is a gathering of imperfect people striving to be a part of something greater and bigger than themselves—sharing thoughts, feelings and frustrations about life and the journey God has them on. It is people wanting their hearts revived, minds renewed and lives transformed. It is not a place, rather a people, struggling with different parts of life, moving closer to the heart of God.