A Progressive Baptist Congregation in a Historic Setting
Welcome to our home in cyberspace! Our church in Riverside is a place where all people are welcomed, all people are encouraged, and all people are inspired to live out of their true selves. We believe that everyone is made in the image of God, who is revealed to us most expressively through the loving-kindness of Jesus Christ. So, our mission is to tell our community how valuable and dear they really are. When people understand how much they are loved, lives change! We do this through weekly worship gatherings; spiritual education; artistic expression; and serving the poor here in Riverside. Regardless of where you’re at on your spiritual journey, you will be welcomed as one who is loved by God at our historic, progressive, and remarkable church.
Sunday Morning: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night: 6:00 p.m. We meet weekly to seek, worship, and honor God through prayer, music, ancient readings, and preaching. Our worship gatherings take place on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock, and everyone is welcomed regardless of you age, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or nationality. All are welcomed and all will be treated with dignity and respect. We also meet each Wednesday night at 6 o’ clock for a meal and discussion concerning the spiritual life. Comfort food combined with intellectual rigor make for a dynamic and transformative conversation. Whether you come on a Sunday morning or a Wednesday night, we look forward to seeing you!
Jesus Christ lived a life of compassion and sacrificial giving for the poor; he lived a life of wholeness and healing for the dis-eased; and he lived a life of justice for those were on the short end of the stick. He was fruitful, for sure; and he used anything and everything he could to teach us to do the same. Paul tells the first generation of disciples of Christ in his letter to the Colossians that “Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” And so for followers of Christ, Jesus was certainly with God in the Garden of Eden when he blessed Adam and Eve, telling them to be fruitful and multiply. There is no room for misunderstanding here: a life with Jesus Christ is an invitation to bear fruit, to grow, to mature, and to continue to become.