We’ve been in a series about the lessons that we have learned by strategic church hopping. We plan to launch public Sunday morning worship services in Swissvale (Pittsburgh), PA in 2014, but until then we will visit various churches.
As I’ve talked to people about starting a new church I tell them that River City Church will be different from some churches because our foundation will be the Bible. We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21). Some people respond with the argument that all Christians believe the Bible and so all churches believe the same things about the Bible. From my experience in talking with people and visiting churches I have not found this to be true. For example, no one doubts that the story of God speaking to Moses at the burning bush is in the Bible. However, there are three ways that a person can look at this story. The first way is take the story as it is written: God spoke to Moses through the medium of a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. The second view is that Moses saw a light reflect off of a rock and he thought it resembled a burning bush. The third opinion is that Moses did not visibly see anything but that he had an inner experience that he recorded as God speaking to him through a bush. We believe the first explanation is what truly happened and it’s extremely important.
If we remove the miracles of the Bible, or reinterpret the original author’s message, then we remove the foundation of the church. The greatest miracle of all is that God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) and by believing in Him we might have eternal life.