Our Mission & Vision

We desire to Seek God, Love Others and Impact the World as Jesus Christ teaches.  We are Christ followers who want to experience and express the everyday relevancy of the transforming Good News of Jesus Christ to a world which needs to hear and see His good news!
 
At RCF, our Vision is also our process.  We intentionally engage in a life of Seeking God, Loving Others and Impacting the World.  We didn’t just make this up, but Jesus actually taught and modeled these central life changing ideas.
 
SEEK GOD
In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 verse 33, Jesus instructed his followers to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
 He asked them to seek God the Father in their everyday lives.
Some of the ways we “Seek God” include reading and studying the Bible, praying and worshipping God every day, and, of course, being a part of corporate worship and celebration gatherings on Sunday mornings.
 
LOVE OTHERS
Also in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 7 verse 12, Jesus challenges his followers by saying, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” You may have heard of this as the so-called “Golden Rule.”  Jesus summed up his relational teaching in this challenge and in the gospel of Mark, chapter 12 verse 31, where he said “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We can “love others” in many ways and in many places.  We practice this part of our vision by being involved with people and aware of their needs.  We all can be intentional about Loving Others while we are involved in our RCF Community Groups, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our families, and with people across our everyday lives.

IMPACT THE WORLD
After Jesus’ resurrection and just before he ascended to heaven, he instructed his disciples to “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.” (Mark 16:15 The Message).  He wants his people to be impacting their world with the good news of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Impacting people usually involves serving them in some way. There are endless ways to be used in this way.  At RCF, we encourage people to be involved in serving others in many big and small ways.  For example, one could shovel snow off of a neighbor’s driveway, provide a fun decorated trunk at our annual Trunk or Treat, give of service time to local outreach like the Crisis Pregnancy Center or the Salvation Army, or be involved in our missions ministry impacting the world outside of Reno.
 
 

Our Vision at RCF

is guided and shaped by seven core Values:

Witness •Worship • Word •Withness • Wholeness • Walk • Work

 
Witness: 
We believe that reaching lost people for Christ is the highest priority for God and His church.  We intend to prioritize our ministries so that we will regularly see people entering into a relationship with Christ.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Luke. 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” …. 10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” …. 31 ”‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Worship:
We believe that every human being has a core need for a relevant worship encounter and relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We desire to have powerful worship encounters in our Sunday services that pour over into new relationships with Christ and powerful daily living that reflects God.

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse …”

Ecclesiastes 3:10 “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men….”

Acts 17:23 “Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.”

1 Timothy 2:3 “God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

2 Peter 3:9 “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Word: 
We believe that God has an unchanging and life-changing message for all people.  Our ministries will always have God’s Word as their guide for direction and standard of evaluation.

Psalm 119:160 “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”

Matthew 5:18 “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes …. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed ….”

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Withness: 
We believe that transparent relationships and loving community are the critical contexts in which each human being comes into contact with God, finds healing in God, and grows in relationship with God.  We desire to see everyone at RCF involved in an intentional, regular, and transparent community group.

“love one another … accept one another … instruct one another … care for one another … serve one another in love … carry each other’s burdens … teach and admonish one another … encourage each other … spur one another on to love and good deeds … confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed … offer hospitality to one another … love one another”

Wholeness: 
We believe that God desires for every person to grow in spiritual, emotional, and relational wholeness.  We endeavor to build a culture of truth, honesty, and growth.

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Galatians 5:16 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. … 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. … 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control.”

Ephesians 4:22 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Walk: 
We believe that God desires for every human being to become a growing, self-feeding, self-replicating Christ-follower.  Our goal is to build a culture of reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18 “….grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:3 “…. your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”

1 Corinthians 3:1 “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ.  2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.  3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?”

Hebrews 5:11 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.  12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Work: 
We believe that God uniquely calls, gifts, and empowers Christ-followers to serve His church and the world.  We desire not just to fill the ministry slots of the church, but to empower and equip every member of RCF in finding the ministry to which Jesus Christ has uniquely called them.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

1 Corinthians 12:7 “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”