It really started in prayer. Five brothers in the Lord. Hungry for personal growth. Longing for real joy in Jesus. For months we talked with the Lord about what we were longing for as we listened for what He might want to do. After many weeks, we felt something begin to come into focus.
Peter encourages Christians to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). That is what we were longing for—we wanted to grow. And we came to realize that many Christians shared this longing.
Many who do know Jesus are not experiencing real growth in their understanding of grace, their grasp of Scripture, and their life with Jesus. Sincere in their faith, they yet remain at a loss as to how to pursue genuine, Biblical, personal growth. Those were the things we were feeling.
It is not that pastors and churches are not intent on the same end point. It is not that Christians don’t have churches where they are connected and rooted. But even good churches and passionate leadership can find themselves challenged to provide consistent training and equipping for their people because of limits of staff, resources, and time.
And, thus, The River was born—a cooperative ministry venture that supplements what local churches are doing to promote growth and spiritual health in the lives of Christians across denominational lines. The River offers Bible-school quality training, presenting classes that are free, conveniently scheduled, and geared to the needs and longings of the “average Christian.”
The River exists to partner with local churches and connect with individual Christians who long for growth and are looking for resources, tools, and curriculum that can aid us all to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I’m discovering how to go into a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible without having to go to seminary. There’s an excitement spreading for understanding God’s Word.
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