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ABOUT US

R I V E R S  stands for Reaching every Individual, Valuing, Equipping and Releasing them for Service in God's Kingdom for God's glory.

It's a church that is about family, friends, and fellowship. Our motive is to create an atmosphere where everyone can feel at home to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. We endeavor to accomplish this by genuinely yielding our hearts to those around us.

We purposely exist to Exalt the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to Edify each member of His Body, to Equip them for service, and to mobilize them to Evangelize the world through the Gospel and our living testimonies.

As the ROLIM song goes, "Come, join us in the Rivers of Life Family... Where happy faces you can see... There is joy, peace and happiness... Exalting... Edifying...
Equipping... Evangelizing... In the name of Jesus, the one and only King...", we want to invite you to join us and be an instrument of God's salvation to all mankind. It is our duty as part of God's family to share the good news to our neighbors, friends and relatives. By fulfilling the Great Commission we are bringing souls to God.
CHURCH HISTORY

God indeed has a unique way of bringing something into being and making things happen on behalf of His children.

It was in August 11, 2002 at 11:00 in the morning when the first formal worship service commenced at the basement of the Schaper’s family residence . This marked the beginning of Rivers of Life International, a local family –oriented church that was built out of God's perfect plan whose foundation is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prior to this date, different groups of believers led by Pastor Shane Torres were already meeting in camp sites, parks, halls and backyards of generous families ( Francisco's, Villaraza's, and Quintos’). This gathering of people which in essence is already a church - the “called out ones” sought God in prayer.

Through the encouragement of Rev. John Lucas of FCA ( Fellowship of Christian Assemblies) and other friends, the Lord spoke into the heart of Pastor Shane and heeded God’s calling to serve the Lord and continue the work that God has entrusted to him. More worship services suc-ceeded and more significant events took place . In just a few months, ROLIM grew from a small group of believers to hundreds of gospel– motivated disciples of our Lord Je-sus Christ.

From different venues, ROLIM moved to Jesus Glorious Church who generously shared their building. In February 2003, with the assistance of Pastor Ben Mapa of the FMF ( Filipino Ministerial Fellowship), ROLIM became an authentic government-registered local church. Blessings after blessings came, church workers rose up and the dif-ferent ministries were established. God made everything possible on behalf of His children. ROLIM then moved to unit # 8 then to unit 10 of the same building.

From the material blessings to acquire the church fa-cilities and equipments to the amazing things happen-ing on the individual lives of each member, the Lord showed forth His provision, presence and power.

Yes, at its birth, ROLIM continued to experience the awesome power of the Almighty God: souls are being saved, lives are being changed, marriages are being restored, broken hearts and the sick are being healed, families reunite, wombs open, forgiveness flows, pros-perity abounds, and visions and dreams come true. In-deed, the Word of God becomes alive in the hearts and lives of the ROLIM members. And with God’s sustain-ing grace and power, ROLIM continually grows in all aspects and strives for excellence in every good work for His glory.

Moreover, ROLIM believes that the river of God is a river of blessing to every living thing that is touched by it. A life that is totally immersed in the river of God brings forth fruitful results. Because the river of God empowers , extends our scope, increases our ability and skills, enables us to do significant and greater pursuits for Him. Thus, the rivers will go further and beyond not only in Toronto but to the ends of the earth.

Life is like a river ...a river flows into the sea and rain comes to replenish the rivers. Ecclesiastes 1:7 The Good that we do to others flows towards the Lord but He sends them back to refill us so that more good will come . Indeed, a circle of good.

OUR VISION

Every ROLIM member comes to growth and maturity and lives a productive and Spirit-filled life that models Christ.

OUR MISSION

“Reaching every Individual for Christ, Valuing, Equipping and Releasing them for Service (RIVERS) for His Purposes and Glory”

WHAT WE BELIEVE
  • The entire Bible with the Old and New Testaments is fully inspired by God and is the supreme and final authority in all matters of beliefs, practices and priorities.
  • In one Triune God, eternally existing in Three Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit .
  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
  • The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, and that He, as the indwelling One teaches, comforts, convicts and empowers us -giving each person diverse gifts for serving the church and serving others.
  • Man was created in the image God, but separated from God by sin and need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with Him through His shed blood on the cross.
  • Salvation is a gift, made available through the grace of God and by repenting and confessing our sins to God, believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and accepting Him as Lord, we can spend eternity with God.
  • The Church is made up of all believers everywhere in the world and the Lord Jesus Christ is its Head. Every member must belong to a local church a group of believers who are organized to do God's will and observe two ordinances in commemoration of His person and work: water baptism and the partaking of the Lord's Supper.
  • In the sure return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom on earth, that this second coming will be a literal, bodily, personal return; and that His coming for His bride, the Church, constitutes the "blessed hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking.
  • That every believer must be filled with Holy Spirit ; grow and mature in the Lord through worship, fellowship, study of the word, prayer and the renewing of the mind; and must dedicate himself/herself to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives