The name “Riverbend” is based on the Lehigh Riverbend between Allentown and Bethlehem. (Also, where we meet on Sunday mornings!). This river is a visual representation of our mission — Just as it flows through the valley, It’s our desire to “flood” the Valley with the living water of Jesus. In the last decade we have had the privilege to be in and for the Lehigh Valley!
We started serious prayer & planning for Riverbend Community Church in May 2008. During the first 15 months we held monthly Preview Gatherings, monthly Events, several weekly Community Groups. We also wrote down our beliefs, established by-laws, became incorporated, developed a children's ministry, got our finances in order, opened a checking account, and got a mailbox. And Riverbend Community Church was launched on September 13, 2009.
Then, after five years, God started stirring the hearts of a group from Nazareth who approached us with the desire to see what God had started in their own lives continue to impact those in their community. After a whirlwind of praying, preparing, and more praying, Riverbend Nazareth was launched November 16, 2014.
The vision continues to be refined, and probably will continue to do so forever. We are depending on the Lord to cause effective ministry to be done, and we heartily welcome you to join us on this journey!
What We Do.
Ultimately, our desire is to help people live for Jesus and love the valley. Yet we know that people are at a variety of places in the spiritual journey, so we want to meet them wherever they are at and help them take the next step towards following Jesus. This is discipleship. We do this through our Gatherings, Groups, and Events, by being in and for our community, making disciples together in real, everyday ways, and equipping people to do what God has created them to do. We live this out through our values.
In response to Jesus' finished work on our behalf, through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, we follow Jesus by:
We respond to Jesus by obeying what God has spoken to us through the Bible and we recognize it as the final authority for our lives. John 8:31-32, John 14:15, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:26-27 & Hebrews 4:12.
Captivating through Compassion:
We want to follow Jesus' example and be a church marked by a compassion that draws those around us to God. Mark 5:21-43, 6:30-44, Matthew 27
We want to develop real relationships that help us know Jesus and to make Him known. Mark 3:13-14, 12:30-31, 1 John 4:7-11, 1 Peter 4:8-10, 2 Cor. 9:12-13
In every area of life we strive to glorify God by making Him our first priority. John 4:23-24 Romans 12:1-2 & Colossians 3:16-17.
Engaging Our Community:
As a church we want to be involved, active, and impactful in the community. James 2:8, Philippians 2:2-5, Philippians 2:14-16, James 2:1-5 & Acts 2:46-46.
Growing With God:
We desire to have a growing relationship with God that help others to grow in their relationship with God because God desires a relationship with us. Colossians 2:6-7, Col. 1:10, Joshua 1:8
We desire to empower individuals to live out their God given potential according to their talents, passions and gifts. Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 10:24-25 & John 13:34-35.