Righteousness is the second of the three core values at the heart of Three Rivers Church.
This means we value a godly, just and moral way of living as we follow the teachings of Jesus. This impacts both our life choices and also gives rise to our heart and concern for social justice.
This concern for righteousness comes firstly from the character of God himself. The Bible records in Psalm 146:7-9 that ‘He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the way of the wicked'.
As a church this means we take seriously the call of God to follow his example and be holy as he is holy. It also means we will live in such a way that we are the voice, hands and feet of God for those in need as we aim to see his rule and reign of justice, righteousness and mercy make a difference in the world.
This also means we keep central one of the most beautiful truths in Christianity – that Jesus is our righteousness. As the Bible teaches:
‘And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe’. (Romans 3:22)
With humility, we do not think of ourselves as better than anyone else, central to Christian faith is the understanding that true righteousness is impossible for us to attain if it weren’t for the free gift given to us by Jesus. On the cross Jesus exchanged our sin for his perfect sinless righteous life. As a church we want to be confident in our new identity as those who are viewed as righteous by God whilst recognising we are still growing into all that God has made us to be.