Welcome to the Home of the Godly Troublemakers
At The Ridge we fancy ourselves to be godly troublemakers. This does not mean that we are obscurantists or blowhards. It means that we love the gospel of Jesus Christ and all that it entails. We believe in the bodily resurrection of King Jesus on the third day. We believe that He has conquered Satan, sin and death and is currently seated at the right hand of the Father in glory. We believe that every square inch of the universe belongs to Him, and that as the church advances throughout the world it is claiming it for Him. We believe that when one repents of their sins and gives their life to Christ through faith in Christ they are saved from eternal damnation.
To those who are called, this is the power of God and the wisdom of God, but to those who are perishing it is a stumbling block and foolishness. Which is why the apostle Paul calls the gospel an offense. Therefore, at The Ridge, our greatest desire is to be faithful to the gospel and all its effects acknowledging that this will create conflict in a fallen world. We do not enjoy conflict nor are we looking for it, but we will never back down from it if the glory of King Jesus is at stake. There is a huge difference between looking for a fight and simply acknowledging that you are already in one. Soli Deo Gloria!
What is a Family Integrated Church?
A family integrated church is just that – family integrated. This means that the first thing you will probably notice is the large number of babies and small children in the worship service with their parents. Family worship is one of the primary distinctions of a family integrated church.
Another distinctive of family integration is the absence of age-segregated ministries, including children’s ministry, youth ministry, etc. Our primary focus is on empowering and equipping family shepherds to lead in their home and raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. This means that men will be held accountable to the work to which God has called them.
Why Family Integration?
First, it’s biblical. When Paul and John address a congregation, they assume that the entire family will be gathered together around the word of God, which is why they address husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children, masters and slaves. The whole church was gathered together around the whole word. Also, the institution that God has appointed to raise children is not the church; it is the home. The Bible is crystal clear that the job of raising godly offspring falls on the parents, not on a youth pastor.
Second, it works. God’s word, when obeyed, produces fruit in individual lives, the home, the church and in our broader communities. When parents are equipped, empowered and held accountable for the discipleship of their children, they will inevitably grow as well. When parents are responsible for their children’s discipleship they are also more mindful of their own walk with the Lord and of the walk of those involved in their children’s lives.
The Fruit of Family Integration
The fruit of family integration is multi-generational faithfulness. Our goal is to raise godly offspring that trust and follow the Lord and then raise their children to trust and follow the Lord, so that they will then raise their children to trust and follow the Lord. Our God is a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He is a God who keeps covenant and blesses to a thousand generations those who love Him.