God’s Word - Fellowship - Breaking of Bread - Prayer
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God (II Tim. 3:16), without error in the original writings (II Peter 1:20-21), the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of those who believe, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (II Peter 1:3-4).
We believe in one God, (Deut. 6:4; I Tim. 2:5-6) the Creator of all things (Genesis 1, Psalm 135:5-9), infinitely perfect, sovereign, all knowing (Proverbs 15:3, Hebrews 4:13) and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 21:33, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14).
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man (John 1:14; 8:58; Phil. 2:6-8), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and born of Mary, a virgin (Luke 1:26-35, Matt. 1:20,23). He died on the cross, the only effective and acceptable sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scripture (Rom.3:24-26, 1 Peter 1:10-11, Isa. 53:5). Further, He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven (I Cor. 15.4-8; Acts 1.9), where at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Heb. 1:2-4) He is now the believers High Priest and Advocate (Heb. 8:1).
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John14:26), to convict individuals of sin, to regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5-8; 16:7-11); to indwell (Rom. 8:9), guide (John 16:13), instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and sacrifice (John 14:16-17). The Spirit is the seal of our salvation, the future guarantee that God will keep His promises (Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30).
We believe that man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27), but fell into sin and is therefore lost (Rom. 3:23); only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (Titus 3.5).
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7) and His resurrection (Eph. 2:6) provide the only ground for justification and salvation (Rom. 5:8-11) for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ as Savior are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (John 1:12; 3:3, Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church (Matt. 3:13-17; Acts 8:36-39; I Cor. 11:23-29). They are not, however, to be regarded as means of salvation (Eph. 2:9).
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:8) and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Head (Rom 8:9; Col. 1:18).
We believe in the personal coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thess. 4:13-18). and that great hope of always being with the Lord has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (1 John 2:28-29; Titus 2:13). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (II Cor. 5:8; Rev. 22:3-5); of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in hell (II Thess. 1:8-9; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-33) We believe that marriage is an institution created by God in which one man and one woman commit themselves to each other in covenant for life. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; Mal. 2:14). We believe that a person’s gender is determined by God as evidenced by their reproductive organs at birth (Gen. 1:27).
Luke and his wife Erin have been serving with Ravalli Bible Fellowship since its start in January 2020. Luke grew up in Montana and met Erin at Bible College in Upstate NY. Together they served in a local church in West Virginia and as missionaries in South Africa before the Lord called them to serve on the Flathead Indian Reservation.