Our Story

Our Ministry Affiliations

Portuguese Evangelical Alliance

Riverside International Church - Cascais

Riverside International Church - Porto

Riverside International Church - Algarve

Meet our Pastoral Team

Our Beliefs

We are committed to the doctrines which are commonly considered as the essentials of historic, Biblical orthodoxy. Such doctrines are found in the Apostles, Athanasius, and Nicene Creeds. Riverside International Church believes in the following statement of faith:

One Living and True God

God eternally exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-equal in power and glory. He has revealed himself to be perfect in love, holiness and righteousness. He created all, upholds all, and governs all.

The Father

God has revealed Himself as a Father who is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; He hears and answers prayer; and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and who is both true God and true man. He was born of a virgin; lived a sinless life; fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah; performed miracles as evidence of his Messiahship; died a substitutionary, atoning death for our sins; rose bodily from the dead; ascended into heaven; and offers continual intercession for His people.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and is an abiding Helper, Teacher, Gift-giver, and Guide. The true believer receives the Holy Spirit and is baptised into the Body of Christ at conversion, but the Spirit's empowering for Godly living, ministry, and mission must be sought and activated by faith. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can experience repeated fillings and a progressive liberation from the bondage of sin, Satan, and the world.

The Written Word of God, the Bible

The Scripture of the Old and New Testaments are given by divine inspiration and are the written Word of God, the final authority for the lives of believers in every culture and age, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose in reverent obedience to the living Lord who speaks through them in power by his Holy Spirit. The primary purpose of Scripture is to lead to faith in Jesus.

God’s Plan to Save All People

Humans were created in God's image, tempted by the devil and subsequently rebelled against God. Men and woman are fallen in nature and evidence this condition in sinful deeds. Thus, they are sinners under condemnation. God regenerates those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord, declares them righteous, forgives them of their sins, adopts them as His children, baptises them with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of their future resurrection inheritance with Christ, incorporates them into His body, and empowers them for His service.

Water Baptism

We obey Christ’s commandment to baptise every person who believes in Christ. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer — it shows that you already believe. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection, and affirms our new life as Christians. At Riverside, baptism is guided by conscience and conviction, and this is why we will not practice infant baptism.

The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)

We obey Christ’s commandment to proclaim His death and resurrection using the symbols of bread and wine. This simple memorial is an important meeting point in our community, and we invite everyone who believes in Jesus to examine themselves and participate. We have chosen to share the Lord’s Supper once a month in order to maintain the reverence and meaning of this sacred and moving ceremony.

The Believer’s Authority

The believer possesses great authority through Christ over the powers of spiritual darkness led by Satan, the ruler of this world, we actively exercise this authority as we pray, walk by faith, exercise spiritual gifts, and progress towards spiritual maturity in Christ. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit brings a present though partial reality of the Kingdom of God on earth as he acts in and through our lives with sovereign, supernatural power.

The Church

The Church is the living, spiritual Body of Christ of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. The local church is the primary instrument of God for the extension of His Kingdom today. The Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We respect the variations of practices of these and affirm the unity of Christ's Body.

The Visible, Bodily Return of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ will return to the earth physically to raise the dead, judge the world, consummate His Glorious Kingdom, and bestow eternal blessing on the righteous. This is the hope of the Church.

The Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

With regard to what is termed the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we hold to what is termed a "dynamist" position, which is able to affirm the Evangelical belief that Spirit baptism is concurrent with conversion, and the Pentecostal / Charismatic belief that there are significant, even supernatural encounters with the Spirit subsequent to conversion. Pentecostals will refer to the initial filling right after conversion as the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”. We feel no need to dogmatise or absolutise what is fundamentally a personal experience, thereby imposing a theological rigidity upon a phenomenon that the Bible, particularly Acts, depicts as a fluid and dynamic divine-human encounter.

In brief, the foundation of our position is that the Spirit indwells the believer on the bases of faith in Christ (Gal. 3:25), which is concurrent with the new birth (John 3:5) and incorporation into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Thus, the term "baptism in the Spirit" in the New Testament refers primarily to the initial reception of the Spirit, which culminates the conversion-initiation process. Furthermore, it is our conviction that the Spirit-baptism is grounded in the merits of Christ’s atonement (John 7:39) and intercession (John 14:16,17) and therefore all who believe in Christ have received the Spirit that He promised to send from the Father, and all true believers stand on equal footing before God. In terms of salvation, we believe that Christ alone is our salvation and there is no need of a second work of grace to be given to a believer subsequent to his/her receiving Christ.

We, however, enthusiastically affirm that believers do need subsequent fillings of the Spirit after conversion for godly living and empowerment for ministry. We believe these subsequent encounters with the Spirit will vary in their timing and manifestation according to how the Spirit deals with the individual believer. We affirm the sovereign freedom of the Spirit to deal with people as He wills, distributing gifts according to His good pleasure. Thus, we do not believe that there is any one compulsory initial evidence of Spirit baptism. Tongues may be an initial evidence of receiving the Spirit but is not the (one and only) such evidence. Many other manifestations may accompany either the initial reception or subsequent filling of the Spirit, such as prophecy (Acts 19:6), exalting God (Acts 10:46), healing (Acts 9:18, 19), boldness in witness (Acts 5:3), faith (Acts 6:5), miraculous signs (Acts 6:8), wisdom (Acts 5:3), encouragement (Acts 9:31), and joy (Acts 5:3). There is no gradation of these gifts and manifestations, and no particular gift is a sign of spiritual maturity. Ultimately the only unimpeachable evidence of a spirit-filled life is love (Galatians 5:22 ff.) and ever-increasing conformity to the image of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:17, 18).