In January of 2001, Troy accepted an invitation to drive from Baton Rouge to Shreveport and teach a monthly Bible study to a group of folks searching for a new church connection. By May, Troy and Anna Joy sensed the call to make the move permanent, resigning their positions at Bethany World Prayer Center and moving to Shreveport, stepping out in faith to begin the process of a new church plant. Along with a handful of eager and committed new friends, they met for several months to pray, plan and realize their dream of a fresh, young, life-giving church for Shreveport – Bossier City.
About 250 people showed up for Church at Red River’s first public service on January 27, 2002 in the University Theatre, LSU-Shreveport, C@RR’s home for the next seven years. Through the faithfulness of God and the generosity of His people, 46 wooded acres in southeast Shreveport were purchased in 2006, and the Church at Red River family moved into its new home in March 2009. The life-giving message of the Gospel and the passion and joy of its Sunday Celebrations brought steady and sustained growth.
At Church at Red River, our Sunday gatherings are our lifeblood — they are more like a family reunion than a traditional church service. We worship God and study the Bible in a lively but relaxed atmosphere. We catch up with each other and talk and laugh. We take care of one another. We give life to one another, and we learn what it really means to be a church.
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God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. Jesus baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, and will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.