Our Beliefs

Thompson Road Bible Fellowship is a local community of believers in Jesus Christ who seek to live by what we study in the Bible; to worship God through our lifestyle, music, art, word and action; to care for and nurture our brothers and sisters in Christ, and be a significant part of our community and the world by demonstrating Jesus' love for all.  

Let's be honest…sometimes we do not live up to that standard. The grace of Jesus continues to be necessary for all of us. We would love to have you become a part of our joys and tragedies, failures and successes.

As a church, theologically, we subscribe to the words attributed to Augustine: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love."

It would be so much easier if we all believed the same thing, exactly the same way, at exactly the same time. But where is the fun in that? Jesus, the very Son of God, lived, died and rose again so that those who believe may do the same by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Now, about all the stuff in-between…

This life given to us is passed in stages, with each phase requiring new skills and adaptations. We hope to be able to provide peer groups with experienced teachers to help facilitate growth and encouragement for whatever situation and opportunity has presented itself.

Life is messy, challenging and ever changing. We need each other. We need friends who are willing to say the hard things to us and to laugh so hard that milk comes out of our nose. No matter if you are towards the end of time, the middle or just beginning, we were created for relationships. The church is ultimately a collection of people who cross boundaries and peculiarities to love each other.

We know that going to a new church, with new relationships is challenging; having to open up your heart to others, with every possible potential for pain and disappointment. However, the church does not exist to make you happy and to placate your every stylistic preference and be filled with perfect people. (Just look at the Apostles!) So, love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself and we promise to do the same.


  1. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, being in its entirety a revelation given to man under divine inspiration and providence; that its historic statements are correct, and that it is the only divine and infallible standard of faith and practice.

  2. We believe, as revealed in the Bible:

    1. In one God, our Father, eternal, and infinite in his wisdom, love, and power, the Creator of all things, “in whom we live, and move, and have our being.”

    2. And in Jesus Christ, our Lord, the only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; who came into our world to seek and to save that which was lost; who died for our sins; who was raised bodily from the dead for our justification; who ascended into heaven as our High Priest and Mediator, and who will come again in the end of this age, to judge the living and the dead, and to reign forever and ever.

    3. And in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, sent from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, whereby we are sanctified and sealed unto the day of redemption.

  3. We believe that man was created for immortality, but that through sin he forfeited his divine birthright; that because of sin, death entered into the world, and passed upon all men; and that only through faith in Jesus Christ, the divinely ordained Life-giver, can men become “partakers of the divine nature,” and live forever.

  4. We believe that death is a condition of unconsciousness to all persons, righteous and wicked; a condition which will remain unchanged until the resurrection at Christ’s Second Coming, at which time the righteous will receive everlasting life while the wicked will be “punished with everlasting destruction;” suffering complete extinction of being.

  5. We believe that salvation is free to all those who, in this life and in this age, accept it on the conditions imposed, which conditions are simple and inflexible, namely, turning from sin, repentance toward God, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a life of consecration to the service of God; thus excluding all hope of a future probation, or of universal salvation.

  6. We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his promise, will come again to this earth, even “in like manner” as he went into heaven – personally, visibly and gloriously – to reign here forever; and that this coming is the hope of the church, inasmuch as upon that coming depend the resurrection and reward of the righteous, the abolition of sin and its consequences, and the renewal of the earth – now marred by sin – to become the eternal home of the redeemed, after which event the earth will be forever free from sin and death.

  7. We believe that Bible prophecy has indicated the approximate time of Christ’s return; and comparing its testimony with the signs of our times, we are confident the he is near, “even at the doors,” and we believe that the great duty of the hour is the proclamation of this soon-coming redemption, the defense of Bible authority, inspiration and truth, and the salvation of lost men.

  8. We believe the church of Christ is an institution of divine origin, which includes all true Christians, of whatever name; but that local church organizations should be independent of outside control, congregational in government, and subject to no dictation of priest, bishop or pope – although true fellowship and unity of action should exist between all such organizations.

  9. We believe that the only ordinances of the church of Christ are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; immersion being the only true baptism.

  10. We believe that the first day of the week, as the day set apart by the early church in commemoration of Christ’s resurrection, should be observed as the Christian Sabbath, and used as a day of rest and religious worship.

  11. We believe that war is contrary to the spirit and teachings of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ; that it is contrary to the spirit of true brotherhood; and that our influence should be used against it. We believe the Bible also teaches that properly constituted government is ordained of God and is a divine instrument for man’s welfare and protection. When an Advent Christian decides on the basis of Scripture and conscience, either to bear arms or to submit to penalties imposed for his refusal to do so, local Advent Christian congregations should extend continued fellowship and nurture.


Portland Advent Christian Church

Portland Advent Christian Church

PRE-HISTORY

In 1843, in New England, a man named William Miller concluded from studying Daniel and Revelation that Christ was due to return. This teaching attracted many followers, and obviously, it didn’t happen. It was from this group that several denominations formed, including the Seventh Day Adventists and the Advent Christian General Conference, of which TRBF is a member.

THE WEST COAST

In 1871 D. B. Reed began an Advent Christian congregation in Vallejo, California, then began looking northward toward Oregon. In the 1880’s several Advent Christian groups were meeting in Washington County, Oregon.Around this time the Portland church was begun, and by 1905 it was meeting at 1950 SW Second Street, in the area now known as old town. In 1956 the city asked to buy the church property at Second Street, so the congregation moved to 44th and Woodstock and continued to meet there.Again locals asked to buy the property, so in 1963 the church began a five-year period of meeting in temporary locations, until it came to its present location on Thompson Road in Milwaukie, Oregon in January, 1968. For over 40 years we have met here and sought to minister to the community around us.


TODAY

TRBF strives to be a place to worship freely and build relationships in our community.  Check out our other pages to see what we do and how you can become involved with our passion for people and our love for God.


 

Outreach

 

 

    We believe that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love people so we endeavor to do just that. Our goals in outreach and evangelism are to show the world who God is by reflecting Jesus in our relationships. This is not to say that we follow a set of rules and hope that somehow following those rules would mark us as different and make people ask questions. When we say that we want to reflect Jesus we mean that we intend to love like Jesus loves, to walk alongside those who want to learn more, and to enact justice for others.

    Jesus loved without agenda. We tell the truth, we preach the gospel because we love, not because we seek more impressive attendance or financial support. Our mission is to love in a way that recognizes the image of God in each individual without denying the gift of free will with which we have all been blessed.

    Despite choices and circumstances, loss, anger, fear, or disenchantment, the church family remains committed to each other and to God. This commitment makes our family a safe place to question, express doubts and anger, to worship, praise, pray and grow. We seek to always love and include each other throughout our lifetimes.

    We do not give gifts as bribes, we do not create debts to be paid back. We give because we love. Jesus’ grace was expressed through his sacrifice, so we seek to do the same.

    At this time our church is not committed to any one type of outreach, but we want to get involved, to make new friends and to serve the Thompson Road community as well as the Milwaukie area. Do you know of an unaddressed need in the community? Please contact Jamie Zimmerman at jamie.zimmerman444@gmail.com