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We are the young people of the Anchor Church of San Diego, a Pentecostal church that is passionate about loving God and loving people. We call ourselves RIOT, which stands for "Revival In Our Time." This slogan is born out of a fervent desire to connect our generation of young people and our culture with the promises of God. The word "Revival" means a "restoration to life." Our culture today is dominated by a lot of shallow experiences, artificial values and mindless entertainment and as a result, many young people feel a lack of true "life." We would like to introduce our communities to the one, true and genuine experience that is in Jesus Christ. Through Him, we become connected back to "the way, the truth and the life."
Our beliefs are not complicated. We believe in one God. Not a God in three persons (the Father, Son and Spirit) but rather one God with one name. Why should God be any harder to understand than any other person?
In his earthly ministry, when Jesus told Philip "He that has seen me has seen the Father," he wasn't just speaking metaphorically. We believe that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, that God became flesh (exactly like us) in a living breathing form that we could understand. Because of this we take on Christ's identity in baptism by being baptized in the name of Jesus.
We also believe in being filled with the spirit of God, something that happens when the Holy Spirit comes down and lives inside of our human hearts. And yes, we speak in tongues. It is the foundational experience that accompanies this new birth. When someone is filled with the Holy Spirit and born again, they speak in another tongue. It's how other people know that they have been born a second time.
RIOT is open to all young people of all backgrounds. We believe that faith can be fun. If you are not having fun, then you are not living life the way God intended it. But we also take our faith seriously; fervently seeking after God and dealing with life's more serious issues.
We are an open youth group. We have no membership roster but instead we are bound together by a common passion for Jesus Christ. A word of warning: We have no perfect young people, only worshipers of a perfect savior. In RIOT you will find a warm and welcoming group of young people, who live in the same "real" world as you. We are traveling on a path toward Christ and you are more than welcome to join us on our journey.
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