ABOUT THE ROCK
BUILDING SOLID LIVES
"Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock."
STATEMENT OF FAITH
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Eternal God
We believe that God is a three-person being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(II Corinthians 13:14)
The Fall of Man
We believe that humans were created in the image of God, but fell from perfection and relationship with God by voluntary disobedience.
The Plan of Salvation
We believe that while we were still sinners Christ died in our place; paying for all of our sins past, present and future.
(John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
Salvation Through Grace
We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus by God's grace and our faith not by our good works.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Person and the Power by which assistance and ability are given for serving and for sharing the life of God with others.
(Acts 1:8; 2:4)
The Spirit-filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God for believers to be led and empowered daily by the Holy Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that a Christian should show spiritual fruit, such as love, as evidence of a Spirit-filled life.
We believe that divine healing is the power of Jesus Christ to heal in answer to the prayer of faith.
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent.
We believe that it is a believer's duty to identify and regularly assemble with other believers in a local church.
(Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25)
We believe that authorities should be obeyed at all times except when things oppose the will of God.
The Final Judgment
We believe that all shall stand some day before God to be judged; and there receive eternal life or eternal death.
(II Corinthians 5:10)
We believe that heaven is the beautiful and eternal home of born-again believers.
(John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17)
We believe that hell is a literal place of eternal torment for all who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
(Revelation 20:10, 15)
We believe that winning people to Jesus is the most important responsibility of every believer.
Tithes and Offerings
We believe that the method designed by God for the support and spread of His cause is the giving of tithes and free-will offerings.
(Malachi 3:10;II Corinthians 9:7)
We believe that the Bible is God's Word, and not only contains truth but is truth.
(II Timothy 3:16, 17)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has supernatural abilities to distribute to Christians.
(I Corinthians 12:1-11)
Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that by sincerely turning away from sin and whole-heartily accepting Jesus as Lord, one is made right before God.
(II Peter 3:9; Romans 10:9, 10)
The New Birth
We believe that each one who receives Jesus becomes a new person inside.
(II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)
We believe that all new believers should be baptized in water to publicly announce their new faith in Jesus Christ.
Daily Christian Life
We believe that God expects and Christians should desire to live in obedience to God's Word.
The Lord's Supper/Communion
We believe that Christians should partake of bread and grape juice as symbols, to remember what Christ accomplished for them on the cross.
(Luke 22:19, 20)
We believe that a believer's daily walk and experience should never lead into extremes of fanaticism.
Though Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, they are known for their beauty and brilliance. Our “Diamond Standards” are key elements that we endeavor to pursue as a whole church. This way, we are not only solid lives but we are letting God’s light reflect through us and show His beauty.
We build solid lives by participating in services, discipleship and ministry.
We all pray for and passionately pursue the fulfillment of our vision as direction from the Lord.
Value God's Presence
We genuinely worship God and minimize distractions during services, including early and unnecessary exits.
We serve consistently in a ministry but take time to be a community.
We invest at least the first three minutes following each service interacting with new or unfamiliar people to welcome them to The Rock.
Kids and Youth ministries are primary, not secondary or babysitting. We’re raising up an army of world changers and giant slayers.
We represent Jesus Christ and The Rock both at, and away from, church and therefore constantly strive to improve our character and competence.
We sacrifice personal preferences to advance God’s kingdom together (e.g. parking spaces, ministry roles, comfortzones).
We smile, keep good eye contact and communicate to everyone with courtesy and respect (e.g. “good morning,” “thank you,” “I’ll be happy to” and “my pleasure”). Everyone receives many warm greetings and pleasant goodbyes.
We maintain an atmosphere of love and acceptance–even with unreasonable people. We first listen to people to understand, then respond to be understood.
We resolve conflicts quickly with gracious yet forthright communication to the appropriate individuals, not by complaining to others. We do not criticize our leaders, team, congregation, other ministers or ministries… ever!
We arrive early and start on time. When we cannot fulfill our scheduled responsibilities, we give a willing and “trustworthy” person sufficient notice to cover for us, and communicate to our overseers.
We strive to notice – and even anticipate – the needs of others. We escort and introduce people to the right persons and places rather than pointing or directing them.
We take responsibility to keep God’s house clean (e.g. we never pass by trash, facilities are left clean and organized). We present ourselves as representatives of God’s kingdom (e.g. hygiene, clean clothes, and fresh breath).
We maintain a safe and accident-free environment. We attend to and report all injuries immediately to assure proper care and documentation (Incident Reports).
We immediately report urgent matters regarding people in our congregation to the church office or the “pastor on call” (not the church voice mail) to assure prompt pastoral care.
We endeavor to do everything with excellence. We protect God’s resources by conserving energy and supplies and properly maintaining and locking our facilities and equipment.
We do a lot with a little and expect the impossible because our God is always faithful!
A Thankful People
We are thankful to the Lord, even in adversity. We will not allow ourselves to forget His goodness.
We spread joy, have fun and make things fun for others.
We sing and rejoice in the Lord at all times.