We believe in one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Man was created by God. Crafted in the very image of God and for the purpose of fellowship with God, man is the supreme object of creation. Through sinful disobedience man became alienated from God and is totally incapable of enjoying fellowship with God by his own effort. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:22-23, Hebrews 2:6-8, Romans 5:12-14)
Eternal life through Jesus Christ is a gift from God. The believer is secure in salvation which is maintained by the grace of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. (John 5:24, John 10:28-30, John 6:37, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity, equal with the Father and the Son as God. He came to the world after the saving work of Christ on the cross. He is present in the world today convicting mankind of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with understanding of Spiritual Truth. Guidance and power for living the Christian life is provided by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 8:26-27, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Romans 5:5, I Corinthians 12:8-11)
The Priesthood of the Believer
WE BELIEVE that every believer has direct access to God in prayer, confession, praise, and worship without the aid of a human intermediary. Jesus Christ is the only High Priest and mediates between God and humankind. (I Peter 2:9, I Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 4:14-16, Luke 23:44-55)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on earth, and died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men. After three days in the grave, Jesus rose from the dead, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return to the earth to reign as King of King and Lord of Lords. (John 1:1, John 1:14, I Timothy 3:16, Philippians 2:5-8, I Peter 2:22-24)
Salvation is God’s gift to mankind. The penalty for sin is death. Only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can there be forgiveness of sins and salvation from sin’s penalty. (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Hebrews 9:22)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God to all people. It was written by human authors who were supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit. It is THE source of truth for Christian living and beliefs. It is God’s Word and is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Romans 16:25-26, Proverbs 30:5, Psalms 119:9-11)
The church is the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church. The members of the church are those who have, by faith, trusted in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God. We bring Him glory by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 5:25-27)
WE BELIEVE that baptism is an outward sign of commitment to Christ and is an important act of obedience for every person who has believed in Jesus Christ. It symbolizes the transformation that happens in the hearts of those who believe. Baptism does not make you a believer — it does not “save” —only faith in Jesus Christ can bring salvation. (1Peter 3:13-21; Ephesians 2:8-9)
WE BELIEVE in baptism by immersion because Jesus Christ was baptized in that way (Matthew 3:16). The word Baptize means “to dip under water” and the Greek word Baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water”. Baptism by immersion illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection and the new life that is ours as a Christian. (Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:12)
“Guarded by the Elders, guided by the staff, and gifted through the membership.”
Built around four teams of people:
The Ministry Team Representatives
The Stewardship Team
The Staff Leadership Team
The primary function of the elders is to shepherd and discern. They serve as the conscience and guardians of the church. Every decision made by the elders is to be based on our mission, our resources, and our statement of beliefs.
The Board of Elders will consist of a maximum of twelve men & women who meet the qualifications of elders/Overseers outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9.
1. A personal profession of Christ as Lord and Savior
2. Embrace the membership covenant.
Membership at The Rock Community Church is not just about getting your name on the roster. It’s about getting connected to the TRCC family and God’s vision for us. We expect of our members what the Bible clearly expects of all believers. In Scripture we are commanded to love each other, encourage each other, admonish each other, greet each other, serve each other, teach each other, accept each other, honor each other, bear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, sing to each other, submit to each other, pray for each other, and be devoted to each other. These are the responsibilities of membership and are reflected in our Membership Covenant.
As a member of The Rock Community Church I will…
1. Invest my relationships– develop authentic, loving relationships with others in the church and establish significant relationships with those who do not know Jesus.
2. Invest my passions– honor God by following Christ personally and passionately. My reputation is Christ’s reputation and the church’s reputation.
3. Invest my talents– participate in the life of the congregation through genuine worship, sharing, learning, and serving.
4. Invest my resources – support the Gospel here and worldwide by tithing and then by giving more as the Lord leads. Invest my time, skills, talents, and gifts in and through the church.