What We Believe

Membership at The Rock Fellowship is open to all who profess faith alone in Jesus Christ and are in agreement with the Church’s doctrinal beliefs. Please take a moment and review our beliefs, which are derived from the Holy Scriptures.

Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. Every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error.  It is accurate and trustworthy in all matters to which it speaks: spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the standard and foundation of the faith and practice. (Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-46; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

God
There is one and only one living and true God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1-2; 1:26; 2:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:3, 11; 44:8; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; Titus 1:4; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17)

God the Son: Jesus Christ
The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He lived a sinless life, fulfilling OT messianic expectations. He died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later. He ascended back into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. (Matthew 1:20-23; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; 2:11; John 1:1, 14, 18; 5:18; 8:58; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Colossians 1:13-18; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-9; 4:15; 5:8; 2 Peter 1:1; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16)

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. (Genesis 1:2; Ezekiel 36:26-29; Psalm 104:30; 139:7-8; Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; 14:16, 26; 15:26 Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 3:16; 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 4:13; Revelation 4:5; 5:6; 22:17)

Man
Man is the special creation of God, made in the image of God. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5, 7, 18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalm 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 139:13-16; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22)

Church
The New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church consists of believers at all times in all places, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness to its head, Jesus Christ, by preaching the gospel among all nations. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together locally in the spirit of love and unity to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; Romans 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 12; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11, 21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2, 3; 7:9-17; 21:2-3)

Ordinances
The Bible sets forth two ordinances, Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in and identification with a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:12, 35-39; 9:18; 10:47; 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)