At The Rock Community Church, we believe there is an important discussion to be had around the idea of “What We Believe.” In this document, we seek to clarify our beliefs, why we believe them, and the attitude with which we hold them. We have titled these beliefs as our “Absolutes,” “Doctrine,” and “Distinctives.”

“In essentials, unity. In the nonessentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”


“Absolutes” are the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The people of The Rock believe and affirm these nine essential beliefs of the Christian faith, which find their roots in the “Apostle’s Creed.”

There is One God in Three Persons

We believe there is only one God, eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God.

The Bible is God’s Word

The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself, divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is completely true, totally sufficient, without error, and is the final authority in the life of a Christian as it provides everything we need for life and godliness.

People are Created in the Image of God

Human Beings are created by God to reflect His image. They are the crowning work of creation and are worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters like age, race, gender, background, or economic status

People Need a Savior

Because of the sinfulness of humanity, the image of God in people is distorted. All people choose to disobey God (referred to in the Bible as sin), deserve both physical and spiritual death, and need to be rescued. Only by the generous grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.

Jesus is Both Savior and Lord

Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return in victory as King of kings and Lord of lords

Jesus is the Only Way for Salvation

Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man. No religion, belief, or person can reconcile God and man or earn favor with God. Jesus alone, through His atoning work on the cross and bodily resurrection, can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.

Salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith Alone

Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is immediate and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by His grace on the basis of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, not on the basis of human works.

The Church is Christ’s Body

The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. As the Body of Christ, the church is expected to live in unity with one another, exhort one another, and encourage one another toward love and good deeds.

Jesus Christ will Return

God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His perfect timing. At that time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Christ will judge both the saved and unsaved. Those who have trusted Christ will receive a glorified body and dwell forever with the Lord. Those who have not trusted in Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.


These doctrinal positions reflect The Rock Community Church’s beliefs on important theological issues. We understand that there are areas of Doctrine where Christians may differ. However, this is what we teach at The Rock and we believe there is freedom for Christians to believe alternative views and still be a part of the family of God.


We believe that God created the world from nothing and governs all things, at all times, in all places.

God created the whole world from nothing in a literal 6-day period and creation, according to the design of God, was good. God doesn’t let the world exist; He makes the world exist. He upholds the universe by the word of His power, and He holds the world together in Himself.


We believe that the model we find throughout the New Testament is baptism after conversion by immersion into water. Baptism by immersion is meant to symbolically depict the believer’s real union to Christ in His death and resurrection. It also symbolizes the fact that the “old, sin-enslaved man” is dead, and we are raised to walk in “newness of life” in Christ.


Communion is a sign to the church, who are remembering the sacrificial death of Christ for sinners, His sustaining work in our lives, and the future participation in the Wedding Feast to come in the New Creation.


Those partaking in the table participate in this ordinance through the breaking and eating of bread and the drinking of the fruit of the vine. This bread and this cup point to our Lord’s body and blood. Followers of Christ are commanded to take communion, presuming they have received Christ’s offer of salvation by faith and examined themselves in repentance.


At The Rock, we generally celebrate communion on the first weekend of every month in our regular worship gatherings.

Miracles/Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to every believer, but that there were some “miraculous gifts” given in the early church that are no longer normative for today.

We believe that every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit. We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit does not draw attention to Himself or His gifts by ‘showy’ displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the faith.


For example: We teach that no one possesses the “gift of healing” today, but that God does supernaturally heal and answer the prayer of faith on the part of every believer and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering and afflicted.

Gender Roles

We believe God created two genders, male and female, and that both are absolutely equal in essence, dignity, and value, but are created as separate and distinct by God’s perfect design.

As part of God’s divinely created plan, men and women are to have different, yet complementary, roles and responsibilities in the home and church. As it relates to the church, men and women are both expected to lead, serve, and utilize their spiritual gifts for “building up the body”; however, the office of elder is reserved for biblically qualified men.

Human Sexuality

We believe God has created humans as male or female and intends for sexual intimacy to be enjoyed exclusively between a husband and wife.

We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.


We believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between one man and one woman who are married to one another. We believe God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe all forms of sexual immorality (for example: lust, adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, and use of pornography) are sinful and offensive to God.


We believe God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. We renounce any hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual and consider them not in agreement with Scripture, nor the doctrines and spirit of The Rock Community Church.


We also teach that the faithful proclamation of the Scriptures, including the call to repentance, does not constitute hate speech, or hateful and harassing behavior, but is instead a fundamental part of the church’s loving mission to the world.


We believe that Jesus Christ is returning to the world in the future to judge the living and the dead.

The consummation of all things includes the physical, visible, and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the glorification of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heaven and the new earth.


In the consummation of all things, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, are finally separated from the presence of God, enduring eternal punishment. The righteous, in glorious bodies, will live and reign with God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then the purpose and expectation of creation will be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, who makes all things new.


The position we have always taken as a church is that individuals are free to hold different beliefs about eschatological matters. Our congregation is made up of thoughtful individuals who may hold to historic premillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism. The good news is all these views are orthodox! Simply put, our hope is found in Who is coming, rather than the exact details of how and when He is coming.


In addition to our Absolutes and Doctrinal positions, we also hold to the “Distinctive” values explained below as things that are characteristic of The Rock. These are not “right or wrong” issues within the church and we understand that other churches may hold differing opinions on these issues, but these are some of the things you can expect to find if you make the decision to become a part of The Rock.

Expository Preaching

Because of our high view of Scripture as the inspired Word of God, we value Bible-saturated preaching. We typically preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible.


Because we view the Bible as a unified story, of which Jesus is the Hero, we aim to constantly exalt Jesus in our preaching—regardless of our selected passage. We believe the best way to help people develop into mature disciples of Christ is by following this approach. It is our joy to explain what God has said in His Word, to declare what God has done in His Son, and to help people apply God’s Word to their hearts by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Elder Rule

We teach that the one, supreme authority for the Church is Christ, and that the order, discipline and worship are appointed through His sovereignty. The biblically-designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are elders—also called bishops, pastors, shepherds, or overseers.


A church should be led by biblical leadership. In the New Testament, the words pastor, elder, and overseer are used interchangeably, and refer to the same office. The qualifications for these leaders are given in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They

must be examples of faithful discipleship and they must hold firmly to sound doctrine. They lead under the authority of Christ, teach the Word of Christ, care for the body of Christ, and model the character of Christ. According to Scripture, pastors/elders/ overseers must be men. Scripture is clear that not everyone is gifted and called to teach and lead in the church, but all gifts are equally honorable and equally necessary to the church. The consistent pattern in the New Testament is for churches to have a plurality of pastors/elders/overseers and the congregation is to submit to their leadership.

Evangelism & Disciple-Making

All Christians, through their salvation in Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, are called to participate in the mission of God through evangelism and disciple-making.


In evangelism, we work to verbally proclaim the message of the gospel to non-believers, seeking to convert them by the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to invite them to respond in repentance and faith.


In disciple-making, we strive to see every member of the church equipped to grow as a disciple of Jesus and to commit their lives to making more disciples of Jesus. We believe that making disciples is done by intentionally working for the spiritual maturity of others through evangelism, instruction, correction, modeling, and encouragement. These disciple-making efforts can and should take a variety of forms—ranging from formal and structured methods (classes, community groups, etc.) to less formal and organic practices (sharing meals, casual spiritual conversations, etc.)—all directed at helping others follow Christ.

In evangelism and disciple-making, our message is the gospel of salvation through Jesus, our primary tool is the Bible, and our sole power is the Holy Spirit.


A church should be marked by biblical accountability and discipline. Members of the body of Christ should hold one another accountable for their obedience to the Word of God, and leaders of the church must watch over the flock that has been entrusted to them. When necessary, the church exercises church discipline according to the instructions given in Scripture, always with the desire of restoration for the erring brother or sister.


To see this level of biblical accountability at work in our church family, the foundation must be built on strong relationships, with instructional training alongside correctional church discipline. Loving one another in the church involves humbly sharing responsibility for one another’s holiness in our lives.


We believe a church should be characterized by biblical giving. Members of the church give freely of their resources to support the church and the mission of making disciples, both locally and globally. We give generously as an expression of worship and as the overflow of God’s generous grace toward us. When we give, our hearts are changed, the church is edified, and God is glorified. We know that where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also.

Small Groups

While corporate worship services are the main expression of the church “gathered,” small groups are the main expression of the church “scattered.” The metaphors used in Scripture to describe the church include a building, a body, and a family. In each case, there is a mention of the “whole” (one building, one body, one family) and the individual (stones, body parts, family members). The individuals cannot be separated from the whole and the whole cannot be separated from the individuals.


Smaller units are the natural pathway for making disciples and working out the commands of the Bible for growth, care, accountability, and equipping. Because small groups are crucial for the growth and well-being of individuals and the church, small groups are a high priority at The Rock and our desire is to see every attender of The Rock actively involved in a small group.

This document does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God is the sole and final source of all that we believe. The Bible speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. For the purposes of The Rock Community Church's faith, doctrine, practice, and policy, our board of elders is the final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.