Our Statement of Faith
The programs and activities governing the form of worship of Church of the Rock Ministries, Incorporated, shall at all times be based upon and consistent with the following fundamental creed and beliefs, which we believe are essential to salvation:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of the Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Timothy 3:16; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 1:21).
Our God is One, manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:5; Matthew 3:16-17; I John 5:6-8).
God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word (Logos) and the begetter (John 14:25; John 16:28; John 1:14).
Jesus is the Son of God, One with the Father, the Word flesh-covered, the One begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14; John 10:30; I Corinthians 15:3-4).
The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).
Man: His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil, give His life, and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 3:9-10; I John 3:8; Galatians 3:13,14).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, afforded by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Although it is separate from works and the Law, it produces works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8).
Eternal Life and New Birth
Man’s first step toward salvation is “Godly sorrow (in response to the conviction of the Holy Spirit) that brings repentance”. New birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life (I Corinthians 7:10; I John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
While not essential to salvation, we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion).
We believe that Christian Baptism is by immersion in water. It is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of and bears testimony to the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
Communion: The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper (communion) was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We partake of the Lord’s Supper to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. The bread symbolizes the Lord’s broken body. The cup represents the new covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and a relationship with God. We are to examine ourselves in order to receive it in a worthy manner (I Corinthians 11:23-31; Isaiah 53:5; I Corinthians 11:24; Hebrews 9; I Corinthians 11:25; I Corinthians 11:28-30).
We further believe:
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is made manifest by the receipt of spiritual gifts given to each as He (The Holy Spirit) determines. (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:4-8).
We believe in sanctification (being set apart) as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of salvation and continuing until we are present with the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; I Corinthians 1:30).
Divine healing is for the ills of the human body (physical, spiritual, mental, emotional) and is supplied by the power of God through a demonstration of faith (prayer, laying on of hands, etc.). It is made possible by the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and is available to each of us today according to God’s will and plan (James 5:14; I Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
Laying on of Hands
The laying on of hands is the belief that power, anointing, or other quality can be transmitted from one person to another by touching, or laying on of hands. We employ the laying on of hands for healing; to confer office; to receive anointing; as a blessing; and for ordination to consecrate and receive the tools necessary for ministry (Mark 10:13-16; Mark 5:22-23; Acts 28:8; Acts 6:2-6; I Timothy 4:14).
We believe in the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, final judgment, and eternal bliss of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:46).
Adopted April, 2000
Revision date as of 08/10/2012