What We Believe

 
Redemption Rock  is a fellowship of believers committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Our supreme desire is to know Christ in a personal way, and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We desire to glorify God by sharing His Son, Jesus Christ, with others, making disciples as commanded by the Great Commission outlined in Matthew 28.
 
We Believe... that there is but one God, existing eternally in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: infinite, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth and love, coexistent, coequal, and co-eternal. (John 1.1-2, 2 Corinthians 13.14, 1 John 5.7)
 
We Believe... that God the Father is the personal, transcendent, sovereign Creator of all things. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for the good of those who love Him, and desires that all creation should live to the praise of His glory. (Genesis 1, Psalm 139, Ephesians 1.6,12)
 
We Believe... that God the Son, Jesus Christ, came to Earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was fully God and fully man while on Earth, and died on the cross as an atonement for the sins of humankind. God raised Him from the dead and He ascended into Heaven and forever lives to make intercession with the Father for us. (John 1.14, Ephesians 2.5-11)
 
We Believe... in the Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity, whom the Father sent in Jesus' name to convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, is God's presence on the Earth, and indwells every believer who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 2.4, John 14.16-17, 26, 16.8)
 
We Believe... that the Holy Spirit has bestowed gifts upon all believers, thereby empowering them to live a Spirit-filled life, evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12.1-11, Galatians 5.22)
 
We Believe... that the Bible is God's word to us, and is therefore divinely inspired, and the only standard for faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3.16-17)
 
We Believe... that all people, by nature, are separated from God and responsible for their own sin. Salvation, redemption and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all, solely by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 3.23, Ephesians 2.8)
 
We Believe... when a person repents of sin and receives Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit. All his or her sins are forgiven, and the person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord. (John 3.16, Romans 5.8, 1 John 1.9)
 
We Believe... that all will stand before the judgment throne of God and there receive eternal life or death. (2 Corinthians 5.10, Revelation 1.7, 20.11-15)
 
We Believe... that the Lord Jesus Christ will return for His bride, the Church, and that this second coming is both personal and imminent. (1 Thessalonians 4.16-17)
 
We believe... that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Corinthians 7:2)

We believe... that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)
 
We believe... that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139.)

We believe... that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe... that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)

We believe... that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe... that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe... that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Redemption Rock as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the members of Redemption Rock and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Redemption Rock in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Faith, Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)

We believe... that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

We believe... that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Redemption Rock.

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