We are a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Spirit-led, Mission-minded, and Family-focused church. Our atmosphere is casual with today’s music, quality media, messages you can take with you, and an outstanding Children’s Ministry Department. No matter your circumstances–single, married, single again, with or without children–or where you are on your journey, you matter to God, and we welcome you to join with us as we strive to live every day with passion and purpose in Christ.
- God is bigger, better, and closer than we can imagine.
- The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
- Jesus is God showing Himself to us.
- Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us.
- Nothing in creation “just happened.”
- God made it all on purpose.
- Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
- Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
- Evil exists because of sin; God can bring good even out of evil events, and God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him.
- The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
- Heaven and Hell are real places. Death is simply a transition, not the end!
- Jesus is coming back again!
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
Gospel is a word that simply means “good news”. The gospel is the story of God working out the reconciliation and redemption of his broken creation from sin and its effects. He accomplished this through the life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. He continues his work through the church today!
- Why am I here? (Genesis 1:26-28)
- The two great endeavors of man: to multiply and subdue
- Rule the earth well and bring God’s kingdom everywhere
- What went wrong? (Genesis 3:9-13)
- Four broken relationship: God, ourselves, others, and the created world
- And then came sin: mortality, carnality, enmity, futility
- How can the world be set right again? (Matthew 28:18-19)
- The Gospel Redeems: new life, freedom, love, disciple making
- The great commission is Jesus’ statement that he has won back all of the authority that Adam lost. (Romans 5:17-19)
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Water baptism is intended for the person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and by so doing, received salvation through Him and become His disciple. As an act of obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It symbolizes that a person’s former way of life has been put to death, and that the Holy Spirit has set that person free from slavery to sin.
As a symbol, baptism illustrates a number of significant realities:
- Christ’s death and resurrection:
Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
- The disciple’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection
Romans 6:3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized
into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
- The new life in which a disciple walks
Romans 6:5-6 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united
with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that
the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
- Cleansing and washing away of sin
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
- Unity in Christ
Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that
belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all
and through all and in all.
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer — it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring — it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
WHY SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
- To obey the commands of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)
- To show evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ (Acts 18:8 & 1 John 2:3)
- To follow the example of Christ (Mark 1:9)
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
- Roman Catholic versus Protestant views of baptism:
Paedobaptism (Infant baptism, from the Greek pais meaning “child”)
Credobaptism (Believer’s baptism, from the Latin word credo meaning “I believe”)
A major difference between Catholicism and Protestantism is how one is saved. One of the five solas of the Reformation is sola fide (“faith alone”), which affirms the biblical doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8–10). However, Catholics teach that the Christian must rely on faith plus “meritorious works” in order to be saved. Essential to the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation are the Seven Sacraments, which are baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony.
The Roman Catholic Church considers baptism, even for an infant, so important that “parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptized within the first few weeks” and, “if the infant is in danger of death, it is to be baptized without any delay.” The Bible clearly teaches that, on the basis of faith in Christ alone, believers are justified by God, as all their sins are paid for by Christ on the cross and His righteousness is credited to them. Catholics, on the other hand, believe that Christ’s righteousness is imparted to the believer by “grace through faith,” but in itself is not sufficient to justify the believer. The believer must supplement the righteousness of Christ imparted to him with their own good works.
- The question of “rebaptism”
At Church on the Rock, we don’t believe that rebaptism is a scriptural requirement, but in situations where the original baptism was before salvation or before the individual understood the significance and importance of baptism, we permit the individual to follow their conscience and the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
WHEN SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
At Church on the Rock, we believe that the Bible places no age limit on those who are being baptized. On the other hand, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand well enough to articulate the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them (Generally around the age of 12).
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” or “infant baptism” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. In our church, we would call this practice dedication. We do dedicate babies and young toddlers to the Lord. Jesus’ parents dedicated him to God and Samuel and Samson were also dedicated as young children. However, this practice of dedication is not to be confused with water baptism. Dedication is the commitment of parents to raise their child in the way of faith in Christ. Water Baptism is a personal commitment that can only be made by the individual who trusts in Jesus Christ to save them.
HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
- The Greek word βαπτίζω (baptizo) literally means to plunge, submerge or immerse.
- The representation of union in Christ’s death and resurrection is best expressed through immersion.
- The surrounding context of baptisms in the Scriptures suggests baptism by immersion.
WHERE SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
It’s not the place that matters. We have held baptisms in lakes and rivers all over the state but we do enjoy celebrating together the last Sunday of the month in the third service.
WHO CAN BAPTIZE AT THE CHURCH ON THE ROCK?
If the person being baptized has someone who has been particularly important in the disciple making process for them or leading them to Christ, that individual is welcome to participate in the baptism. Anyone performing a baptism should be a believer in Christ who has followed Jesus wholeheartedly.