Multiplying Disciples through a Healthy Church
From the start, God’s design has been for every single follower of Jesus to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples. Until the Gospel spreads to all people.
Every relationship with Jesus is a growing relationship. None of us have “arrived” yet. Jesus calls us to follow Him always. We do this as we trust and grow in Him.
We’re a community of Jesus followers who are committed to the teaching of God’s Word in the context of healthy, loving relationships.
OUR VALUES (EFCA 10 INDICATORS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH)
Our cultural identity is found in our values. They embody our distinct culture as we seek to live out God’s Kingdom in our world. Each of these values connect us with our past and provide a constant foundation of guiding principles in an ever changing culture.
Centrality of God’s Word
We are committed to a proclamation and teaching of God’s Word that is clear, theologically sound and communicated in a relevant and practical way. The end result of our proclamation is people who are eager and able to please God by applying His Word to every area of life in ways both appropriate to the cultural context as well as biblically countercultural. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)
We recognize that it is only the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live authentic, transformed lives. The prayer lives of our congregations reflect a deep dependence upon God. Experiencing God and following Him are traits of our ministries. (Ephesians 5:18-21 & 6:10-18)
We are driven to reach our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of racial, economic, cultural, generational, or political barriers. The budgets, programs, and leaders of our local churches reflect a high commitment to outreach and evangelism, both locally and worldwide. Biblical evangelism normally results not only in numerical church growth, but in baptized, committed disciples of Jesus Christ. (Luke 19:10)
Inspiring worship that glorifies God and engages the hearts, minds, and emotions of people with God must be a trait of our community worship. We are committed to meeting the worship needs of the various generations and subcultures attending our churches. Healthy churches are characterized by a spirit of joy expressed in worship and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper. (Psalm 100)
Great Commission Driven
Our congregations must have a clear sense of God’s mission and a compelling vision for the future that is communicated clearly and "owned" by the members. Commitment to this mission guides the ministries and decisions of the church. Church structures should facilitate biblical purposes of the church. A willingness to change and take risks is crucial to ongoing effectiveness for local church ministry. (Matthew 28:19-20)
We are committed to intentional leadership development and the exercise of the leadership gifts. We desire to see trained, godly individuals who are spiritually mature lead our local congregations. We desire to see mature leaders deployed in ministry as workers for the harvest. Healthy leaders not only promote the spiritual growth of the members, but also develop, empower, and release them for ministry. (2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-11; Ephesians 4:11-16)
Healthy congregations are committed to reproducing themselves. We have a vision for planting or facilitating the planting of churches in our community, district, and world. Believing that God desires the EFCA to reflect cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity, we will be intentional in planting healthy churches among all people who make up our nation and our world. (Acts 1:8; 13-28)
Stewardship of Resources
Healthy churches demonstrate faithful stewardship and investment of all the resources God has entrusted to them. This begins by a church meeting its own needs and overflows to advance God’s kingdom and meet the needs of others. Stewardship education must be emphasized, and our pastors must address the issue of time, money, skills, and possessions in a biblical, relevant, and practical way. Our congregations must adopt God’s heart for those who are hungry, hopeless, and hurting in their allocation of available resources. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Intentional disciplemaking builds processes into the fabric of every local church that promote the continual spiritual growth of all its members. Such disciplemaking ministries must help believers move from new life in Christ to the exercise of spiritual disciplines, service in ministry, worldview transformation, and the alignment of all personal priorities with the Lordship of Christ, whatever the cost. (2 Timothy 2:2 & Matthew 28:19-20)
Recognizing that all people are made in God’s image and are loved by Him, our churches must reach across cultural, social, economic, and racial lines with practical acts of love within the church and the community. Holistic ministries should address people’s physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs—particularly of the needy, forgotten, and defenseless. Our churches must be characterized by believers who are committed to the reconciliation of relationships among all people. Within the local church, loving relationships produce unity, accountability, including loving discipline, and a powerful demonstration of God’s presence within our communities. Beyond the local church, they are manifested in cooperation and interdependent relationships with other Christians locally, nationally, and internationally. (John 13:35)
As a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, Rockpoint shares the same Statement of Faith with all EFCA churches. We are proud to be a part of a movement that believes in the multiplication of healthy churches. You can read more about the EFCA and their beliefs here.
EFCA STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.