Multiplying Disciples in 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 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.
We are people who believe that biblical truth matters. Our church and life should be based on the unchanging truth of God’s Word. Therefore, we believe everything we do and say has the goal of making disciples through grace and truth found in Scripture.
We are a people who believe grace needs to be the atmosphere of our lives and homes. When we embrace and live by God’s grace, we avoid the extremes of license and legalism.
We are people who believe the good news of Jesus is the ultimate focus of all we do. Our goal is to help people experience the joy of following Jesus.
We are people who believe in the power of prayer because Jesus said that “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). In humility we depend on God through the power of the Holy Spirit to advance His kingdom in our lives and the church.
We are people who believe that life is better together. Following Jesus is not meant to be done in isolation. Our goal is to love God and love one another, which can only happen by engaging in authentic, loving relationships.
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.