The Rock Odessa is on mission to:
FORGE new Christians,
EMPOWER through the Holy Spirit, and
to live out the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
There is only one true God, creator of all things, who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:2; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Bible is the divine and inspired word of God. The scriptures are true and authoritative (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and is both fully human and fully God. The only way to eternal peace with God is through His son, Jesus Christ. He died a sinner's death as a substitute for us. He physically died and physically rose from the dead, and, one day, will physically return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).
As humans we are sinful, both by birth and by our actions, with the exception of Jesus Christ. The penalty we deserve for our sin is death. Only through the repentance of sin and the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, can we be reconciled to God. He has paid the penalty for our sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God and is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit is present and His gifts are still active.He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25).
Every individual is created in God’s image and will spend eternity either with God in Heaven or forever separated from God in Hell. Those who have trusted Christ as personal Savior will have everlasting life with Christ. Those who reject Christ will spend eternity in everlasting punishment separated from Him (John 3:36, 5:24, 10:28).
We believe in baptism by immersion for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ in order to publically show that decision. This represents our death in sin and our resurrection in Christ. While this does not save, it is an important first step. Baptism is to follow one’s profession of faith and is an acknowledgment of one’s new life in Christ. (Matthew 3:13-17; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-39).