What We Believe
Simply put, we believe the scriptures to be infallible and accept the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to be God’s plan and instruction on how to live righteously to all mankind. Those who follow this plan and are obedient to it will be blessed. For a quick summary of core beliefs feel free to click on any of the tabs below.
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of Yahweh and the revelation of Yahweh to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy. 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians. 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)
The one true God has revealed Himself as, Yahweh, the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
Jesus is the eternal son of Yahweh. The Scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
- His sinless life (Hebrews. 7:26; I Peter 2:22)
- His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
- His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
- His exaltation to the right hand of Yahweh (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
All Believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of Jesus. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.
With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for Yahweh (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to Yahweh and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Jesus, for His word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
The church is the body of Jesus, the habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of its great commission.
Each Believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
One does not join the church; each person who truly believes in Jesus is baptized into the Body of Christ–the Church–by Holy Spirit.
A divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (Ephesians 4:11-16) has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
- Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20)
- Worship of Yahweh (John 4:23-24)
- Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Man was created good and upright; for Yahweh said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from Yahweh.
(Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus, the Son of Yahweh.
- Conditions to Salvation:
Salvation is received through repentance toward Yahweh and faith toward Jesus. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of Yahweh according to the hope of eternal life.
(Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7)
- The Evidences of Salvation:
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16).
- Baptism in Water:
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Jesus as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)
- Holy Communion:
Holy Communion is the symbol expressing our participation in the divine nature of Jesus. (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of his suffering and death. (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all Believers “till He comes.” It is the celebration of the New Covenant as established by Jesus Himself. Holy Communion is the daily partaking of Jesus by yielding to Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto Yahweh (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12).
The Scriptures teach a life of “…holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14).
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command; “Be holy, for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:15-16).
Sanctification is realized in the Believer by recognizing his identification with Jesus, in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:5).
The baptism of Believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of Yahweh gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all Believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Jesus and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of Jesus is the blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Because no one knows the time of Jesus’ personal return, and because the setting of times for His appearing have proved to be mistaken, and because such incidents tend to breed disappointment, embarrassment, confusion, and skepticism, we choose to avoid speculating about such, choosing rather to focus on fulfilling His purposes for us.
“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).
We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7).
We believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5).
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.
Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19-20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
Visionary and Leader
Steve Parker is our lead minister and oversees the vision of The Rock and its impartation to the people. He is passionate about the Kingdom of Yahweh and equipping people to live and thrive within it.
Executive Assistant & Worship Leader
Kaleigh is the executive assistant to the senior minister. She has served in this role since 2011, and she has served on the worship team since she was fifteen years old. She loves Yahweh and she loves writing music.
Matt is a team pastor and has been at The Rock since 2001! He is faithful and he serves the people with integrity and passion. He is a husband to Kaley Hoffman and father of three beautiful girls.
Gaston is a team pastor and loves to minister to the people and see to their needs. He is from Trinidad Tobago and he has been a faithful part of The Rock since 2010. He is married to Wanda and they have three children.
Team Pastor & Media
James is a team pastor and has been a faithful part of The Rock since 2002. With his wife Shevieve, and children, Hailey and James, he faithfully leads our youth and media ministry.
Archie ministers with a prophetic anointing and has been with The Rock since 2008. He is blessed with his wife Tamarrah, and three adult children, Jordan, Sidney, and A.J. He passionately serves as prophet to the house.