This is a short-list of some key doctrinal beliefs. For a more detailed list or any questions on doctrine you may have, please attend one of our quarterly Take Root membership informational gatherings.
…about Jesus There is only one true God, Who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6). Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:14) by Whom all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth (Colossians 1:16a), therefore making Jesus the Creator. Jesus Christ is the Purpose of God found in all of creation (Colossians 1:16b). He is the Father's delight and desire (Matthew 3:16-17), and the Father is looking for the reflection of His Son in all created things (Romans 8:29). Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13). In the beginning, it was the ultimate purpose of God for all things to be summed up in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Jesus Christ, Who pre-existed with God in the form of God, emptied Himself to become fully a man that He might be the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of mankind (Philippians 2:6-11). Through His propitiatory sacrifice made on the cross, all who believe in Him and His sacrifice have their sins remitted and are restored to fellowship with God (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2). Jesus was born of a virgin, by the seed of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:23-27). The resurrection of Jesus' physical body after His crucifixion was literal (John 20:17; Luke 24:41-43), as will be the resurrection of both the just and the unjust on the Day of Judgment (Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5-6). All who seek restoration and fellowship with God must go through Jesus and cannot approach God through any person, spirit or doctrine. "There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5).
…about Man We believe that man was created by God from the dust of the earth, without sin or the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 1:27). The first man, Adam, transgressed the command of God, and as God had warned, the process of death entered him and all of his descendants because of that transgression (Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12). Therefore, all have sinned and are worthy of the sentence of death (Romans 3:23). Because of our unrighteousness, we are unable to approach a holy God, except through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (Ephesians 3:12). Through Jesus, we not only can come before the Throne of Grace, but we may approach it boldly (Hebrews 4:16). Man was created a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:17), but will one day judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). The Saints are no longer sons of Adam but are now reborn brothers of Jesus (Romans 8:29), a new race of humanity (2 Corinthians 5:17).
…about the Atonement Because all have sinned and are therefore under the sentence of death, all must trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for the remission of sins (Romans 3:23; Acts 2:38). There is no other way to reconcile with God or escape from eternal judgment, except through the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus. Those who trust in Jesus Christ have access to the Throne of Grace by His sacrifice and by His sacrifice alone. Good works are acceptable to God only as a love offering given to Him because of His worthiness, and have no bearing on our acceptance, standing or approval, all of which were accomplished by the cross (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:9-10; Romans 3:20 and 11:6; Galatians 2:16). Good works offered for the purpose of acceptance, standing or approval are therefore an affront to the cross by which all of these things were gained for us by Jesus. Good works are not offered for His approval, but for His joy and glory, and must be offered through the Son (I Peter 2:5) in obedience to Him.
…about the New Birth Believing in our hearts that Jesus is the Son of God and in His propitiation made for our salvation results in a regeneration and renewal that constitutes our new birth into new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). This does not imply immediate perfection in our temporal life or lifestyle, but it does mean that true faith willresult in a radical change in us. Christian maturity in faith, truth and life is a process. Even so, this process must begin with spiritual regeneration or new birth. While it is possible to change our behavior without regeneration (Colossians 2:23), changing our hearts requires the new birth, and it is our hearts upon which God looks (1 Samuel 16:7).
…about the Purpose of Faith True faith is of the heart and not just the mind (Romans 10:10). God's purpose in requiring faith for salvation is to raise our focus and concentration above the temporal to the One who is eternal. Therefore, the Gospel that is able to save souls must be preached in the power of the Spirit of God (Romans 15:19). The Gospel is not dependent upon human eloquence or persuasion that may change minds (1 Corinthians 2:4). Only the Spirit of God can reveal the Son of God (John 16:14-15; 1 John 4:2), and only the Son of God can reveal the Father (John 14:6-7).
…about Water Baptism We believe that water baptism should be by immersion and accomplished immediately after commitment to the Lordship of Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for our sin (Acts 2:38-41, 8:36, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:33 and 22:16). This ordinance is a personal and public statement of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf, and is a commitment to lay down our lives to be one with Him in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).
…about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit We believe that the "baptism in the Holy Spirit" is an additional impartation which may be subsequent to regeneration (see Acts 8:15-17 and 19:1-6). This baptism is usually accompanied by the gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, etc. We believe that this gift is presently available to all who believe (Acts 2:38-39), but is not essential for salvation or regeneration. While these are accomplished by the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7), there were disciples who did not even know that there was a Holy Spirit. Just as Paul made it a priority to instruct those believers and pray for them to receive this gift, we are committed to doing the same. The purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is to impart spiritual power to the believer to be a witness (Acts 1:8, 5:32). This baptism is to be distinguished from being filled with the Spirit (Acts 4:31, 7:55, 13:9,52), which can be a special and repeated empowering for specific purposes. We believe that when Christians truly have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, they should begin to take on His nature and fruit, becoming "helpers" and "comforters", leading others into truth, and testifying of Jesus.…about the Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit We believe that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) and that His ministry in and through the church by the Holy Spirit has not changed from the beginning. We accept, acknowledge, encourage and seek all of the biblical gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit as present and vital for the church to accomplish her full purpose today. As Jesus said in John 14:12, those who believe will do greater works than He did, and we actively pursue this in our services and our daily lives as a church community.
…about the Spirit-led Christian Life We believe that all believers should be led by the Holy Spirit in all they do including: family decisions, education, jobs, finances, church attendance, ministry involvement, etc… (Gal 6:7-8). Those who are led by the Sprit of God are the sons of God (John 1:1-8; Romans 8:14). As a church, our goal is to staff our church with leaders and volunteers by the Spirit, who are led by the Spirit. …about Spiritual GiftsWe believe there are nine spiritual gifts that are manifested in man by the Holy Spirit. At any given time these gifts can be administered in a believer as the Spirit wills for the common good of all (1 Cor 12). The nine gifts are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diversity of tongues, and interpretation of tongues (Mark 16:15-20; Rom 15:19; 1 Cor 2:4-5; 1 Cor 4:20; Eph 1:19-23; Eph 6:10). The purpose of these gifts is to edify and strengthen the Body of Christ, as well as the individual believer in their knowledge and understanding of His love, character, and will for their lives. At Rock City Church we also believe that prophecy is the greatest gift to employ corporately (1 Cor 14:1, 1 Cor 14:39). (Acts 1:8; Acts 2; Acts 3:6- 9, Acts 4:29-31)