A few of our core beliefs
- The Church
The Church, succinctly stated, is the body of Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 reads, "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all." In addressing the Church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 12:27), God through the Apostle Paul, said, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
From these two scriptures, it is evident that the Church is not a building. It is in fact, the body of Christ. Just as our natural bodies have many members, so does the body of Christ. The members of the body of Christ are his Saints (see Admittance into the Church below.) "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." - 1 Corinthians 12:12
- The Inception of the Church
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." - Act 2:1-4
On the day of Pentecost, in an upper room in Jerusalem, the Church (the New Testament Church) was born. Following the instructions of Jesus (Luke 24:49 - "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."), those one hundred and twenty souls were blessed with the privilege of being born into the Church. Included in that number were the Peter, James, John, and Mary the mother of Jesus, to name a few (Acts 1:12-15.)
This is the same Church, via the same admittance process, that we at Solid Rock have gladly become members and fellowcitizens of as well!!
- Admittance into the Church
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." - 1 Corinthians 12:13
Admittance into the Church, being baptized into the body, is a three pronged process. One needs to repent of his sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In Acts 2:38, on the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter pointed this out; "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
- Repentance of sins - Mere birth, the fact that we were born, places us in a position where we need to be reconciled to God. David explains our condition in Psalms 51:5 when he says, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Repentance is the process of confessing and asking God for the forgiveness of any sins which we may have committed, thanking him for bestowing His grace and mercy upon us during the period of time in which we were not reconciled to Him, and expressing to Him that we now want to live according to His word and walk in newness of life. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation..." - 2 Corinthians 7:10.
- Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ - Baptism is the act of totally submersing a person's entire body into/under water. In life, when a person dies, the burial process does not involve the sprinkling of soil or dirt onto the head of the deceased. It involves, rather, the complete submersion of the entire body into the ground. In baptism, we are identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We are burying our "old man" and resurrecting a "new man," willing to walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 says, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
When it comes to baptizing in a name, the Bible is consistent and very clear as to what name we should use. While some believe that Matthew 28:19 ("Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:") contradicts what Peter said on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38), one can very easily reconcile these two statements by simply asking himself/herself this series of questions: What is the name of the Father? What is the name of the Son? What is the name of the Holy Ghost? After all, Matthew 28:19 did say, "in the NAME of." The answer to all three questions, is JESUS CHRIST. Peter confirms that name on the day of Pentecost by saying, "...be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,..." Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names. They are simply titles. A man can be a father, he can be a grandfather, he can be a son, an uncle, a nephew, etc. However, if you asked him what his name was, none of the aforementioned titles would give you his actual name. They are simply titles expressing specific roles that apply to that man. As such, we see that the scriptures do agree and instruct us to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ.
-Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost - Being saved or filled with the Holy Ghost involves more than simply "giving the preacher your hand and giving God your heart." It involves more than simply "confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart." While those acts are certainly recommended and will get you off to a good start, in and of themselves, they are not complete. In Acts 19:2, the Apostle Paul asked certain disciples, "...Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" That scripture makes it clear that simply believing in God, the Holy Ghost, or water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, is not an indication that one is filled with the Holy Ghost.
If we follow the story of those "certain disciples," we find in Acts 19:5-6 that, "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them; and they spake with tongues,..." The act of speaking in tongues (glorifying and praising God in a language that you have never spoken before) is the evidence that you have been filled with the Holy Ghost.
On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4-8), when the Holy Ghost came upon the Saints in the upper room, there in Jerusalem also were devout men out of every nation under heaven. These devout men, were confounded or confused because they heard these Jews, these Saints speaking, not in their own Jewish tongue, but in the tongues of every other nation under heaven!! They were amazed and began to marvel one to another saying, "Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" Of course, the answer was that those Galilaeans, those Saints, were being filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
- The Good News of the Gospel
While there are definite requirements for admittance into the Church and the body of Christ, it is extremely comforting to know that we don't have to meet those requirements before we start attending Church services. Many people make the assumption or have the impression, that they have to "get right with God" or "clean their lives up" before they start attending Church services. Jesus said (Matthew 11:28), "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." In Matthew 9:12 he said, "...They that are whole need not a physician;..." We have an old axiom in the Church that sums these two scriptures up...it simply says, "Come as you are." Therein lies the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a hope, a saviour for lost humanity.
The Solid Rock Church Family