UPON THE ROCK'S
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God. These sixty-six books of the Bible are God-Breathed, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
(II Timothy 3:16, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we believe that they are equal in every distinct perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
(Matthew 28:19, John 14:13-18, II Corinthians 13:14)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 4:6, I Chronicles 29:11-13, John 14:6-7)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, who has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We further believe that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible return from heaven.
(John 10:14-15; 10:30; 14:6-7 & 9, Romans 6:8-9; 8:38-39,
I Corinthians 15:3-4, I Peter 1:18-21, II Corinthians 5:21)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to implement Christ's work of redeeming the lost, to empower the believer for godly living and service, and to convict the world of sin.
(I Corinthians 2:10-13, John 3:5-7; 14:16-17; 16:7-9)
We believe God originally created humans to glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, and live their lives in God’s will. He created them male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe all people are sinners by nature and choice and are spiritually dead. We also believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Genesis 1:26; 2:7, Isaiah 43:7, Revelations 4:11)
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross, and is received by faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. This salvation is instantaneous when the repentant sinner, enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to Jesus Christ’s offer of eternal life. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. We also believe that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(John 3:3-7 & 16-18; 5:24; 6:37-40 & 44, Romans 8:33-29,
Ephesians 1:3-14, Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7)
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have shown a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service. We believe that two ordinances have been committed to the Church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life.
It is a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ, not a requirement for salvation. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination. Whereas, the elements of communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the Lord's Supper is nevertheless an actual Communion with the risen Christ, who is present in a unique way, fellowshipping with His people. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16, I Corinthians 11:23-26; 12:12-13,
Acts 2:38-42, Romans 6:1-11)
We believe that the supreme task of believers is to glorify God in their life and that their conduct should be above reproach before the world. We further believe that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ.
(II Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:1-17, I Peter 4:1-11)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, in eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgment, rewards and punishments.
(II Corinthians 5:10, Proverbs 24:12, Revelations 20:11-15)