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What We Believe

What We Believe

Here at Rockland, everyone is welcome, including those who have little or no church experience at all. As you get to know us, you will discover that our community of faith lives under the authority of the Bible and seeks to grow with these beliefs as a foundation.

Statements of Faith, Vision, and Mission

 

Statement of Faith

We believe in:

     The only true God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

     The divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible in faith and practice.

     The full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, who lived as a perfect example, who atoned for the sins of the world at the cross, who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as both Lord and Savior, and who will return in power and glory in the fullness of time to judge the living and the dead, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

     The true Church, which is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression where the Word of God is preached in its, purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained.

     The value and dignity of all humankind: originally created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but who became alienated from God and each other because of sin and guilt, and who are justly subject to the judgment of God.

     The justification (or being in right relationship with God), by God’s grace, of all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

     The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and transforming power the Christian is enabled to live out our new life and new calling to evangelism and discipleship of believers within the fellowship of the Church.

     The spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences.

In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, diversity; and in all things, charity.

Vision Statement
To know and encounter the love of Christ for the glory of God and the good of others.

Mission Statement
To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship and praise within a community of faith ▪▫ through teaching ▪▫ through reaching out to others in word and deed ▪▫ through loving and supporting one another ▪▫ through bringing people to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord so that together we will grow in “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit.”
II Corinthians 13:13

Covenant

The following covenant shall bind together in purpose and intent the members of our church:

We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the Will of God.In worshipping God we hold to be the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world. As did our fathers and mothers, we depend on theHoly Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and for eternal life, and with faith we shall work for the triumph of righteousness, justice, and peace.

The Sacraments

Christian Baptism
As established by the authority of the Holy Scriptures, we hold Baptism to be an act of initiation into the Christian Fellowship of one who, by public declaration of faith and repentance, shall affirm belief in what God's love has done in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as affirming his intent to engage actively in the extension of that love. We also baptize children and infants who have not reached the age of accountability as an act of dedication on the part of the parents to rear such infants or children according to the teaching of Christ, trusting that when such infants or children reach the age of accountability they will confirm this act of dedication/baptism for themselves through Confirmation.

The Lord's Supper (Eucharist, Holy Communion)
We hold the Lord's Supper to be a commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ as well as an act of dedication, fellowship and communion, first with Christ, then with one another, in Him.