WHAT WE DO

We Meet I We Study I We Care

"You shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life..." - Philippians 2:15-16

What is a local church supposed to be? A local church is a group of faithful Christians, penitent believers who have been baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This makes them members of the one body, or church, of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:38,47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:13,18).

To do God's work in God's way, He wants His people to work and worship together as a spiritual team (Acts 2:42-47). In New Testament times, multitudes of local churches of Christ were planted by the gospel all over the world (Romans 16:16). There were no denominations; there was no man-made hierarchy of leadership over cities and regions and countries. The guiding ideal of our local church is that we conduct ourselves "in a manner worthy of the gospel . . . standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27). In a dark and dying world, this joint effort centers on "holding forth the word of life" (Philippians 2:16).

We Meet

So, a local church uses the New Testament, our perfect guide from the Holy Spirit, as the ideal rule of faith and practice for teaching, worship, and work (Colossians 3:17). The church relationship has been organized by God to equip its members to grow in the wisdom of God's Word toward the fulfillment of our souls' salvation (Ephesians 4:11-16). In our worship assemblies, it is each Christian’s aim to honor God in singing, prayer, partaking the Lord's Supper every Sunday, making financial offerings, and listening to God's Word preached (Acts 2:42,47; 20:7-11). This is just like the original churches we read about in the New Testament. We want our worship to God to be grounded in truth (John 4:24). Such draws us to the center of the universe before the throne of God and revitalizes us (Revelation 4:1-11). We trust that the Holy Spirit, through the inspiration of the Bible, shows us the right way to salvation and explains how the Lord wants to be worshiped (cf. 2 Tim. 3:15-17). The writer of Hebrews says, "So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God." (Heb. 12:28). 

We Study

We find that the short-cut to getting God and his word in our hearts is what God says to Timothy: “Do your best/Be diligent/Study/Make every effort to present yourself to God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15).

The family at Rocky Point does this in a couple of ways: we study on our own and we study with others.

We Care

This church is a spiritual family. Members of this local church are here to help each other through life's toughest challenges and serve God all the more through the blessings of life's successes. We strive to have and show genuine love and involvement in each other's lives. By working and worshiping together we help each other become the very best tools that the Lord reaches for to use in his kingdom (cf. Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 2:21). We are a people fitted for God’s hand to use for his purposes awaiting the day when he carries us home. There is no limit to the spiritual good that can be done in a local church of Christ by doing the Lord's work in the Lord's way. Where would we be without the Lord and his family? 

HOW WE DO IT

We Love God I We Love Each Other I We Love the World

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.‚Äč" - 1 Corinthians 13:13

We Love God

God has given grace and the only response appropriate to his grace is loving him. Grace is the source of our motivation to not only love God, but love obeying him (2 Tim. 2:1). John wrote it this way, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 Jn. 5:3; 2 Jn. 1:6). “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Ps. 63:3). 

We Love Each Other

There is a special bond that Christians share with each other. We are brethren, united into one spiritual home as brothers and sisters dwelling under the guidance, discipline, and protection of one spiritual Father (Mk. 3:33-35; Mt. 5:44-45). The reality of all kinds of people coming from different walks of life to live together in one house often means chaos. We are not immune to this reality, but we take to heart the word from our Father that we need multiple reminders we are a family that meets struggles with the care of a family: “Let brotherly love continue.” (Heb. 13:1). “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Rom. 12:10). “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,” (1 Pet. 1:22; see too, 1 Thes. 4:9; 1 Pet. 3:8; 2 Pet. 1:7). Love for one another is not denying that their is something wrong, but working to solve it to remain together. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” (Ps. 133:1). 

We Love the World

All of us once lived the way we saw fit without God (Deut. 12:8; Judg. 21:25; Prov. 12:15). We know the lure of the passing pleasures of life and still face temptations. But then we learned of God and came to know him. There is nothing more we want in this life than for people to come to know God (John 17:3). We know our love will not always be reciprocated by the world. Nevertheless, we love God, and we love his children, and because we know how wonderful it is to be his child, rescued from the world (Jn. 17:15), we cannot keep ourselves from following our heavenly Father’s example (Mt. 5:44-45) and loving those who may not know they need him, too (Eph. 2:3).