Together we seek the lost, love the hurting, and disciple believers to do the same.
WE INVITE YOU TO COME AS YOU ARE.
Sunday Sermons at 9:30 am
Bible study and fellowship opportunities following service.
This is amazing Church! We cannot thank you enough for the sacrifices you have made to make this Church building and renovations possible! What an amazing God we serve and Church family we have. We love you and appreciate you all so much! "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured unto your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
God bless you all!
Essential Rock Church & Friends,
Leaders at Essential Rock Church will be sharing and posting a daily encouraging faithful comment and prayer. Please enjoy!
Run if you will….
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful and appointed me to service. 13I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man; yet because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief, I was shown mercy. 14And the grace of our Lord overflowed to me, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.15This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. 16But for this very reason I was shown mercy, so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His perfect patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:12-15. NAS
There is an abundance of messages in these verses but I want to focus on the message that the Spirit incites my heart. When I first read this Scripture, I too considered myself to be the worst sinner on the planet. I related to Paul’s description of himself completely! We were two peas in a pod, comrades, bros! I carried the same weight of sin and shame….coming short of murdering christians. But I did persecute Christians, or as I called them,”church people”, before becoming one. I didn’t drag them through the streets or throw them into prison, if it were possible, I’m sure I would have. I hated anything associated with church and God. For too many years as a child growing into adulthood, I witnessed hypocrisy after hypocrisy, unsettling acts of hate, gossip and condemnation from the church I was affiliated with as a child. My family not only supported the church’s behavior, they emulated it at home and in the community. Christianity was a farce! If this is who God is…I want no part of Him! What I learned was, God was angry, hateful, didn’t care for anyone and just plain mean. In my mind I envisioned Him peeking His head around a cloud sticking His tongue out at me and disappearing.
So I had my excuse to live life the way I wanted…. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll! And I pushed it to the max in everything. But in the middle of all my shame, my pain, my revelry and anger towards Him, God my Father, the Creator of love, mercy and patience, had a different plan for me. As Paul, God counted me and all of us worthy, through His eternal love, to be used as an example of Jesus’s mercy. Me? Seriously God….me!? You’ve got the wrong number. The one you want is down the street. Did you forget what I’ve done?! Nope, He didn’t, but what He did remember is His plan for me and He is faithful to complete it until the return of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6). And believe me….He never, ever gives up!
I encourage you to ponder this devotional today. First and foremost, the mercy God had for St. Paul is the same magnitude of love and mercy He has for you. Secondly, He has a plan for you. Are you fighting it? Running from it? Refusing to believe He’s called you to do such a thing? Well I gotta tell ya….I’ve lived that same deception for decades and believe me, when He says, "He has a plan for you", my suggestion is to go for it because I have found running from it made life a little more difficult because, besides the obvious trials of running from God, there was always this loving pang in my heart that continually reminded me, He is faithful to complete it! Which I interpreted it as “He ain’t givin' up, so you might as well give in”.
I still struggle with my calling to be an example of God’s mercy in Christ but I must admit to you I’m more at peace in my life, and with His plan rather than running from it, I find it easier to embrace it. As frightful as it might seem, to some of us, there is a sense of security in surrender and I encourage you to give it a try…..you have all to gain and nothing to lose.
Please….pray with me,
Father, there are many of us who struggle with the notion that we are good enough to even receive Your mercy of salvation and all the less to honestly believe we are called to go out and be examples of Your mercy, when the fact is, we’re not, but Your mercy makes us more than worthy. Your Word disputes our questioning Your promise You are faithful in mercy, faithful in love, and You will never leave us or forsake us and faithful to complete the good work You started in us. Bring us to that truth in our spirit and hearts and give us the faith and courage to walk the path You have placed before each one of us by illuminating it with Your Word and loving hand. Strengthen us to be the light of Your love and mercy and to shine Christ in a dying, desperate world. We humbly thank You and praise You for counting us worthy. We pray in the mighty and merciful name of Jesus our Lord and Savior… Amen.
It’s Time To Regather!!!
Phase One Safe Practices for Essential Rock Church - Opening May 31st:
(All efforts will be made to provide a health safe church but health safety can’t be guaranteed)
Every Effort Will Be Taken To:
- Provide a safely sanitized Church
- Protect children with no Sunday School, just yet
- Protect babies by offering no nursery, just yet
- No weekday/weekend ministry groups will meet in this phase at Church.
- Masks are welcome and highly encouraged, but not mandated. (Those concerned are encouraged to take in our livestream until they feel safer)
- Families are invited to sit together. If needed, chairs can be separated, also, distant rows can be added for separation.
- Rubber gloves are welcome as well
- We request everyone follow safe separation (distancing) policy recommendations.
- No live communion temporarily during phase one. Please partake at home, or bring your own elements from home and partake during our livestream communion time as an individual or family at church. (Phase two will have individually wrapped/sealed communion elements for people to use).
- No passing of baskets for offering. They will be set out for people to make their tithe and offerings.
- No paper bulletins handed out. You can print your own from home before church, plus preprint your sermon notes to bring.
- Those with health concerns, risk factors, or living with those who do, are encouraged to stay home.
- Someone feeling sick or with a temperature above normal must stay home.
- Hand sanitizer is placed all around church
- No hand shakes or hugs
- Please bring your own Kleenex as we don’t offer shared use for now.
- Services will be purposely kept to 60 minutes or less to minimize gathering interaction time.
- Church will have a 2 day non-use rest period after Sunday services to allow any active virus to expire on most surfaces before cleaning crew volunteers clean.
- We will be omitting snacks and coffee bar until further notice. Feel free to bring your own coffee/tea!
We ask people to follow CDC recommendations and watch local and state guidelines as well.
Their is no pressure or judgements made on when you return. Seek God and be led by the Spirit as you individually, or as a family, decide when to return to live group church services. Our live-streaming is now a regular ongoing option for all.
God Bless Us As We Worship Our God!!!
If you happen to miss church, you still have the option to give. Click the picture to give tithes and offerings. This will direct you to our main campus, Christ the Rock Church. You can give with or without a login. You will need to enter amount and campus, Essential Rock Church. Thank you for being faithful stewards with what the Lord has given you.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
2 Corinthians 9:7