Rogers Park Community Church Core Purpose Statement
The purpose of Rogers Park Community church is to enrich the faith of this local body by
- deepening personal LOVE for God and a reliance on His grace,
- enabling the discovery, development,
- deployment of spiritual gifts,
- teaching sound biblical doctrine, and
- fostering a love for one another,
in order to magnify the greatness of God's GLORY in the Gospel for the furthering of His Kingdom by
- providing for practical needs,
- articulating the good news of Jesus Christ,
- building loving relationships, and
- engaging in the global mission of the Church.
The doctrines below are a snapshot summary of what we believe. Our Doctrinal Statement outlines very specifically where we stand on traditional church issues.
The Word of God. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and the original manuscripts are fully inspired and without error. We believe that the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Trinity. We believe that there is one living and true God that eternally exists in three Persons. They are equal in divine perfection, and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
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 each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His perpetual intercession for His people, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and visible personal return to earth.
The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He came to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ; He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
Regeneration. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior.
The Church. We believe that the universal Church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe that the local Church consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who are baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God laid the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world upon the members of the local Church.
Christian Conduct. We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well being of others. Their conduct should be blameless before the world. They should be faithful stewards of their possessions. Finally, they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
The Ordinances. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local Church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Religious Liberty. We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. Each Church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe, therefore, that church and state must be kept separate and should serve different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
Church Cooperation. We believe that local Churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Baptist General Conference or one of its district conferences, exists and functions by the will of the Churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
The Last Things. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.