Connecting to a

CHRIST

centered life and

KINGDOM

centered living

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 
1/28/21 Update:
 
In-Person services will resume Sunday January 31st. Please read the full letter from Pastor Dave and Pastor Michael about the details of resuming services.
 
 
For those not ready or not able to meet in person at this time, we will continue to live stream Sunday services at the Rock’s Facebook page or at rockcle.org/live
 
 
 
 

NEW HERE?

 
We’re excited to meet you! In the meantime, here is what you’ll want to know:
 

SUNDAY SERVICES

Our Sunday service begins at 10:02 AM. It usually lasts around 75 minutes. Plan to stay and join us for refreshments and to connect with other attenders in the Rock Hall following the service.

ROCK KIDS

Children ages infant through 5th grade can join the Rock Kids classrooms during the Sunday church services.
Kid’s Check In is located in the main church entrance.
 
 

WHAT TO WEAR

Your Browns hoodie or your favorite flannel will fit right in here. But if you enjoy dressing in your Sunday best, that’s awesome too. You do you.

WE’VE GOT THE COFFEE READY FOR YOU

Stop in a few minutes before 10 and grab some coffee or tea from the Rock Hall before the service gets started.

ABOUT THE ROCK

Located in Garfield Heights, OH, at The Rock we try to take a simple and straightforward approach to church. With a warm and loving atmosphere we want people to know that faith isn’t a guilt trip. Christianity is relevant, church can be meaningful, and a relationship with Jesus is life-changing. You won’t find anyone here trying to pretend to be spiritual superstars. We are real people who are committed to deepening our relationship with God and others.
 
 We are committed to traditional and vintage Christian beliefs that are summarized in the creeds of the church. However, no matter where you’re at on your spiritual journey, we want you to know that you’re welcome here. We want to be a safe place for you to explore authentic Christianity or grow in the faith.
 
We are also deeply committed to service, justice, and compassion. We desire to see transformation of our people, our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world through sharing the Good News of God’s Kingdom in meaningful and practical ways.
 
We desire to connect to Christ through personal and corporate worship. We desire to connect the body of Christ through small groups. We desire to connect the disconnected through service and sharing the Gospel.
 
We value truth, diversity, holistic outreach, spiritual community and kingdom partnerships. Read our complete value statements.
 
 
 
Why do you start your worship services at 10:02 AM?
 
We’re glad you asked. It’s to remind us of something that Jesus said in Luke 10:2.  “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ When Jesus tells us to pray for something, we should probably take it seriously. 
 
God is on mission in our world, restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls.  He’s invited us to join Him on that mission. We start our worship service at 10:02 AM with this prayer to remind ourselves that as part of the Church, we’re not here for ourselves.  We gather together as people who are sent; sent out into the world by Jesus to share His love and serve others in His name.

EVENTS

 
 

SERMONS & BLOG

Current Sermon Series:
COVID-19 has been a challenge for churches. The Rock is no exception. But with every challenge comes the opportunity to receive fresh grace and new mercies from God. Sometimes challenges call us to receive that grace and mercy and get back to basics. This series is an exploration of what is the fundamental nature of Church and how we can more fully live into that nature.
 
 
 
 

Mar 22, 2020
Standing in the Storms
Series: (All)
Luke 6:46-49
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  • Mar 22, 2020Standing in the Storms
    Mar 22, 2020
    Standing in the Storms
    Series: (All)
    Luke 6:46-49
  • Mar 15, 2020Be Still My Soul
    Mar 15, 2020
    Be Still My Soul
    Series: (All)
     
  • Mar 8, 2020The Servant Kingdom
    Mar 8, 2020
    The Servant Kingdom
    Matthew 20:20-28
  • Mar 1, 2020Come to Me
    Mar 1, 2020
    Come to Me
    Matthew 11:28-30
  • Feb 23, 2020Deliver Us
    Feb 23, 2020
    Deliver Us
    Matthew 6:13
  • Feb 16, 2020As We Forgive
    Feb 16, 2020
    As We Forgive
    Matthew 6:12
  • Feb 9, 2020Forgive Us
    Feb 9, 2020
    Forgive Us
    Matthew 6:12
  • Feb 2, 2020Give Us This Day
    Feb 2, 2020
    Give Us This Day
    Matthew 6:11
  • Jan 26, 2020Your Kingdom Come
    Jan 26, 2020
    Your Kingdom Come
    Matthew 6:10
  • Jan 19, 2020Our Father
    Jan 19, 2020
    Our Father
    Matthew 6:9

Blog Posts:

Remember We Have Seen Jesus

I’ve recently been reading through the book of John and came upon chapter 9. In this chapter Jesus heals a blind beggar and stirs the pot with the religious leaders of the time. They disapprove of Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath (a holy day on which no work was to be done) and quiz the poor ex-blind beggar’s family of who they believe Jesus to be. When the man cannot deny that something miraculous and divine has just occurred in his life, the religious leaders kick him out of the synagogue (their place of worship). I’ll spare the sermon but wanted to give an idea of what is happening in the chapter and why the next part is so ground breaking to me. After the ex-blind beggar is thrown out of the synagogue, Jesus approaches him and the interaction goes like this:

“When Jesus heard what had happened he found the man and asked, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’.The man answered, ‘Who is he sir? I want to believe in him’. Jesus says, ‘You have seen him and he is speaking to you’. The man then says, ‘Yes, Lord I believe’ and worshipped Jesus”. (v. 35-38)


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