The Bible tells us that Jesus is God incarnate; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation. The writer of Hebrews explains how "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Many people believe that Jesus lived, was a good teacher and a very spiritual man, but they deny that he is God. A diluted Jesus is not the real Jesus. We must be careful to believe in the Jesus that He himself declared He was, "not be[ing] led astray from [our] sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3). Here are seven declarations and actions of Jesus that show us who He believed He was and is:
Matthew 26:63-65 "But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.' 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied. 'But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.' Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, 'He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.'"
John 8:58-59 "'I tell you the truth,' Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!' At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."
John 10:30-33 "'I and the Father are one.' Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?' 'We are not stoning you for any of these,' replied the Jews, 'but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.' "
John 14:8-9 "Philip said, 'Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.' Jesus answered: 'Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?' "
John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."
John 16:28 "I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
John 8:46 "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?"
Mark 2:5 "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'"
Luke 7:48, 49 "Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?' "
John 14:6 "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
John 11:25 "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'"
Matthew 14:33 "Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
John 9:38 "Then the man said, 'Lord Jesus, I believe,' and he worshiped him."
Matthew 4:23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."
Matthew 17:18 "Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment
Luke 8:49-50, 52-55 "While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. 'Your daughter is dead,' he said. 'Don't bother the teacher any more.' Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, 'Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.' Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. 'Stop wailing,' Jesus said. 'She is not dead but asleep.' They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, 'My child, get up!' Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat."
Luke 7:12-15 "As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.' Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, 'Young man, I say to you, get up!' The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother."
John 11:43-44 "When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.' "
Luke 24:5-8 "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words."
Once you've made a decision to follow Jesus Christ, your Next Step is baptism. Jesus called it the first step of obedience. Baptism is an outward expression of your inner commitment to God. You can find out more about baptism by attending our Membership Class. Baptism is a basic requirement for membership at Rocky River Church. If you would like to be baptized send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curious about Rocky River Church? Are you ready to become a part of the Rocky River Church Family? Then join us at our next membership class (we call it "Membership 101"). This is a class designed to explain who we are, what we believe, how we work, and our strategy for reaching and growing fully committed followers of Christ. It will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our church. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to join the church. Note: This class is a requirement for membership. See our calendar or watch the Sunday bulletin for dates, times and location for our next membership class. You can sign up for the next class by emailing email@example.com.
At Rocky River Church our volunteers make the difference! Every week (not just the weekends) hundreds of people come together to use their gifts and talents to lead people from where they are to where God wants them to be. Volunteering is for folks who want to make a difference in their community. It has benefits for you too. By volunteering at Rocky River Church, you are investing your life into something bigger than yourself. It is also a great way to really get involved in the church and make new friends. We've broken it down into three groups with different areas to serve each group.
If you're interested in volunteering at Rocky River Church send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch with you very soon.
Engaging in Christ-centered community is essential to your growth and maturity as a Christian. Rocky River recognizes that some of you may already have Christ-centered fellowship, group Bible study and accountability in your life. We offer short-term groups in homes that allow you to take a Next Step in your journey with Jesus while connecting with others to discuss the current sermon series. At Rocky River we call our groups Life Groups. Perhaps a Life Group wasn't what you were looking for. If you are new to Rocky River Church or the area, and want to find out how to connect at Rocky River, check out the "Commit" section for Church Membership. If you are interested in joining, starting, or leading a group, send an email to email@example.com or call our church office at 704-454-7244.
Many times in life we encounter difficulties that seem overwhelming. We face decisions and are unsure how to best proceed, or we just need someone to help guide us in how to move forward according to God's principles. That's why the church is here! How do I Receive Pastoral Care at Rocky River? To receive pastoral care at Rocky River simply follow the steps below:
Note: Rocky River pastors will not meet privately behind closed doors with members of the opposite sex. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office.