WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.
WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in a relationship with God in order to be fully human.
WE BELIEVE that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
Adapted from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology. Copyright 2002, Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher.
Rock Springs Methodist Church was originally established in 1861. For several years, the new church met for worship and Sunday school in an old log school house. Before the church was officially organized, the people met for worship in different homes in the community. The early families who organized and led the church in its beginning were, for the most part, the same families that through the years played a prominent part in its life and growth...many still do.
The first church building was constructed in 1886 on ground donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Flinn. This location is the same as that on which the present church building stands. The original structure burned in 1905, and only a few pews and chairs were saved from the fire. The church was rebuilt in 1905 and used until 1944, when a new church building was constructed. Reverend P. E. Ramsey, who was the pastor at that time, mixed most of the mortar for the laying of the brick. He and his wife are now buried in the church cemetery.
In 1961, a building was constructed adjacent to the sanctuary to house classrooms and a fellowship hall. (The Fellowship Hall is available, at a nominal fee, for weddings and parties).
Today, in addition to the main structures, Rock Springs UMC maintains a residence that has been converted into a meeting place for our youth, two rental properties, two cemeteries, and a community park located just down the hill at 1751 Rock Springs Road.
God has richly blessed Rock Springs United Methodist Church. We are thankful for His faithfulness and for the families who helped to build the congregation and the buildings in which we gather. We hope to continue to honor their efforts by making sound decisions, daily living out God’s word, loving our church family, and reaching out to the community for His glory.