Our mission is to reach the unsaved, baptize, mature, and commission them to the mission and ministry God has called them for.
God desires that each and everyone of us truly become the "SALT" and "LIGHT" of the world. He is interested in giving purpose and significance to our lives for the purpose of giving glory to His name.
It is also His will for us to bring others to the faith and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A church must be driven by a process of individual growth so that everything we do will make an eternal difference.
God's 5 eternal purposes for the church
Worship: "Love the Lord your God with ALL..."
Ministry: "Love your neighbor as yourself..."
Evangelism: "Go and make disciples..."
Fellowship: "Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
Discipleship: "Teach them everything I have commanded you...
Two scriptures that give us God's eternal purposes for the Church are:
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself".
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you..."
How can I be received as a member of Living rock Christian Church
- By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and your desire to be baptized by immersion.
- By baptism by immersion if you have previously accepted Jesus but have not been baptized
- By your statement of faith that you have accepted Jesus and have been baptized by immersion.
What is the process for joining Living Rock Church
- At the conclusion of the worship service, during the prayer time at the altar, you may come forward and speak with one of the pastors and indicate your desire to become a member, or…
- On the Guest/Membership Card that’s found in the Sunday bulletin check the box indicating your desire to become a member and hand the card to one of the pastors or Deacons at the end of the service. Or place it on the offering bag, or...
- You may begin the process of becoming a member by filling out the on-line form under the “membership” tab. (We will add this feature somewhere)
Why is formal membership important?
For the individual
- It indicates a Christ-likeness. Jesus is committed to the church. Acts 2:47 says, “…and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Overwhelmingly, in the New Testament, when the word “church” is used, it is referring to the local church. So, those who were being saved were being included in the membership of the local church. Ephesians 5:25 says, “Christ loved the church, and gave His life for her.” Being committed to a local church through membership pleases God and indicates a Christ-like spirit.
- It demonstrates a Biblical world view. Popular culture says to us, “Don’t commit to anything – job, marriage, family, and even church.” Church membership goes against this tide and says, for this time in my life, I am going to belong to this local body of Christ-followers.
- It promotes spiritual growth. Spiritual accountability is a recurring theme in the New Testament. Its purpose is to make us more like Christ. Such spiritual growth takes place best in the environment of a loving, local church.
For the church
- In a very practical way, membership identifies and defines who can be entrusted with positions of leadership within the church.
What is the Covenant of Members?
- It shall be the duty of the members to attend the Church’s regular worship services; to cultivate personal holiness; to practice family devotions; to sustain the public ordinances of the Gospel; to contribute to the needful expenditures of the church; to spread the Gospel to all nations; to relieve the poor as much as possible; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to strive for the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge and holiness and to govern their actions, conversation and hearts by the precepts of God’s Word.
- It shall be the duty of the members to honor, esteem and love their Pastor(s) and to pray for them maintaining and manifesting a tender regard for their reputation.
- It shall be the duty of the membership to resolve all disputes according to Biblical principles and to refrain from suing one another, and if needed, willingly submit themselves to the discipline of the Church.
Pastor Israel accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour at the age of 16 through the fervent prayers of his parents and a former Sunday school teacher.
After graduating from high school, he and his family moved to the United States and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before entering full time ministry, Pastor Israel worked secularly in the field of Computer Aided Design Engineering.
He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel with the Pentecostal Church of God. He received his Bachelors Degree from San Jose Christian College (Now William Jessup University) and His Masters Degree from Western Seminary
In addition to studying the Bible his passions include listening to music and reading a good book. Pastor Israel is committed to seeing people not only come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ but also to see them grow in the grace and knowledge of Him who is the lover of our soul. Pastor Israel lives in San Jose California with his wife Dana and their children, Noah, Cassandra, and Paul.
What this means for you
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Living Rock. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the LRCC family.
Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, the button below.