We believe that there is more to life than going to college, graduating, getting a job, buying a house and finding a spouse, and forever pursuing status and things. Everyone has a job to do, whether it's paid or not...so there has to be more than just doing.
The Rock on Campus wants to challenge students to consider how to do the everyday ordinary...in extraordinary ways. We want to encourage the discovery that there are extraordinary ways to do the ordinary everyday things we do in life, and we want to encourage students to be 'uncommon' in a very 'common' world.
Could it be that living a life of significance is about doing the ordinary of life with a clear object in mind? Is it possible that how we do, what we do, makes a complete difference in life? Can there really be more than the day-to-day chores of living, that makes living an exciting adventure?
Everyone believes in something. It may be a god, a philosophy, a politician, a charismatic leader, or a belief in yourself. Perhaps your entire life is built upon the notion that there is nothing supernatural, and that the only belief system that works is a belief in what you have now, what you see now, or what you can get for yourself.
The Rock on Campus is an organization that stands firmly upon the belief in a God who is alive and who wants to be involved in your life. We believe in the reality that Jesus was a Jewish man who lived some 2000 years ago, who made very clear claims about who he was, including that he was God's son. This Jesus was killed on a Roman cross at the hands of the religious leaders of his day in response to his claims. The Rock on Campus also believes that after 3 days, this Jewish man who was dead, didn't stay in the tomb that he was laid in...but came back to life. In fact, because we believe that Jesus rose from the dead, which some refer to as 'the resurrection,' we also believe that everything Jesus said about himself is true.
What did he say? Well there is not enough room on this page to list everything. (It is possible to find out what Jesus said in the four gospels of the Christian Bible). But, because of this 'resurrection' and because of what Jesus said about who he was and what he can do, The Rock on Campus believes that you and I can have a vibrant and meaningful relationship with the God of the universe, that "religion" was the one thing that Jesus hoped to entirely eliminate, and that men and women the world over can have real meaning and purpose in their "Monday to Sunday" living.
Hundreds of years ago, there was a conference of men and women who put together a basic structure of belief in response to a society that was pluralistic and multi-cultural. This basic structure has since been referred to as the Nicene Creed and has lasted throughout time as a durable and concise document for those who desire to be identified with the Christian community. It was an opportunity to come together and declare what Christians can believe in and what can unite them together in the face of so many voices in society.
The Rock on Campus subscribes to this structure, so we've included it on this page, just in case you, the reader, really want to know: What We Believe
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God; begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.
*The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In addition, The Rock on Campus is affiliated with Elim Fellowship Canada, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Campus Ministry network, the Christian Churches Network of London, and has recently received affiliate status with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
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