Rotherham Evangelical Church aims to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ and help them grow into a community that reflects Jesus and his kingdom.
We hold several core values that flow from this vision statement.
That means we believe the Bible is not merely human words, but God speaking to us. Therefore, the focus of our services is on the Bible and not our clever thoughts or ideas. We believe that the Word of God is how God will transform our lives to make us look like Jesus.
"All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16); "No prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20-21)
As a result, we try to focus our entire ministry upon who Christ is and what he has done for us. We desire to be a "Christ-centered" church. We believe that eternal life comes when we submit to Jesus as our King and trust in his saving work—his perfect life, his death, his resurrection, his reign in heaven, and his coming return.
Martha, one of Jesus' first disciples, said to Jesus, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world" (John 11:27). 'Doubting' Thomas stopped doubting! He acknowledged Jesus: "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28). Elsewhere in the Bible it says 'if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the Dead, you will be saved' (Romans 10:9).
The church is the body of Christ, a community of Christ-followers called to collectively display Jesus and his kingdom. Part of what it means to do this is to demonstrate our commitment to one another in various ways as "the family of God".
We believe that all people are created to worship God. We share the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ because the Bible says that people become worshippers of God by embracing the death and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf.
Jesus' final command to his followers was this: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:18-20)