Love God; Love people!
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is, Love your neighbor, as you love yourself.
2nd John 1:6 Love means that we obey God’s commands. From the beginning you have heard that we must all live in love.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go then and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.
John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.
I (PJP) am the single richest person on the planet. I am the Pastor of the most loving church in the world. I am overwhelmed with God’s goodness. Biblically, as your Pastor, I desire, and have the authority, to take all of the blessings that are on my life and release them onto every area of your life. Psalms 133 It is wonderful when God’s people dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down… [consecrating the whole body]. It is like the dew of Mount Hermon flowing down the hills of Zion; there the Lord has commanded the blessing forevermore.
We (your Pastors) are very transparent. We are the exact same on the platform of Solid Rock as we are at home behind closed doors. What you see is what you get. We love the Lord with our whole heart, but we’re not perfect. We pray that our lives of open truth and transparency encourages you to want more of Jesus. 2nd Corinthians 4:2 we refuse to wear masks and play games, rather we keep everything out in the open, the whole truth is on display.
Every person at Solid Rock has the opportunity to grow in God’s Word and be trained to serve the body of Christ by building relationships through fun, exciting, simple Bible studies that are always provided. PJP also communicates a simple, well prepared, clearly explained, applicable message each Sunday morning that is available on CD to ensure that everyone has the ability to listen and study God’s Word on their own, in a tiny group, short group, small group, or discipleship class.
Ephesians 6:11-12 Christ gave gifts to people; He appointed some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers; for the equipping of the saints, that they should learn to serve, in order to build up the body of Christ.
Our Pastors desire for ALL people to have a relationship with Jesus. We have much patience and love for those who have made mistakes and desire a new beginning. It’s so exciting to adopt more and more people into our family. God loves each person (regardless of race, age, nationality, or even religion) unconditionally, and we happily commit ourselves to encouraging everyone to accept His unconditional love.
John 3:16 for God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
We believe in the entire Word of God from Genesis to Revelation and we use the Bible in its entirety as our source of success in obedience to the Lord. You will never find another church like Solid Rock. Our family is made up of the most unique, cheerful, and amazing people in the entire world. We have four main core values that our church family holds dear to our hearts. These core values are found in God’s Word and have equipped us to become a very healthy, productive, well-balanced, safe, and loving church. These four Core Values help us to accomplish our vision of making disciples and training the members of Solid Rock to LOVE GOD & LOVE PEOPLE! Thank you for allowing us to share our Core Values with yo
Matthew 20:28 the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life.
We love to serve our family. The purpose of the church is to train its people how to serve. Our heart is to enthusiastically honor Jesus by washing the feet of His bride, the local church. Our prayer is that you will be energized with the Love of God, to give of yourself, after you join our Solid Rock family. Mark 9:35 Jesus said, If you want to be the greatest you must learn to be the servant of all.
We serve by getting involved. Getting involved helps us to build healthy relationships (which is one of our main goals at Solid Rock). Here are some areas of ministry we offer at SRM: Music, men’s fellowship, children’s church/events, small groups, short groups, tiny groups, prayer chain, prayer services, landscaping, youth, weddings, 50’s plus, 30-50 group, young adults, 3C’s, women’s breakfast club, mommy’s group, church cleaning, drama team, hospitality team, ushering, senior saints, SOS (card ministry), communion team, media team, choir, missions, healing meals, hospital visitation, sports ministry, and much more. Galatians 6:10 As often as we have the chance, let us do good to all people (what is good for their spiritual advantage), especially to those who belong to God’s family with you.
In order to be most effective in “church ministry” our spouse and children are a high priority. We enforce a safe boundary by not asking anyone to oversee more than 2 areas of ministry nor serve in more than 3 areas of ministry.
We work very hard to have long-term healthy relationships. If we are ever offended, hurt, or confused, by something at SRM, we will: contact that person with questions such as: “Can you please help me to understand why…?” Proverbs 18:13 It is embarrassing to answer before listening to the facts. Proverbs 18:15 Intelligent people are always eager to learn; and the ear of the wise inquire knowledge.
Please assume that no person purposely intended to hurt or offend you, but a mistake was simply made or there is a misunderstanding. Friends go directly to their friend when they are bothered or confused in any way. Friends may not always agree, but we can always be gracious and kind. 1st Corinthians 13:7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best in every person…
The family members of Solid Rock are very loving and helpful people. However, we are human and can make mistakes. If you are ever offended, hurt, or confused and wish to speak to me (PJP), I will do all I can to hear your heart. I will use all of my resources to try to resolve this situation in a way that pleases the Lord and everyone involved- by teaching you how to deal with offenses or when someone sins against you.
Hebrews 12:15 Let no one become like a bitter plant of resentment that grows up and causes many to become contaminated.
1st Peter 4:8 And above everything, love one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
When a person doesn’t handle an offense or a misunderstanding Biblically, a lot of times they will speak to others about the situation. Not only does this grow the bitter root on the inside of the offended person, but it also causes strife in our family. Matthew 12:25 a house with internal strife is continually brought to destruction. Romans 12:18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everyone.
We have very little tolerance for strife, discord, and/or drama. We will do whatever it takes to help someone who struggles in this area, in order to provide a safe & peaceful environment for all members of Solid Rock. We will love and accept any person who is willing to be a maintainer of peace, but we cannot allow someone to harm our family by continuously sowing discord. If this ever occurs our Pastor will handle it in love, with an objective to bring healing into the life of the individual. Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, my friends, watch out for those who cause divisions… I warn you to avoid them. 1st Corinthians 5:11-13 Do not associate with any Christian who is a slanderer… Do not even sit down to eat with such a person. Drive out that wicked one from among you. Expel him from your church.
1st Peter 2:17 Show respect for all men.
We treat one another with great respect. We do not permit anyone at SRM (PJP included) to give any personal advice or suggestions unless they have first asked our permission & won our heart. Once someone feels free to tell you what you should be doing w/o first asking your permission and winning your heart, they have reduced you to a child & that relationship has become manipulative. Jesus died so every Christian can come directly to God and does not need another man to tell him God’s personal will for his life. We are very proud to say that our church is gracious and very careful to ask permission before we give suggestions. Our heart is for you to become confident in hearing the voice of the Lord. John 16:13 When the Spirit comes, He will lead you…He will speak to you…The Spirit will take what I say and reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
“ARP” an acronym that stands for- Advice Requires Permission. We use “ARP” when we feel as though a boundary has been crossed. 1st Corinthians 13:5 Love is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.
We greatly respect the spoken Word. Our Sunday morning service is filled with laughter, love, joy, inspirational music, and a 30-minute applicable message. During the Sunday morning sermon we strive to prevent ANY disruptions (caused by cell phones, children/babies, late-comers walking down the aisle after the message has begun) so that each person can receive God’s Word with practicality and understanding.
We appreciate our ushers who are always striving to maintain an atmosphere of peace. We work hard to create an environment of safety, security, and order. Nursery is provided during the entire service for children ages 0 to 3 years old. After praise and worship, ages 4-9 are dismissed to their different classes. Our children’s church is filled with tons of fun, games, learning, prizes, and Jesus.
1st Corinthians 14:40 (in a church service) All things should be done with regard to decency, propriety, and in an orderly fashion.
We do not argue over doctrinal issues. We recognize that many people interpret God’s Word on different levels; mainly based on the degree of glory they are in at the present time. We respect each other’s views on the end times, Gifts of the Spirit, worship, etc. If we can submit to the authority at Solid Rock and these 4 Core Values, then the rest is between you and the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:1 Welcome those who are weak in faith, but do not argue with them about their personal opinions. (Do not criticize them for having different beliefs than yours). Titus 3:9 Avoid foolish arguments about the Law, for they are unprofitable for you.
Luke 6:38 Give, and God will give to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall they give unto you. For the measure that you use, God will use for you. We bring the first 10% of our income to the Lord. The beautiful thing about the tithe (10%), is that it allows everyone to contribute equally to their family. (Hebrews 7) Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me, says the Lord, see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of blessings. We love to give toward the building of God’s Kingdom through our local church! Since our heart belongs to God, and we are New Testament believers, 100% of all that we have is His. Matthew 6:21 Your heart will always be where your riches are. 2nd Corinthians 9:7 God loves a cheerful giver whose heart is in his giving. *We offer financial counseling- if this is an area that you struggle with.
Finally, If God has called Solid Rock to be your church family, and you are willing to submit yourself to His Word and our four Core Values, then I (PJP) am willing to do whatever it takes (in accordance to God’s Word) to help you win. John 10:11 the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Pastor JP, and the Solid Rock Ministries Family
JOIN THE SOLID ROCK FAMILY!
1. Attend “Pizza with the Pastor” Once every 2 months The Pastors of Solid Rock invite everyone who has been visiting our church, to come hang out on a Sunday afternoon with the Pastors and Leaders. This is a great time for you to check out how “normal” we are as we ask and answer lots of questions to get to know each other. We look forward to hearing everything you love about Solid Rock at Market Common.
2. Listen to our Core Values! Our 2 CD (4 sermons) series on the Core Values of Solid Rock is what helps us have such healthy relationships as well as a safe, peaceful, and fun “church of Love” filled with the most wonderful people in the world. Our Core Values teach us what is required of each member of our church.
3. Chat with your Pastors. Your Pastors will be so excited to hear from you when you’re ready to become part of our immediate family. They will make sure that you’ve made some new friends through one of our regular social functions or by being a part of a Bible Study group. Our Pastors will also get you ready to start serving the body of Christ (the local church) in some way that fits your soul.