It starts with a story
Jesus once told a story about a young man who demanded his inheritance from his (still living) father, left town, and wasted everything he owned on himself. But when all of the ‘fun’ was over, he was still just as empty as before. Only now he was poor too.
After working on a pig farm for a while, he decided he’d go back home and ask to become his father’s servant. So he headed back to his hometown.
When the young man’s father saw him coming, he ran to him, embraced him, gave him a new set of clothes, and threw a party. Meanwhile, the young man’s older brother became bitter and angry. He had been faithful to his dad. He hadn’t demanded his inheritance and then wasted it. He would probably have been happier if his brother had never come back.
Their father, knowing the family drama that was brewing, went to the older brother and asked him what was wrong. And the older brother let loose. He told his dad exactly how he felt and demanded to know why his younger brother was being honored for living such a ‘sinful’ life.
The father, loving both of his sons as he did, looked at the older brother and said, “Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found” (Luke 15:31-32).
Loving like the Father
For too many people, the Church has been more like the older brother in Jesus’ story than the Father. Rather than experiencing the grace, forgiveness, and love of God, they’ve known only hurt, frustration, and shame.
At Rock Chapel, we want to love everyone we meet like the Father. Whether you’re married, single, divorced, rich, poor, young, or old, we will welcome you with open arms and loving hearts.
We want to be a place where you can experience the love of God and discover the joy of being part of God’s family.