Many of us long to go deeper in our faith, to experience more of Jesus and to live more effective Christian lives. If you stare at the picture above long enough you will see Jesus and the four elements of the Gospel. At River Rock Church we desire that you experience the joys of the Fourfold Gospel and the blessings of living the Sanctified Life
Jesus, our Savior
The Name of Jesus has permeated every culture for more than 2,000 years. In the Name of Jesus, people have experienced great miracles as well as horrific persecution. Jesus made clear His purpose on earth; only through Him is salvation available.
Jesus’ death on a cross was the fulfillment of Old Testament law, which required blood atonement for sin. By His death and resurrection, we are redeemed from eternal separation from God, justified, made righteous, and accepted in His Name.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Jesus, our Sanctifier
Salvation for the believer happens in three tenses. First, in the past tense—we have been justified. Second, in the present tense, we are being sanctified, made over in the image of Jesus, as described in Romans 8:29. Finally, in the future tense, we will be glorified, according to 1 John 3:2, a process made possible by Christ, our Sanctifier.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).
Jesus, our Healer
A great portion of Christ’s earthly ministry was dedicated to healing the sick. We find no record in the gospels of Jesus turning away anyone who came to him for healing, nor do we find that any disease was too difficult for him to heal. He even raised the dead. Miraculous healings continue today—evidence that Christ still is our Healer.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up (James 5:15).
Jesus, our Coming King
You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven (Mark 14:62).
Completing Christ’s Commission
The Lord urged His followers as He sent them to spread the Good News throughout the land. That appeal will continue until the gospel, through the efforts of His Church, has reached all peoples, and He comes again.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).
The heart of The Alliance is the Fourfold Gospel, which focuses on Jesus as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. As part of our C&MA DNA, sanctification relates to our position in Christ and is the process by which we can live a Spirit-filled life.
Two Realities – Two Experiences
Jesus is “the one who is taking away the sin of the world” and “the one who is baptizing with the Holy Spirit” (John 1:29-33). All Christians understand first the first reality: that Christ’s blood has atoned for their sins and they no longer need to fear eternal separation from God. But most Christians do not understand or experience the second reality—the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Because many Christians have been badly taught, or because they have chosen to disregard the clear teaching of the New Testament regarding sanctification, they are missing out on much of what God has made available to every believer in Christ.
Two Kinds of Christians
The New Testament clearly teaches that there are two kinds of Christians. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, Paul talks about Christians who are “spiritual” and contrasts them with those who are “worldly,” or “carnal.” In Romans 7 and 8, the comparison is between those believers who are self-propelled and those who are Spirit driven. In Ephesians 5:18, he implies that some are “filled” and some are “not filled.”
Steps to A Spirit-Filled Life
The opportunity to experience the two realities of sanctification is available to every believer. The path to the Spirit-filled life requires taking faith-filled risks, which always involves change.
- Surrender We can’t make ourselves holy any more than we can make ourselves saved—we become holy only by realizing that we haven’t got what it takes to be holy (Romans 6:11; Romans 12:1â2).
- Accept Christ is our Sanctifier in the same way that He is our Savior (Colossians 2:6; Galatians 2:20).
- Abide We maintain a continuous relationship with Jesus through obedience to His Word (John 15:1â11).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do so few Christians experience the second reality of sanctification?
- Ignorance—Acts 19:3
- Sin—Ephesians 4:30
- Fear—1 Thessalonians 5:19
- Lack of desire—Matthew 5:6
- Is there a difference between the baptism and filling? The major problem here is that the New Testament does not clearly distinguish between several different words used to describe the dealings of the Holy Spirit with God’s people. Some of these include “baptized,” “filled,” “anointed,” and “sealed.” While the language the Bible uses to describe the experience may be ambiguous, the possibility of living a spirit-filled life is a clear reality.
- Is this a one-time experience? While the initial filling of the Holy Spirit usually comes as an experience subsequent to conversion, it is important to understand that sanctification is also a “progressive” experience (Philippians 2:12â13; Philippians 3:12â14; Colossians 2:6). It is also important to recognize that we need to be filled again and again because we leak!
Two Great Errors
- Avoiding the Holy Spirit out of fear: Many Christians run from God because of sin or preconceived feelings of worthiness. When we remember to live Jesus’ words from John 15, “Apart from me you can do nothing,” we realize that our daily sanctification depends on our willingness to surrender to Him.
- Seeking an experience or an emotion as the evidence that we have been filled: Experiences are temporary, and feelings are fleeting. God’s Word is true and everlasting. We can’t put our faith in an experience or a feeling, but only in His eternal Word.
You Gotta Wanna!
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).