The Rock Odessa

The Rock Odessa

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Pastor and Family Appreciation Sunday. We love our pastor and family. They are awesome and so special to all of us!
Join us for our Christmas Eve Service.

Doors Open @4:30pm Service Starts @5pm
Location: The Rock Odessa
4803 Plaza Blvd
Odessa, TX
Thank you to my Rock Family for the very special and surprising honor you gave me yesterday. The recognition, the cards, the gifts, your loving words, the reception...all very humbling. It’s has been an honor to serve at The Rock. Couldn’t pass this chance to share a special card from Julian & Gabby. It made my day awesome!!
Pray for our pastor and wife, Ty & Tonya Coke, and a team of 8 from The Rock Odessa, in Kosovo this week. They will be involved in the largest outreach event in Kosovo history. Pray for a great harvest of souls.

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Operating as usual

11/27/2021

This Sunday we kick off the Christmas season…don’t miss it!

It’s going to be a month packed with great music, worship, and fellowship. We have a month packed with fun activities for the kids too!

Bring yourself or bring your family. It doesn’t matter what you wear or where you are at in life…we want to celebrate the season with you!

See you Sunday!

This Sunday we kick off the Christmas season…don’t miss it!

It’s going to be a month packed with great music, worship, and fellowship. We have a month packed with fun activities for the kids too!

Bring yourself or bring your family. It doesn’t matter what you wear or where you are at in life…we want to celebrate the season with you!

See you Sunday!

11/19/2021

Impossible situations…this Sunday we conclude our message on the desperate father from a different perspective.

We would love to have you worship with us! Come as you are!

Next week we kick off the Christmas season at The Rock!

Impossible situations…this Sunday we conclude our message on the desperate father from a different perspective.

We would love to have you worship with us! Come as you are!

Next week we kick off the Christmas season at The Rock!

11/12/2021
11/06/2021

Do you have an impossible situation in your life? Something you desperately need God to intervene in?

Join us tomorrow for a powerful message from the book of Luke.

DONUTS ☑️
COFFEE ☑️
WORSHIP ☑️
FELLOWSHIP ☑️

Childcare for preschool and under! Kindergarten and up join us in the service this week!

See you at 10am!

4803 Plaza Blvd

Do you have an impossible situation in your life? Something you desperately need God to intervene in?

Join us tomorrow for a powerful message from the book of Luke.

DONUTS ☑️
COFFEE ☑️
WORSHIP ☑️
FELLOWSHIP ☑️

Childcare for preschool and under! Kindergarten and up join us in the service this week!

See you at 10am!

4803 Plaza Blvd

11/04/2021

You need to know this today

10/29/2021

Join us this Sunday!

We have a powerful, but fun message for the whole family.

Kids wear your costumes!!

See you Sunday!

Join us this Sunday!

We have a powerful, but fun message for the whole family.

Kids wear your costumes!!

See you Sunday!

07/08/2021

REACH Revival Night!

06/13/2021
06/12/2021
06/04/2021

We’re excited for Sunday morning...and we’re excited for you to join us!

We’re excited for Sunday morning...and we’re excited for you to join us!

05/16/2021
05/15/2021

See you tomorrow morning church!!

05/02/2021
05/01/2021

Don’t miss out!

10 am

Don’t miss out!

10 am

04/25/2021
04/18/2021
Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 04/07/2021

In this last part we see the disciples have an encounter with Jesus that they didn’t see coming. He reappears to the disciples to find that they’ve gone back to what they’ve known in the past-fishing.

Jesus, upon sight, could’ve easily been frustrated, after all they saw and witnessed firsthand, but they went back to what was comfortable and easy for them. Instead, Jesus decides to yet again make a miracle out of a moment.

He basically says something like this in my head “Yo no luck in catching today? Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”

The bible describes this net catching moment as it being so heavy from such a large catch, they couldn’t even haul it up. Then it hit them. John says to Simon Peter, without hesitation, “IT IS THE LORD”!!! Once they saw the impossible happen yet again in front of their eyes, they couldn’t help but recognize Jesus for who He is.

First lesson we can internalize from this passage- Jesus is easily found when we acknowledge the work He’s doing in our lives. The disciples had known Jesus, yet when He appeared to them on the shore they had no idea who was present. Why? No one knows why, but as soon as they saw Him do this act, they couldn’t help but recognize who was in their midst.

Life is full of challenges that blind us or keep us distracted, but the moment we shift our attention to the work of Jesus in our lives and in the lives of those around us, it is undeniable that He is present, speaking and doing a new thing.

God is constantly doing something new, are our eyes open to see it though? Even when the odds are against us and it seems like God is hard to be found, He is actually right beside us working on our behalf and revealing Himself to us despite our hardship.

Another lesson we see is that one person’s acknowledgment of Jesus opened the eyes of the people around him. John recognized Jesus for who He was after casting the net, and as soon as Simon Peter heard, he jumped in the water and began to swim to the shore to meet Him.

We are called as Christ followers to open the eyes of the blind. Community is crucial in our walk with Jesus we were never meant to do life alone. Not only do we need to be surrounded by people who will point us back toward Jesus, but we also need to surround people with the love and value that Jesus sees in them. Just as we need to have our eyes opened we are called to open the eyes of those around us with the Truth of who God is.

Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 04/06/2021

Don’t let doubt take you out

Imagine with me for a sec…. Imagine what is must have been like for the disciples to show up to the empty tomb or see Jesus appear through a locked room out of nowhere… What would have you done?
I would have been “um ok so where is his body. I so know this is where He supposed to be but He is not here.”
Seeing him walk through a locked room I literally would have jumped yelled and possibly said something that I can’t type on here. I would have been in total disbelief.

If not careful, we can read passages like John 20 and see the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial in an ancient tomb and feel so distant from this story that we forget the reality that it really happened. Jesus did really die. Jesus really was buried and Jesus really did rob the grave and resurrect to life again. How would we have responded if we were there? Would we have believed it or thought it was crazy?

Ty touched a bit on Thomas. I’ll cover a bit here again. So, Jesus appears to a disciple named Thomas. Thomas and his legacy has been painted negatively throughout History as the guy who doubted the testimony and news from his friends that Jesus was in fact alive again. In the book of John summed up we read “We have seen the lord.” But Thomas said to them. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And since this confession, he has been named doubting Thomas.

Let take a minute though and again imagine with me. Put yourself there at that moment in time and place in history. What makes us think we would have been any different? In our current time and modern era I know I struggle with choosing faith over fear, faith over doubt. I’ve struggled to believe that God will come through at the time He needs too. Haven’t you? If I’m being even more transparent with you, I am currently struggling with this in my current life moment. Be honest with self. Thomas isn’t the only doubter in this conversation. We can often find ourselves in the shoes of Thomas with our current life moments that happen.

But here’s the good news. Jesus isn’t afraid of our doubt, not only that He wants to be invited into it. What if our doubt drove us toward a greater encounter with Jesus rather than push us further away from Him? For Thomas, that is exactly what happened. Jesus moved right into the middle of his doubt and shattered it with His presence. Jesus said “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied, “MY LORD AND MY GOD!”

His doubt wasn’t a dead end but a part of his Faith Journey. He got to experience Jesus in a new way. It was a means to a greater end because Jesus was involved. Let us become people who, through our doubt, make our way to the same confession and belief as Thomas, “MY LORD AND MY GOD.” Jesus is faithful and He will show Himself to be so time and time again if you invite Him into these spaces of your life.

Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 04/05/2021

Room for more No MATTER WHAT!!!

Easter Sunday has passed us by already but in todays text we will pick up in that same line.

Have you ever watched Inception. Very trippy movie to watch. In my opinion there are like a lot of plot-lines going left and right. You don’t if its the dream, the dream within the dream, dream within the dream thats within that dream and another dream that is possibly real… It is at the very end when everything makes sense and you can see the connection that has really been there all along. There are usually 2 different reaction to the great reveal:
1. “I knew it all along.”
2. "AHHHHH! I can’t believe IT.”
3. And In Inceptions case we will never know

Sometimes the book of John can feel like disconnected plot-lines. In chapter 18 alone , here is the list as follows.
Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, Peter defending Jesus, Peter denying Jesus, the interrogation of Jesus by the high priest, Jesus’ trail in front of Pontius Pilate and tucked away at the very end the brief mention of a man named Barabas. (Imagine trying to say all that in one breathe preaching . Hence why I love devotions.)

All of these plot-lines are all about to come together. In the very next Chapter, Jesus will give His life on the cross. And the gospel writer hopes that we, like John the Baptist exclaimed in John 1:29 will also say “Look! the Lamb of God who take away the sin of the world.

John includes all of these different stories to show us the type of person that Jesus died for. The author wants us to understand this simple but profound truth. “There is room for everyone at the foot of the cross”. All of these seemingly disconnected stories culminate at the cross.

Jesus died for those who would defend Him, those who would deny Him, those who would protect Him, those who would persecute Him, those who would investigate Him, those who would interrogate Him, those who would mock, those who would judge him, and those who ultimately sent Him to his death on the cross.

In John 18:8 Jesus tells those who have come to arrest Him. “I am the one you want, let these others go.” The innocent taking the place of the guilty as Jesus offers Himself up so that everyone might go free.

Jesus offered Himself up, that you and I may go free.

Each of the seemingly random characters in this story are meant to be a mirror. In each of them, we should see a reflection of ourselves. If we’re honest, sometimes we defend Jesus and at other times we deny Him. Sometimes we protect Him, and at other times we persecute Him. No matter what part you are playing this very moment, it is important to remember that Jesus died for you and that singular fact can change absolutely everything.

Why? Because there is room for everyone at the foot of the cross.

04/04/2021
04/04/2021

Tomorrow we celebrate a RISEN Savior! Come worship and celebrate with us!

Something special for the kids!

Tomorrow we celebrate a RISEN Savior! Come worship and celebrate with us!

Something special for the kids!

04/03/2021

Join us Sunday for an Easter celebration...there may be a surprise for the kids!

Join us Sunday for an Easter celebration...there may be a surprise for the kids!

Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 04/01/2021

Disconnected

There was this one time that I was trying to play this very intense game of Call Of Duty and I was possibly 2 kills away from getting the coolest thing you can get in the game which is a Nuclear Warhead and beat the other team by like a lot. Out of nowhere my screen says connection interrupted. That is the worst feeling ever as a gamer. Or what about your Cell Phone, honestly the worlds most technological advanced objects we all own. You can be in the middle of sending an important text message and then your phone dies on the spot? Seriously—could it have waited until after the text went through!!!

As frustrating as this is, it just goes to show that even the most technologically advanced routers/game systems/phones are rendered void without being connected. And us as humans are no different.

Jesus tells us in John 15 that He is the vine and we are the branches. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t done gardening work since I was about 10 yrs old. I dislike the idea. But I know that a vineyard, branches cannot live without being connected to the vine. More than that, branches that get cut away from the vine can no longer produce fruit, which is their purpose to begin with.

The vine gives the branch life and power to produce fruit. If we are the branches in this analogy Jesus is using this time around, that means we were created to stay connected to Jesus and bear His fruit, the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (That last one is hard for me especially when I’m playing my game!!!)

If we are disconnected from Him, our power source to produce healthy fruit is gone. With no power source, we become just like our “Smart Phones” designed and created for a great purpose but rendered void without the right power to run it.

Have you ever felt disconnected from Jesus? I’ll be the 1st to shout loud YES!!! It’s easy for us to get disconnected in the fast paced world that we live in. Family, errands, jobs, vacations, appointments, sports, games, movies, etc…..

I think me Mateo, if Jesus was walking the earth today He might say things a little differently, perhaps something like this. “I am the phone charger and my Father is the power. I am the phone charger and you are the phone. But without connecting to Me, You will never receive the power. Whoever remains connected to Me will have a full-battery charge capable of fulfilling his/her purpose.

At the end of the day, apart from Jesus, we can never fulfill the destiny that God has placed on the inside of us.

03/31/2021

Join us this Easter Weekend @10am in person or online to hear the greatest Story in History.... #TheCrossEqualsLove

Join us this Easter Weekend @10am in person or online to hear the greatest Story in History.... #TheCrossEqualsLove

Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 03/31/2021

Peace

I have had multiple time people tell me “its going to be okay.” I’m pretty sure at some point or another you’ve been told that phrase yourself. I had a habit of doing this all the time when my players would mess up. “You’re okay! You’re okay!” I’ve found that not all days situation, and relationships turn out okay. But what I have found is that Jesus offers something little more powerful than “it’s going to be okay.”

In John 13, Jesus has just sat down with His dirty dozen for their last meal together and told them that He will be betrayed, denied and killed and yet these are His following words after spilling the beans. “DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.” Jesus was just reminding them and reminding us today, that though there may be some trouble coming, our hearts don’t need to be troubled.

Jesus had this confidence because He knew it was not the end of the STORY! We read in John 14 that Jesus’ death was actually going to be REDEEMED! HE WILL BE RAISED BACK TO LIFE! Jesus has prepared a place for us eternally to live in peace and that doesn’t start one day in heaven but that starts now, today here on this earth! Jesus is the way the truth and the life giving us hope for today and hope for eternity.

The promise for us to cling to is that one day Jesus will come back and right all wrongs. Our hearts don’t have to be troubled or afraid because Jesus is still writing our story HIS WAY, FULL OF HIS TRUTH AND FULL OF LIFE!

Jesus has also left us the greatest peace available. His spirit called the “Helper” and “Advocate” is with us. The Holy Spirit Is God helping, guiding, and healing.

Photos from The Rock Odessa's post 03/30/2021

Whose approval Are you seeking?

Fear has stopped many of us from doing something. Let’s keep it 100… There was probably a time you finally worked up the courage to tell someone how you felt about them, but fear got in the way. Or you were so passionate about a dream and ready to chase after it, but fear got in the way. Fear, if we let it, can rob us of some pretty incredible things in life. However the worst one in my opinion is the fear of “what will people say about me?” This type of fear is the most crippling of them all.

We can be passionate about something just to deny it moments later if we get the sense that those around us aren’t on board. In our Text today we see an example of someone who isn’t concerned with the voice of others but is fully fixated on Jesus.

There is a dinner taking place held in Jesus’ honor after He raised Lazarus from the dead. Martha is preparing the meal, Lazarus is chilling at the table and Mary is about to do something. Mary takes out this very very very expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet and then began to wipe His feet with her hair.

This is an iconic moment in scripture because we clearly see the fact that Mary is not in any shape way or form bothered by anyone else in the room that she is doing what she is doing. This paints the perfect picture of tuning out the voices in the room that object to her actions. Her love for Jesus mattered more to her than what people might think of her.

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Our Story

GOD
There is only one true God, creator of all things, who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis. 1:1,26-27,3:2; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE BIBLE
The Bible is the divine and inspired word of God. The scriptures are true and authoritative.(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and is both fully human and fully God. The only way to eternal peace with God is through His son, Jesus Christ. He died a sinner's death as a substitute for us. He physically died and physically rose from the dead, and, one day, will physically return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)

SALVATION
As humans we are sinful, both by birth and by our actions, with the exception of Jesus Christ. The penalty we deserve for our sin is death. Only through the repentance of sin and the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, can we be reconciled to God. He has paid the penalty for our sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatons 3:26; Romans 5:1)

THE HOLY SPIRIT
Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God and is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit is present and His gifts are still active.He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galations 5:25)

BAPTISM
We believe in baptism by immersion for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ in order to publically show that decision. This represents our death in sin and our resurrection in Christ. While this does not save, it is an important first step. Baptism is to follow one’s profession of faith and is an acknowledgment of one’s new life in Christ. (Matthew 3:13-17; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-39)

ETERNITY
Every individual is created in God’s image and will spend eternity either with God in Heaven or forever separated from God in Hell. Those who have trusted Christ as personal Savior will have everlasting life with Christ. Those who reject Christ will spend eternity in everlasting punishment separated from Him. (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:28)

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