by Kevin Rutherford


The ad campaign for the line of pickup trucks used the slogan “like a rock.” This slogan was used to indicate this particular company’s vehicles were strong, solid, and reliable.  There is an insurance company that uses the Rock of Gibraltar as a symbol to indicate their company will be around for a long time. Large, hard, strong, rock formations give the impression of being solid, reliable, and stable.

Jesus Christ is referred to as the “Rock” in 1 Corinthians 10:4.  He is a Rock in all of the senses mentioned above.  With Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).  He can be trusted and relied upon.  We know that Jesus Christ will remain strong, faithful, and true throughout all time and eternity.

The church of Jesus Christ was established upon a rock (Matthew 16:13-18).  Not Peter, for his name means a small pebble.  A small pebble can easily be dislodged, thrown, or crushed.  The rock up on which the church is built is the fact which Peter confessed.  He confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This portrays to us the idea that the church in on solid ground and will not be destroyed (Daniel 2:44).

May the congregation at West End also be “like a rock.  May we be strong, bold, and courageous in the defense and preaching of the truth.  May we be solid, and reliable in the way we strengthen the next generation of Christians. Let us stand firm, “like a rock” for that church built upon a rock, by the one who is called the “Rock.”