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Not Done Yet | Part 4

Bill Bush | 07/11/2020

Big Idea

When I surrender to the love God has for me, I will seek the life He asks of me. 

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Relationship not Religion - Acts 9:1-9

1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. 3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.

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Romans 8:1-4

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

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  • Do you just practice a religion?
  • Do you believe God gave His best for you?

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People over Programs - Acts 9:11-31  

11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” 13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward, he ate some food and regained his strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”  21 All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” 22 Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. 23 After a while, some of the Jews plotted together to kill him. 24 They were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could murder him, but Saul was told about their plot. 25 So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall. 26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! 27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him. 30 When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown. 31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

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Do you grow with people or just go to programs?

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Mission over Myself - Acts 13:1-3

1 Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. 2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” 3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

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2 Corinthians 6:3-10

3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

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2 Timothy 4:3-8

3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

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  • Have I surrendered to His love?
  • Do I desire to seek the life He asks of me?

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New to Rock Point? Join Pastor Bill as he gives a behind-the-scenes look of Rock Point Church. This is your opportunity to meet with Bill personally as he gives you a FIRST LOOK around campus on a guided tour. It also gives you a chance to connect with other families who are new to Rock Point.

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Backpack Impact

We will be collecting backpacks and supplies Saturday, July 11 - Friday, July 24. You can find donation bins on our main patio near the coffee shop between 7:30am and 4:00pm. When you drop off your donations, let Rock Point Coffee Co. know so that you can receive 15% off any drink! Let's help the kids in our community with the supplies they need to be successful!


Rock Point Coffee Co. New Summer Hours

Our new/temporary summer hours are 7:30am - 2:30pm. Check us out on social to view our menu and meet our baristas!

Text Message Daily Devos

Join us every weekday morning as a Rock Point staff member spiritually encourages us in the Word of God. Text the word ROCKPOINT to 33222 to sign up!


Online Experience

In order to help Rock Point Kids continue learning about the saving message of Christ, we have created an online worship experience! Take some time to watch the videos with your family.



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Rock the Story

WHAT YOU NEED: Three smooth stones, paint pen or marker, basket or bag.


Draw one picture on each rock: a person, the world, and a heart.

Place the rocks in the basket or bag. Retell the Bible story. When you get to the three things that Paul taught, remove a rock from the basket and tell the part that is represented on the rock.

  • Person - God made people.
  • Heart - God gave us Jesus.
  • World - God made everything in the world.

Paul went to a city where the people did not believe in Jesus. So, Paul taught the people about Jesus! He told the people that they should not believe in statues and that they should believe in the one true God. Let’s choose a rock to see what Paul taught the people. (Choose a rock.) This rock has a heart on it. Paul told the people that God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, just for us! Let’s choose another rock. (Choose a rock.) This rock has a person on it. Paul told the people that God made all of the people. EVERYONE! Let’s see what the last rock has on it. (Pick up the last rock.) This rock has a world on it. Paul told the people that God made the WHOLE WORLD!


Talk about how Paul taught all of the people that they can believe in Jesus.


I can believe in Jesus.

Pass the Word Verse (Memory Verse Activity)

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible and Music Player.


Play music as you pass the Bible around the circle. Stop the music randomly. When the music stops, instruct the person holding the Bible to open it. Then, say the memory verse together. Repeat several times.


These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of GodJohn 20:31





WHAT YOU NEED: Something to blindfold with, chairs.


  • Have your child stand on one side of the room.
  • Explain that they will be blindfolded and will have to move from one side of the room/space tothe other... BUT before they start, you are going to scatter a few chairs in their way, andthey’re not allowed to bump into them. You will help them navigate.
  • Blindfold your child and scatter the chairs. Then tell them they can start. Note: Make sure yourchild knows that this isn’t a race. The first rule is to stay safe, so they need to move slowlyenough that when they bump into a chair, it doesn’t hurt or trip them.
  • Call out commands and directions to your child trying to get across the room.
  • If they bump into a chair, they have to come back and start again.
  • While they are resetting, change up the positioning of the chairs.
  • Keep trying this for a couple minutes, or until your child makes it across.
  • After trying to tell them that they can try again and walk with you across the room.
  • They will still be blindfolded, and you can not say anything, but you will be right next to themleading them.
  • Ask them which of these ways was easier!


“It makes a big difference for almost everything in life when we have help!”


WHAT YOU NEED: Sticky notes or paper, pencil.


  • Give your child a sticky note and pencil.
  • Encourage your child to write down one thing they know to be true about God; something thatthey could share with someone else.
  • Collect their sticky note when they’re done• Close in prayer, asking God to give them courage like Paul to share this knowledge withothers, remembering that you can help others know Jesus.


“Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus! We are so thankful that Youare not an unknown God to us! You’ve given us Your Word and You sent Jesus. We wanteveryone around us to know just how much You love them, too. Give us the courage like Paul totell others about You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”





WHAT YOU NEED: Something to blindfold with, chairs.


  • Have your child stand on one side of the room.
  • Explain that they will be blindfolded and will have to move from one side of the room/space tothe other... BUT before they start, you are going to scatter a few chairs in their way, andthey’re not allowed to bump into them. You will help them navigate.
  • Blindfold your child and scatter the chairs. Then tell them they can start. Note: Make sure yourchild knows that this isn’t a race. The first rule is to stay safe, so they need to move slowlyenough that when they bump into a chair, it doesn’t hurt or trip them.
  • Call out commands and directions to your child trying to get across the room.
  • If they bump into a chair, they have to come back and start again.
  • While they are resetting, change up the positioning of the chairs.
  • Keep trying this for a couple minutes, or until your child makes it across.
  • After trying to tell them that they can try again and walk with you across the room.
  • They will still be blindfolded, and you can not say anything, but you will be right next to themleading them.
  • Ask them which of these ways was easier!


“It makes a big difference for almost everything in life when we have help!”


WHAT YOU NEED: No supplies needed.


  • When someone treats you badly, what does it make you think? How does it make you feel?
  • What about when someone is kind without at all expecting anything in return? What does thatfeel like?
  • Why does putting others first stand out so much or seem so different from what’s “normal”?
  • How does treating someone well help them know Jesus?
  • What’s one way you could SHOW someone Jesus?

Salvation Parent Conversation Guide



Rock Point YTH

Rock Point YTH is our ministry for Grades 6 through 12. YTH is one family, focused on community, driven by the opportunity to reach their generation for Christ.


Rock Point Young Adults

Ages 18-25

Whether you are in college, entering the work force, starting a family, or still trying to figure things out, we have a place for you.

We aim to provide Christ-centered community, develop biblical disciples, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.

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Yes to Jesus!

The decision to "say yes" to Jesus is the most important one you will ever make! We want to provide you with a clear understanding of what a relationship with Jesus means.

If you have said yes to Jesus, we would love to celebrate with you and give you some resources to help you get started in your relationship with Jesus! Please complete our YES TO JESUS form to let us know.



  • Summer Soul Care (Women Only)

    MONDAY | August 3, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Treat yourself to a fun night out with friends, experience soul care through biblical teaching and fellowship, and learn more about our fall classes and events. This summer's topic is "Beauty in the Broken," and it is all about the broken Christian walk - something we all need to hear in this day and age. Ali Gentry, a popular women's speaker, is authentic and refreshing. Her story is all about finding beauty and seeing God's hand through any broken season. Our Christian walk will never be perfect and "Beauty in the Broken" is woven through with honesty, encouragement, and hope. 

  • We Are Rock Point

    SATURDAY | August 8, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Whether you’re new to Rock Point or you've been attending for years, join us at We Are Rock Point to dig into what makes Rock Point unique. Learn about our history, mission and where we are headed as a church. This is also your opportunity to get further connected. So whether you're ready to consider becoming a member, or just want to learn more about us, We Are Rock Point is the best place to start. We hope to see you there! Attendance at We Are Rock Point is a requirement before attending Membership Dessert. This is the first step in our two-step process.


  • Membership Dessert

    SATURDAY | August 22, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    We believe every Christian should belong to a local church and take ownership of the mission of the church. Our mission is to point people to Jesus by loving them like Jesus. A Committed Member of Rock Point is one who KNOWs Jesus personally, GROWs in biblical community, and GOes and lives intentionally with their time, talent, treasure, and testimony. Joining Rock Point by becoming a Committed Member changes your narrative from “Rock Point is the church I attend.” to “Rock Point is the church  I am committed to!” Membership Dessert is step two of our membership process. Step one is participating in our WE ARE ROCK POINT class.


  • Newcomers' Dinner

    SATURDAY | September 19, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    If you are new to Rock Point come and join us for a meal, making friends and a few giveaways! This is a great opportunity to meet other people who are new to Rock Point as well as some leaders on staff. Your kids are welcome to join too! 

Year-Round Classes.


  • Men's Breakfast

    Leader: Dave Finney
    Description: 7:00am - 9:00am | Ongoing
    At Rock Point Men's Ministry, you'll find guys who are willing to watch out for each other and caring enough to confront one another in a godly manner. We meet on campus for Bible study and a hearty breakfast. This is a great time to dive deeper and develop friendships with other men at Rock Point. We're here to help. Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday, rain or shine.

    Saturday Morning
    On Campus
    Childcare: No

  • SALT (Senior Adults Living Triumphantly)

    Leader: Howard Ronalds
    Description: THURSDAYS | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | January 9 - May 28
    The Senior Ministry at Rock Point Church is known as SALT - Senior Adults Living Triumphantly. We are men and women of wisdom and maturity who are 55+ and come together each week for Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship and Food. We are currently studying the book of Acts of the Apostles. Our goal in SALT is to empower our senior community to continue to serve the God they love so much! We recognize the continued value of our seniors as vital parts of the body of Christ; and realize their value in terms of wisdom, experience, knowledge, talents, and other God given abilities and gifts.

    Thursday Afternoon
    On Campus
    Childcare: No

  • Celebrate Recovery

    Leader: Kenneth Key
    Description: 7:00pm - 9:30pm | Ongoing
    Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery ministry for people looking for true recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is all about sharing our experience, strength, and hope and finding true recovery through this Christ-centered 12 step program. Join us every Friday night from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Rock Point. (Childcare Available)

    Friday Evening
    On Campus
    Childcare: Yes

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A place to be known, accepted, supported, and developed. We know that it can be a little intimidating to join a Group and meet new people for the very first time. Let us encourage you by saying we understand this, and everyone in our Groups are welcoming and inviting. At one time, they have made the exact same decision as you, so you’ll be in good company.



Do you want to read the Bible but need help figuring out where to begin? We've collected some great devotional guides to help you dig into God's word daily. You can also sign up to receive daily videos from Rock Point staff by texting the word ROCKPOINT to 33222.


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Rock Point Church
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Coronavirus Response

Due to recent announcements from the state of Arizona, Rock Point Church will not be meeting on campus in person until further notice.

June 30 Update

"When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm." - Psalm 75:3

The latest installment of #chillwithBill dropped today, and if you have not yet seen it, please be sure to watch. As a leadership team here at Rock Point, we have kept a close eye on the current state of events as it relates to COVID-19 in our community. We have prayed and wrestled with making wise decisions during the constant state of change we are currently living in. We met this morning and ultimately decided on what we feel is the wisest decision.

Our staff and the Elder Board decided to put our in-person weekend services on pause for the next 30 days. There are two primary considerations in our decision.

  • One is that we do not want to appear to our community that we are careless. We believe it best maintains our testimony to share and show Jesus to those who don’t know Him without confusing them.
  • Second, we desire to be able to hold in-person services in the safest way possible for our attendees. We realized over the last two weeks that for our staff and volunteers, putting on services resulted in a lot of close and extended interaction where safe distancing was not feasible.

Pausing our in-person gathering is a tough decision, but it’s the most loving decision for those we minister to and those we minister with. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing at Rock Point! Our mission remains the same; we point people to Jesus by loving them like Jesus. We believe that this solution is the best way to stay on mission. We love you and hope you will continue to pray for our church, our community, and our world during these challenging and ever-changing times.

Bill Bush – Lead Pastor 
Dave Sutherland – Executive Pastor 
Jared Tetzlaff – Safety & Security Director

June 24 Update - Rock Point Regathering

First of all thank you to those who joined us last weekend, whether in person or online! It was great engaging and interacting with you. A special thank you to those who were willing to continue their worship experience online making room for safe distancing for those attending in person. In addition to regathering this weekend, several other classes and ministries are also beginning to regather. If you are planning to come on campus, we are asking the following precautions be followed:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Follow the Maricopa County Face Covering regulation and wear your cloth face covering.
  • Maintain safe distancing when interacting with others.
  • Participate in our online services if you fall into any of the CDC listed vulnerable populations.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.

We are committed to providing excellent opportunities to worship and fellowship in person and online and will continue to do our part to keep our campus safe. This includes:

  • Extra cleaning and disinfecting above and beyond our already stringent cleaning practices.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations available all over campus.
  • Low touch/no touch experience from street to seat for our guests.
  • Temperature & symptom screening for all Rock Point Staff & Volunteers.
  • Limiting attendance and helping coordinate safe distancing for our guests in the Worship Center. You can reserve your seat at wearerockpoint.com

I Peter 3:8 challenges us to be like-minded, sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble. As we prayerfully work to Point People to Jesus by Loving Them Like Jesus in challenging and constantly changing circumstance, we appreciate your patience, support and prayers.

June 17 Update

Due to the increased health concerns and the recent announcement by Governor Ducey, we have made the decision to still meet in person on campus this weekend. However, we are taking further steps to help make sure we can do this as safely as possible.

What this means:

  • We are still regathering this weekend.
  • We will not have any on-campus Kids services, but we are still producing videos for all kids age groups that will be available on rockpoint.io.
  • If you are in a high risk category for COVID-19, are uncomfortable gathering, or if church online has been working well for you, we encourage you to stay home and enjoy the service via our YouTube or Facebook livestreams.
  • We will be postponing our "Grand Opening" celebrations, including baptisms and food trucks, until we can gather with limited restrictions.

Safety and Precautions

We want to make this the best possible experience for you and your family, so the following precautions should be followed, according to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Maintain safe distancing while on campus.
  • Participate in our online services if you qualify for any of the CDC listed vulnerable populations or if online church has been working for you.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Frequently utilize hand sanitizer, and/or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

In anticipation of our regathering, we have maintained our stringent cleaning standards and increased the number of hand sanitizing stations around campus. We will maintain common-sense precautions to facilitate a safe environment, including a low or no touch experience for our guests from street to seat.

  • All staff and volunteers will be utilizing masks at all services.
  • We will close seat reservations at 50% full.
  • Door openers and coffee station volunteers will be required to wear gloves.
  • Temperature screenings will take place for all staff and volunteers.

Structured Safe Distancing

For those desiring a more structured safe distancing protocol, we will have a reserved section in the new Worship Center where we will actively monitor seat spacing and require the use of face coverings.

Seat Reservations

  • If you have made seat reservations but will not be joining us on campus this weekend, we encourage you to cancel you seat reservation. If you do not have a password, click "Forgot password?" to log in.
  • If you would like to reserve a seat reservation, visit wearerockpoint.com. Please note: we are limiting reservations to 50% of the worship center's capacity. If the service you would like to attend is over 50% full, you will no longer be able to make a reservation for that service.
  • To learn more, visit wearerockpoint.com.

May 22 Update

In our May 15 update, we committed to putting a plan in place to regather in-person as a church in a manner that would “honor the guidance and direction from the state” and that we would “regather in the same fashion as our community is able to regather.”  We have and will continue to follow this and are excited to make some additional announcements regarding regathering.

If you watched the latest #chillwithbill today, you already know the most exciting news, which is that we are planning to regather as a church and celebrate in full Rock Point style the weekend of June 20 & 21!  We will be releasing more details about various events and gatherings leading up to this amazing weekend in the next week, so be sure and keep an eye on our social media and e-mail communication!

Many have asked why we aren’t regathering immediately in light of President Trump’s announcement that churches are “essential” earlier today.  While many churches in many other states were deemed non-essential, the Arizona Attorney General made clear that participating in church services is a constitutionally protected essential activity. Governor Ducey’s executive order allowed constitutionally protected activities to be “conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.”

If you have been following all of our communications through this time, the first and most simple reason we haven’t returned to meeting is that our campus is still in the final stages of construction.  Even if we decided to “exercise our rights,” we don’t currently have a place to meet on campus!  Additionally, our core values are to return to meeting together in a safe manner that allows us to celebrate in Rock Point style while also honoring the requests of those in authority. We have decided to be known as a community that loves our neighbors and chooses to do the right thing even if that means temporarily waiting to exercise our right to meet in-person.

The CDC guidance to churches released today, in conjunction with President Trump’s announcement, outlines what we are being asked to do at this point in time to protect the public. At the state and federal levels, we are still being asked to proceed with caution which is what we will do.

As final construction winds down in the coming weeks and our state continues to open up and relax social distancing guidelines, we will be busy getting everything ready for an incredible celebration June 20 & 21.  It will be an incredible weekend that we will be able to exercise the freedom to worship together while taking common-sense and prudent precautions as we maintain our testimony in our community. 

As a reminder, we will continue to offer home groups, Bible studies, and classes leading up to our regathering & grand opening celebration. We can’t wait to see you again very soon! 

Bill Bush – Lead Pastor 
Dave Sutherland – Executive Pastor 
Jared Tetzlaff – Safety & Security Director

May 15 Update

May 15 marks an exciting and encouraging day in the Arizona battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials have determined our state is in a position to allow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order to expire. Rock Point never closed during this time – we continued to offer online services, bible studies and programming and heard many stories of our Rock Point family being the church as they served our community. The looming question on everyone’s mind remains, “When will we be able to regather?”

Our plan for regathering in-person as a church will honor the guidance and direction from the state and we will regather in the same fashion as our community is able to regather. The Arizona plan to reopen the state is a tier-based approach which means starting next week, small groups will be able to meet again in person! Assuming this first phase goes well, we anticipate being able to move into the 2nd phase with the rest of the state in just a couple weeks. At that time, we will regather some classes, bible studies and other programming for medium sized groups. The final phase, which we believe could be mid to late June, is when we expect we will be able to regather for our weekend services. Each step requires successfully completing the step before, but the Rock Point team is working hard to be prepared for the best-case scenario for moving through each phase!

Our plan is built to give people the opportunity to safely regather as quickly as possible while honoring the authorities in place as commanded in scripture. We are incredibly excited to regather and celebrate the Grand Opening of our new building in Rock Point style. For those longing for connection, we encourage you to engage in a small group or class in the coming weeks leading into our weekend celebrations. Rock Pointers have been incredibly faithful during this trying time and we believe these 4-8 weeks will bring incredible opportunities to point people to Jesus, by loving them like Jesus.

We have been praying for you during this challenging time.

We can’t wait to see you. We love you and are excited to celebrate with you.

Bill Bush, Lead Pastor
Dave Sutherland, Executive Pastor
Jared Tetzlaff, Safety & Security Director 

April 30 Update

HURRY UP AND WAIT! The phrase that likely originated in the military back in the 1940s is just as fitting today as it ever has been. You probably saw that the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected, Return Stronger order in Arizona has been extended through May 15. As a result, we wanted to let you know that Rock Point will continue to operate as we have for the last 30 days through May 15. The staff has continued working remotely and harder than ever to effectively equip our church family in new ways as the church is deployed! Even as our campus is closed to the public, we are working hard to get it prepared for our celebratory return and Grand Opening in the very near future!

While the extension of the order and delay of being able to meet in person was a bit discouraging, the good news is all indications are that we are progressing towards being able to safely meet together again! Governor Ducey described his plan for the return to “new normal” as being like using a dimmer switch to slowly bring things up. We are anxious to meet back together while also being responsible members of our community. We will continue to closely monitor the guidance from our state and local governments and update and communicate our plans to meet again in person accordingly.

As a reminder, you can find all the ways to stay connected right here on rockpoint.io We hope you take encouragement in Paul’s charge in Romans 12:10-13, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

Bill Bush, Lead Pastor
Dave Sutherland, Executive Pastor
Jared Tetzlaff, Safety & Security Director 

April 12 Update

The very first Easter, the disciples were locked in a home and were afraid. Jesus suddenly appeared to them and as He showed them the wounds in His hands and side, He told them, "Peace be with you." He then breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Even as the disciples wept, wondered, and feared what would come next after Christ's death, He was at work. When He appeared to them, He showed the evidence of the work He had done on the cross and empowered them with the Holy Spirit. Even now as we have been locked in our homes, Christ has been at work. We are seeing new families join us for service every week, we are connecting to families in new and exciting ways and people are meeting Jesus over Zoom. We are Rock Point and we as a church are empowered with the Holy Spirit as we are continuing to point people to Jesus by loving them like Jesus!

During this time we are not meeting on campus, we want to remind you that the properties are closed to the public. We are encouraging everyone to be good neighbors and follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order that is in place to help slow the spread. If you happen to drive by the church and see vehicles or activity, be assured that only essential personnel are on campus and we take social distancing and hygiene disciplines very seriously. As tempting as it may be to stop by our church campus or office, please remember it is closed to the public as we want to do our part to get through this as quick as we can.

We miss meeting together but are so proud of what our church family is doing during this time. Don't forget to click on the "Need to Talk?" tab at rockpoint.io to let us know how we can pray for you or support you during this challenging time.

Bill Bush, Lead Pastor
Dave Sutherland, Executive Pastor
Jared Tetzlaff, Safety & Security Director 

April 9 Update

“The darkest hour of all is the hour before day.”

The ancient Irish proverb giving hope in adverse conditions seems especially appropriate this week. The point of this proverb is not how dark it can get, but how much hope the dawn brings. This week we celebrate the fact that the Easter story does not stay in the darkness the disciples must have experienced after Christ’s death on the cross, but provides the HOPE of the empty tomb on Sunday morning!

This week is projected to be the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country. As we have studied the data models and tracked the progress and updates daily, there is great hope that we are reaching the plateau of this pandemic and relief may be in sight sooner than originally expected. The science also indicates that the social distancing and vigilant hygiene practices are having a positive impact on slowing the spread and flattening the curve of the virus.

We are nearly two weeks into the five-week Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order in Arizona, and we hope you are enjoying the various ways that Rock Point is connecting and ministering to you and your family. In addition to practicing the hygiene guidelines attached, we hope you will apply the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected principles in your faith journey during this time as well.

Stay Home: Even though it looks a little different, make it a priority to continue attending our online services. We have programming available for all ages and finding it is easy thanks to rockpoint.io.

Stay Healthy: In addition to ensuring you are eating well and getting exercise, make it a priority to feed yourself spiritually by being in the Bible. A great place to start is by checking out our Devotional Resources tab on rockpoint.io.

Stay Connected: Practicing social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Not only can you find ways to join an online group at rockpoint.io, you can also click on the Need to Talk? tab to request prayer, talk to a Pastor, request counseling, connect with us to share your story, ask a question, or just say hello.

These are simple ways we as the deployed church can apply Hebrews 10:23-25: “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Jared Tetzlaff, Safety & Security Director 

March 30 Update

Last week, the Arizona Department of Health Services updated the Community Spread level to “Widespread.” As testing has expanded and increased, the substantial uptick in documented cases in Arizona has not come as a surprise. While we miss meeting, serving, studying and worshipping together in person, we also are committed to continuing to follow the recommendations of our local governments and to help slow the spread and flatten the curve and grateful for the various ways we can do that virtually. We hope that you will take this time that we can’t be in the seats to consider how it is that God wants you to be sent, and connect in deeper ways with your family and your Father in Heaven.

We are praying for a quick turnaround, while simultaneously planning for this “new norm” to last several weeks. Please remember the following ways you can help prevent the further spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more practical information on being safe & resilient in the COVID-19 crisis, check out this resource!

March 20 Update

In keeping with the recommendations from the state and federal government, we want to remind you that we will not be meeting in person on campus this weekend. While this time is difficult and we love seeing everyone, we also want to do our part to “flatten the curve” and be responsible members of our community.

In the meantime, we hope you have enjoyed the online content our team has been working so hard to produce this last week. We have such an incredible team of innovative, creative, hard-working people who love Jesus and are doing amazing things to continue to be on mission as the church. If you haven’t taken advantage of the material we are posting and the opportunity to maintain community during this season, be sure to check out rockpoint.io and follow us on social media to stay up to date on what we have to offer you and your family.

We are also very excited to host our live weekend worship services online. rockpoint.io is where you can find the link to join us at our regularly scheduled service times this weekend. It is going to be an incredible time of worship through music and the second message in our series Armor of God, and you’ll be able to take it all in from the comfort of your own home this weekend. While we can’t all be in the same building, we do have the chance to be in the same place, so we look forward to being with you!

If you’ve been at Rock Point for any length of time, you’ve likely heard the Bush family motto, “Do hard things.” These are challenging times for all of us and although things look different for the Rock Point Church family, we can do hard things. We are trusting God that through this time, we are going to be blessed to grow and be stretched and come out on the other side stronger than before. We are praying for God’s protection over our church family, our community, our country and our world, but we are also praying that we take advantage of the opportunity to be used mightily for God and His purpose.

In John 13, just before His betrayal, Jesus spent quiet time alone with the disciples washing their feet and teaching them. This is the well-known passage that Jesus tells the disciples, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” During this season, we encourage you to spend some quiet time with Jesus and grow your relationship deeper with Him. We pray that as the world is frightened and asking tough questions, they will recognize each of us as followers of Christ by the love we show those around us.

We love our Rock Point family and can’t wait to see you online this weekend.

Bill Bush, Lead Pastor
Dave Sutherland, Executive Pastor
Jared Tetzlaff, Safety & Security Director