Flat Rock Community Church, established in 1860, is a body of believers of Jesus Christ who gather to connect, grow, and thrive in our faith. We are passionate about God’s word and strive to transform and empower the community that surrounds us.
For over a century and a half, Flat Rock Community Church has been a place where people can come to get to know God, build meaningful relationships, and nurture their own spirituality.
The Flat Rock community began as an agricultural community bounded by three small slave-holding farms: The South, Lyon and Johnson Farms. Following the Civil War, former slaves, now free and ready to create a new life, moved into or stayed in the area. Slaves from these farms were founding families of Flat Rock Methodist Episcopal Church, known today as Flat Rock Community Church, and descendants are still active in the church today.
By the 1850s, the pressure of abolitionists made the south very conscious about the treatment of its slaves. Some of the more devout masters reacted by bringing slaves into their churches (as in nearby Rock Chapel Methodist Church) and, formed slave churches that they controlled.
Flat Rock Methodist Episcopal Church was established, in 1860 on Flat Rock Road. Slave churches rarely involved an actual building, although there were exceptions. Church histories tell of a “brush arbor” sometimes followed by a “tabernacle,” a large covered area with open sides, and this was the case with Flat Rock. That tabernacle stood until the 1930s.
Flat Rock Methodist Episcopal Church which was remodeled in 1919 as the congregation was able to erect a fine wood church, which stood until 1970 when a more modern brick building was built on the property and remains today. Under the leadership of Pastor Harold Cobb, a new vision was birthed and the current edifice was built and the congregation move to its current location at Evans Mill Road.
Our beliefs are the core of our ministry and provide the BLUEPRINT.
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word. It was written by human authors under the Holy Spirit’s supernatural guidance without error.
“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.
“7 For there are three that testify:” – 1 John 5:7
We believe that through our belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven and we are saved from the penalty of those sins.
“16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
We believe that water baptism, commanded by Jesus Christ, is the outward and public expression of an internal transformation.
“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 19:20
“4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a]as the Spirit enabled them.” – Acts 2:4
We believe that we were created to exist for eternity. Those who receive salvation will live eternally with God in Heaven, while those who are separated from God by sin will spend eternity in hell.
“25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.” – 1 John 2:25