Rock Bridge in 2023

Last year, our church turned 20. It is still amazing to think of all God has done!!

But we also know and believe that He is not done with us and that the best is yet to come.

Here are some hopes and prayers for us in this new year:

1) For the “magnet” and the drawing power of Rock Bridge to be Jesus Christ.

In other words, the main attraction is Jesus Christ. We’ve called this being Gospel-centered. We’ve taught that “Jesus + nothing (still) = Everything.” But let’s double down and trust the promise of John 12:32 – “As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.”

Rock Bridge, in our daily lives, in our worship settings, and in all of our ministries, let the magnet be Jesus Christ crucified, buried, raised, and reigning forevermore!

2) For us to be a family.

Families care for one another, love one another, encourage one another, and bear one another’s burdens. The New Testament lays out around 58 one another commands!

I know this; my spiritual walk is a community project. My spiritual walk needs a family!

Let’s be committed to one another. Let’s ensure we practice meaningful and biblical church membership. Let’s be sure people know we are disciples of Jesus by how we love (John 13:34).

If you EVER have a prayer or pastoral care need, please let us know! You can use this online form.

3) For us to be a team.

Teams have a mission. Teams want to win. Teams have a purpose bigger than any one individual.

We want to make disciples. We want to see people escape the wrath of God by turning to Christ. We want to serve our communities. We want to care for the hurting.

Let’s be more than consumers of spiritual goods and services.

Let’s be contributors to the cause of King Jesus! It’s bigger than any one of us but it takes all of us!

*Note: #2 and #3 above are two reasons why we revamped church membership at Rock Bridge with our “ALL IN” process. Click here for more information.

*We are excited that Blake Allison (RB Cleveland) has completed the Elder selection process and is ready to help serve and oversee RBCC as a team and a family for Jesus. Please commit him and his family to prayer.

Any questions, please reach out directly to me:

4) For us to seek His power, provided by His Spirit, to accomplish His purposes.

The greatest spiritual reality is that I am NOT and that I can NOT.

But God is THE GREAT “I AM.” God can, God has, and God will!

This recognition is why the apostles had to wait on the Holy Spirit to come (see Acts 1).

This is why we must pray and seek the Holy Spirit like never before.
Rock Bridge, would you make this your most frequent prayer – to be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).

About Matt Evans

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Matt Evans is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton, Georgia. Matt and his wife, Beth, grew up in the Dalton area and saw the need for a church that would reach the lost, broken, de-churched, and spiritually wounded. 


  1. Sherry Kilgore on Jan 10, 2023 at 1:49 AM

    Pastor Matt your Sermons each week make me feel like you are talking
    my mind.

  2. rRUTH TINNEY on Jan 10, 2023 at 7:52 AM

    hi, Matt. Ruthie from Ecuador here. i am asking for prayers for a good recovery from back surgery and for my family, friends and the people of the world that they will know Jesus and be of awe of His love and power. Happy, Healthy New Year to all..

    • Lora Carrell on Jan 14, 2023 at 9:53 AM

      My name is Lora from the Dalton location and I am praying for you now. Praying for quick recovery and healing of your back. Praying that the Holy Spirit will use you in a mighty way to touch a lot of people for the Lord and to further the gospel. Thank you for reaching out for prayer. I was scrolling through the website to navigate it better and I saw your post. God is good.

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