Our Mission:Our goal at The Grove is for everyone to have a deeper relationship with God. We call it discipleship. We believe that we must have a process to assist others in that goal.
Our mission statement does just that: Love God = Commit to weekly corporate worship. Love Others = Commit to belonging to a small group. Serve others = Commit to serving in some ministry. Grow Deeper = Read the Bible daily and commit to at least one discipleship training event a year. The following statement of belief by no means contains all that we hold true but should provide the framework from which additional beliefs emerge.
What do we believe?
The Bible:We believe the Bible is the divine word of God. It has at times and appropriately so, been described as God's love letter and guide to His children. The Bible was written by human writers through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in its original writings was without error. The Bible is the only completely reliable and truthful authority on how a man should live.
God:We believe God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons. God is our loving Father, who loved us so much that while we were still sinners, He sent His one and only Son to die for us so that we could enter life with Him.
Jesus:We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and was both fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and offered His own life as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died once for the sins of all men. He came and died on a cross and on the third day was resurrected from the dead. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one enters heaven by any other way. He is the exclusive path to God.
Holy Spirit:We believe the Holy Spirit is God's active agent in the world today. He convicts us, moves us, encourages us, helps us, and brings us to salvation. He gives power to our prayer, strength to our lives, and rejuvenation to our souls. In our lives the Holy Spirit provides discernment, wisdom, and guidance towards truth.
Salvation:We believe that salvation is a result of the work of God in our lives. We all have sinned and in our sins we have distanced ourselves from God. The penalty for this sin is death and eternal separation from God. But God sent His only son to pay the penalty of sin for us. Christ died so that through Him we all might come to salvation. Through belief in the son, man may be saved. Man is saved by grace, through faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church:We believe the church is the body of Christ. We are His children, His bride. The church is the people who share a belief in Jesus Christ. Together, with their various gifts and talents, they are equipped to stand as a light in the darkness.
Communion:Communion is a time when we come together as the body of Christ and remember our Lord's sacrifice for us. During this time believers examine themselves, confess their sins, and recommit themselves to Jesus, focusing their thoughts on His sacrifice. We observe communion regularly to make sure Jesus' death on the cross for our sins remains a central part of our faith.
Evangelism:We believe that the great commission should be a way of life. We try to live out Christ's command for us to make disciples of all nations. This is the basis for our vision as a church, and a central part of our belief as Christians. This great commission is a basis for our commitment to evangelism, discipleship, and missions.
Christianity:We believe that 'Christian' is not a title, but a lifestyle. The word means 'little Christ,' so by its' very definition a Christian should be an image of Christ. Our goal is to imitate Christ and live and love in the way He did while he was on earth. We seek to fulfill His mission and to bring the world to a better relationship with God.