This Church is not a building but God's people. We are an Evangelical Free Church, and strive to be a place where all ages will be challenged to take hold of a real, life-changing faith. If you visit us, you will find a contemporary worship style in a casual dress setting with an emphasis on practical Bible teaching.
Win - Build - Equip - Send
We exist to build Christ-followers; to equip and send them into their world to win the lost.
"It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelist, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."
WHAT WE DO
God has called the church primarily to train Christ-followers.
Christ came not to bind us to religion but to set us free from sin and legalism, therefore growing together as a body should be fun and full of life as we learn and discover Gods unique call on our lives.
Every believer is uniquely gifted to serve and will be expected, in their own way, to serve. The Body of Christ is not for spectators, but participants. We want and encourage all believers to experience the joy of giving to Gods work on earth. There is no greater joy than to hold things loosely; but to give freely of time, abilities and finances. We hold formal membership to the church loosely, but hold in highest regard the believers accountability to the Body of Christ.
We believe that the Biblical purpose of the church is to build Christ-followers up in their faith, to equip them with the skills to live their lives in such a way that they are lights in their world. As lights, they are prepared then to show and declare the love of Christ to a world that needs Him.
We believe that the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to do the work in the people of God. The Bible is culturally relevant and is needed to prepare God’s people for the work of ministry. That work is for all of God’s people regardless of age or education.
We strive to put our confidence in Christ alone to accomplish His work through us and to provide the wisdom, resources, and ability to be, and to do what He asks.
We believe that Jesus called His followers to love their neighbors as themselves, therefore Christ-followers should be the most welcoming, loving and friendly people, especially while at church.
We believe that God has called us to participate in world missions, so we will build the Great Commission into the foundation of this new church by supporting cross-cultural missions.
As we believe that God asks every believer to tithe at least 10% of his income to the work of the local church, we also believe that the church should set an example by tithing a minimum of 10% of its income to missions. Therefore, from the start, Pine Grove Community Church will set aside at least 10% of its offerings towards the support of Local and World Missions.
Statement of Faith
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.
The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers.
The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.