WHAT DO WE AS A CHURCH BELIEVE?
At Pleasant Grove we want everyone to understand the basic foundational truths that we believe is the basis for the structure of our church. Once you understand that foundation, you can obtain a clearer understanding of just how vital you are to this church!
We believe that the church is like a body according to
Romans 12:3-19, I Corinthians 12:27
Our Church family tree is as follows:
Jesus Christ-Head of the Church
Pastor – Shepherd of the church
Staff – Mobilized Ministry
Leadership – Carries Out Vision
Members – Serve Others By Using Gifts
THE ESSENTIALS THAT WE BELIEVE
1. ABOUT GOD
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Personalities; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
2. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is eternal both past and present. He descended to earth through the virgin birth and is the Son of God. He is co-e qual with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matt. 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
3. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of Spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Cor. 3:17; John 17:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18
4. ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21; II Tim. 1:13; Psalm 119:1-5, 16, 12:6; Prov. 30:5
5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person called by God has tremendous potential for Him, we are all marred by an attitude and act of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude and act separate people from God and causes every problem in life.
Gen. 1:27, 3:6 24; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Rom 3:10-19, 23; Isaiah 59: 1-2
6. ABOUT OUR SALVATION
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. He initiates a relationship with us through the convictions of our heart by the Holy Spirit. He draws us to Himself until we are at a point of surrendering our lives to Him as Lord. WE can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and surrender to Him we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one confesses Jesus to be Lord of their life and believes in their heart that God has raised Him up from death unto life.
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Tit. 3:4; Gal. 3:26; Rom 5:1; Rom. 10:9
7. ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and the power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29-30; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25, 10:10-14; I Pet. 1:3-5; Rom. 8:38-39; Rom 11:29; Eph. 1: 13-14.
8. ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Joh 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13; Rom 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 1:8, 2:44-46.
9. ABOUT CREATION
Genesis 1 & 2 records the literal story of the creation of the world. Man was created directly in God’s own image. It was not a matter of evolution.
Gen. 1, 2; John 1:3, Heb 11:3; Rev. 10:8.
We are a Pastor Led/Staff Supported/Team Functioning Church.