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To The Grove
The Grove Church exists to make disciples who know, treasure, and obey Christ.
We believe our church can accomplish this mission of discipleship as we are shaped by these eight convictions:
RULED BY GOD'S WORD
We are ruled by the living Word of God. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. It was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. God’s Word is trustworthy and sufficient and is the basis for everything we do and believe. Where the Bible speaks, God speaks. And where God speaks, we listen and obey.
CENTERED ON JESUS
We believe Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. The entire Bible is either pointing forward to Jesus in the Old Testament or pointing back to Jesus in the New Testament. And if the entire Bible is pointing to him, then that’s exactly where our church should be pointing. Treasuring Christ and knowing him is our highest goal and our greatest reward. The satisfaction that our souls have been longing for can finally be found in him. And his life and gospel have implications for every facet of our lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s marriage or money, anger or anxiety, Jesus’ life and teaching applies to every corner of our lives today.
SERIOUS ABOUT OUR DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus gave his followers one job: go and make disciples. Their mission was simple and clear. And we hear those same words spoken as though they are spoken to us as well. So we take discipleship seriously. On Sundays in our worship, at nights in our homes, or during the week at a coffee shop or lunch, we see that what shapes our lives and the choices we make is the command from Jesus: go and make disciples.
ENGAGED IN MISSION
The mission to make disciples isn’t stagnant. Jesus tells his followers to go. There is an active pace to our discipleship. Jesus has called each and every follower into this mission. An old British preacher named Charles Spurgeon put it this way: “Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor.” Although that doesn’t mean every Christian is called to move overseas, it does mean we are all called by our risen Christ to be involved in his mission.
DEPENDENT ON THE SPIRIT
As we move forward on this mission to go and make disciples, we must pause and understand that nothing is possible apart from the divine aid of the Holy Spirit. Jesus teaches this in John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.” Jesus doesn’t mince his words. Our own flesh, personalities, knowledge, and powers of persuasion are of no help at all! It is only the Spirit who gives life. So, we are unashamedly dependent and reliant upon the Spirit of God to carry the Word of God to create the people of God.
EXTENDING GENUINE HOSPITALITY
The Bible says before we trusted Jesus we were strangers to God. We didn’t know him, and more importantly he didn’t know us. But the Bible also says that God takes us who were at one time strangers and brings us into his house and into his family. In other words, God demonstrates his hospitality to strangers and calls us to do the same. Christians should be hospitable because of the hospitality we’ve been shown. Whether that’s making sure someone feels welcome on a Sunday or understanding that we are called to open our hearts and our homes to strangers around us, we want to genuinely love and welcome every person we come in contact with.
EXPERIENCING DIVERSE COMMUNITY
Ideally the local church is a small picture here in our community of what heaven will be like: the people of God gathered together to worship Jesus and find joy in him. So, in some ways Sundays are a dress rehearsal each week of what eternity will look like. And one way the Bible describes eternity is that it will be diverse in languages, races, and ethnicities. Since that is what heaven will look like for eternity, we want to try and reflect that in our church today. Part of what makes a community compelling is when what brings us together is greater than what pulls us apart. And the gospel of Jesus Christ is greater than any divide we have in different ethnicities or in different generations. We want to strive to be a reflection of our community and a small reflection of heaven by being a diverse group of Christians who love one another deeply and love our Savior above all.
COMMITTED TO MULTIPLICATION
God’s love wasn’t meant to be bottled up and kept to ourselves. We want to continue to see this gospel break beyond our walls and around our city and ultimately around the world. We are not here to build our own little kingdom, because we get to be part of a much bigger one. So we want to see more and more churches planted. We want to see more and more missionaries raised up and sent out. We want to see more and more people trained and equipped for a lifetime of ministry. And we want to see more and more of our own members continue this mission to go and make disciples. J.D. Greear says it best: “We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.” Jesus told his disciples in John 20:21: “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” To be a follower of Jesus is to be sent by Jesus.