What We Believe
The Bible

The Old and New Testaments, without error as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people. They represent God’s only rule of Christian faith and practice.1

[1] II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12

God

There is one God1, who is infinitely perfect2, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.3

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4
[2] Matthew 5:48
[3] Matthew 28:19; I John 5:6-10; II Corinthians 13:14

Jesus

Jesus Christ is true God and true man1. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary2. He lived a sinless life and died upon the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind3. He arose from the dead4 and is now at the right hand of the Father as our great High Priest5

[1] Philippians 2:6-11; John 1:1, 14
[2] Luke 1:35-38
[3] I Peter 3:18; Romans 5:8
[4] Acts 2:23-24
[5] Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 4:14-16

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.1 He is sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer2; and convict the world of sin.3 It is the will of God that every believer should live by and be filled with the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.4 The Gifts of the Spirit are available to all believers today.

[1] II Corinthians 3:17-18
[2] John 16:13; John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8
[3] John 16:7-11
[4] John 16:5-14

Man, Sin, Heaven, Hell

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God1; he fell through disobedience, causing both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,2 are separated from God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.3 Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.4 To be eternally separated from God is death or Hell.5 To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life or Heaven.6 Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

[1] Genesis 1:27
[2] Romans 3:23
[3] I Corinthians 15:20-23
[4] John 3:16
[5] Revelation 20:15
[6] Romans 6:23

Salvation

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people who repent of their sins, confess with their mouth, and believe in their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.1

[1] Romans 10:9-10

The Church

The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have acknowledged Him as Lord and Savior. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church,1 which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations, making disciples.2
The local Church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, prayer, fellowship, edification through the Word of God, and the proclamation of the Gospel. It is also where the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are observed.3

[1] Ephesians 1:22-23
[2] Matthew 28:19-20
[3] Acts 2:41-47

Church Ordinances

Water Baptism

The Church practices baptism by immersion, which is the example shown in New Testament Scripture (Mark 1:10; Mark 16:16; John 3:23; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4). The Church, nevertheless, accepts those into fellowship who believe their form of baptism, other than immersion, was sufficient and meaningful before God, because we believe that the motive for baptism is more important than the mode of baptism. The Church adheres to the belief that baptism should:

(a) Be a believer’s baptism (i.e., an event that occurs after conversion) (Acts 2:38,41); and

(b) Be a public expression of an inward experience of one’s faith in the atoning work of Christ. Thus, one would symbolically declare to the world that they have died with Christ to sin and that they also have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19).

The Bible does not give any example of infant or child baptism. It is always a believer’s baptism. The Bible does set the example of presenting children to the Lord (I Samuel 1:26-28; Luke 2:21-40); therefore, the Church encourages baby dedication, which is really a dedication of the parents to raise their child in accordance with God’s Word.

Communion

Communion is a symbolic celebration given to the church by Jesus Christ. It was first observed by Christ and his twelve disciples just before His crucifixion (Matthew 26:1-30; Luke 22:1-40). The emphasis was upon remembering what the Lord had done.

In the Old Testament there were a number of feasts to commemorate what God had done for the Israelites; so, too, the Communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper) is a commemoration for what God has done for us — a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. Christ established Communion as an ordinance of the Church to remember His sacrifice. He has commanded us to carry on this ordinance until His return (I Corinthians 11:23-26).

The elements of Communion are:

(a) The Bread: representing His body, given for our sins (I Peter 2:24).

(b) The Fruit of the Vine: representing His blood, shed to give mankind a new covenant with God (Romans 5:9, Ephesians:7).

Both of these elements represent what Christ has done for us through His death.

This Church practices open Communion which means anyone may take Communion as long as they believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Purpose Statement

The Grove Community Church is guided and directed by the Purpose Statement,

“Being Changed By God to Reach All People.”

Core Values

The Grove Community Church is also defined by the following four Core Values:

 

Biblical Truth: We Are Guided and Shaped by God’s Word

Outreach: All People Matter to God

Relationships: All People Matter to Us

Teamwork: We Are Better Together

As a community church, we are a fellowship of Christians who are united on those doctrines that are essential to salvation, and we respect the diversity of views held by our members on those doctrines that are important but not essential. We are a nondenominational church but are currently dually aligned with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the California Southern Baptist Convention.

A New Walk With Jesus
People begin their search for God from many different places.

 

Maybe you can relate to those who have always had a certain level of respect or reverence for God.

Perhaps you’ve tried to be a good person and do good things. But now you are beginning to wonder if you have been missing out on a deeper relationship with Him. You question whether or not the good things that you do are enough to make you right with God.

Or perhaps you are like those who are angry with God because of something that happened in your past. You now wonder if He will forgive you for the harsh words and thoughts that you have directed at Him.

Maybe you have been rejecting God like so many others, consciously breaking his commandments and engaging in many kinds of sinful behaviors.

No matter what their past, whether they know it or not, everyone is searching for God.


There is good news for you.

 

No matter where you are now in your relationship with God, there is a path that leads to restoration, forgiveness, and transformation. This is a faith based process. The benefits that you will enjoy are given freely by God because He loves you. They are not something you can earn. They are given in response to your faith in Jesus. Regardless of your past, God loves you and has an amazing plan for your future.

The Grove won’t leave you hanging with this good news. We would love to start a conversation with you on what this means for you specifically, and how you can begin the process of change with Jesus.

Start by having a conversation with one of our pastoral team. You can e-mail Pastor Trevor Christmas at tchristmas@thegrove.cc or call 951-571-9090 extension 2177. Do it now! We will be happy to talk and walk through this whole process with you.

 

First Steps Class

 

You probably have lots of questions. That’s good! The more you ask and explore, the more amazing this incredible provision that God has made for you will become. We want to help you find answers to your questions. Even more importantly, we want to help you find a new way to live your life in close relationship with God.

Your first stop on this journey is a class called First Steps. The class meets every Sunday in Room D-5 at 9 AM. We do take August off and several traditional holidays. In this class, we will explain what it means to be a Christian, how to develop your relationship with God, things you should know about the Bible, and many other things. We also have a First Steps book that you can pick up at the Book Store in the church lobby. If you plan on attending the First Steps Class, please call Carrissa at 951-571-9090 x 2192 or email her at cbrown@thegrove.cc.

 

Upcoming Classes

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