Melissa, Reese, Ellie, and Moses
What would it look like to be the Church? We hear that phrase, “be the church” often, but do we really stop and consider what it means or how we can actually do it? We believe that church is more than showing up at a location, being moved by good music, and charged by an inspirational sermon. Instead, we believe the Christian life is meant to be lived as disciples that are a family of missionary servants. At The Grove, we do this as we gather on Sunday to celebrate what we’ve seen and heard God do as we’ve scattered to join God in the renewal of all things and the transformation of lives through the Gospel of Jesus.
We started The Grove Church not to be another voice or destination for Christians on Sunday mornings, but to be a launching pad of God’s people into our neighborhoods to make a difference where God has sovereignly placed us. Acts 17.26 says, “[God] determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” Since that’s true, we believe that where we already live is the place where God wants us to engage, bringing the Gospel of Jesus to the world so that He can do what He does best: seek and save that which is lost. We believe that God is doing something unique in Fort Bend County, and are thrilled that God has chosen us to play a small role.
First, we are reformed in our theology, meaning that at the center of all we believe and do is the belief that God has been coming near towards sinners. This movement towards humanity is best expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (that is, the Gospel).
We are also baptist in our practice of the ancient sacraments of the Church. By that, we mean that we immerse followers of Jesus in what we call “believer’s baptism.” In other words, we will dunk you all the way into the water only after you have confessed Jesus as Lord over your life and born fruit unto repentance (Matt 3.8). When we observe communion, we do so remembering and proclaiming Jesus’ death (1 Corinthians 11.26) and invite all followers of Jesus to participate with us, though encouraging non-believers to abstain.
Finally, we are missional in our living. Because every Christian is a missionary, and God has sent us to our cities for its welfare (Jeremiah 29.7), we all have a privileged and distinct role that God has placed on our lives. Because we are missional, we prioritize relationships in our neighborhoods and cities over programs. In other words, we are sent-out as Christians with as much priority as we are gathered as Christians.”