What We Believe @ The Grove
We believe the Bible is the word of God, authored by God and written by humans under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is inspired by God and a gracious gift of God to us as the ultimate source of truth, contains no errors, and final authority for all of life (Psalm 12.6; Prov 30.5; John 20.21; 2 Tim 3.16; 2 Pet 1.20-21).
We believe in one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit who are all co-equal and one God (Gen 1.26-27; Matt 3.16-17; 28.19; Eph 2.18; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Pet 1:2).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a 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; Is. 9:6; Jn 1:1-5; Heb. 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God and is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives believers spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily (2 Cor 3:17; John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 2:12, 3:16; Eph 1:13, 5:18; Gal 5:25).
We believe people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character and person and represent Him on the earth. People are the supreme object of God's creation, but mankind sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation (Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isa 53:6a; Rom. 3:23).
We believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Only by God’s grace can one be reconciled to God, justified, sanctified, and ultimately glorified (John 3.18,36; 14.6; Acts 4.12; Rom 3.21-26; 1 Tim 2.5-6).
We believe that the person that has been made new by the regeneration of the Spirit of God after trusting in Christ for salvation. As a believer of Jesus, any person should live for the glory of God by following Jesus by faith through water baptism, become a faithful member of a local church, and pursue Christian discipleship, with Jesus as our example and the Holy Spirit as our empowerment, in obedience and faith (Matt 28.19-20; Rom 12.1-2; 2 Pet 1.3-11; 3.18).
We believe that the universal church, the body of Christ, consists of all believers regardless of denominational affiliation and that Christ, the supreme authority of the Church, commanded for His church the observance of water baptism and the Lord's Supper until he returns. We also believe the local church should be a witness to the contemporary world through an incarnational witness. Without compromising biblical absolutes, a church's ministry, worship, and teaching should creatively adapt to the particular culture it feels called to reach (Col 1:18; Eph 4:4-6; Acts 1:5, 11:15-16; 1 Cor 12:13; 1 Thess 4:13-17; Matt 16:18, 28:19; 1 Cor 11:24-26).
We believe in the personal return of Jesus whereby He’ll establish in fullness His kingdom during which, every person will be physically resurrected from the dead and will be judged. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. We believe those that do not place their total faith in Jesus for salvation will spend eternity in a literal Hell, separated from the loving presence of God. Those that have placed their trust in Jesus will enjoy perfect joy and glory in eternal union with God in the new heaven and the new earth (Matt 25.31-36; John. 3:16; 5.28-29; Acts 24.15; Rom 6:23; Rev 19-20).
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 renew our neighborhoods to reflect Gospel-centered communities..
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 but significant role.
As we practice ministry and lead others into obeying Jesus, we will be focused on three main theological distinctives that will drive all others. We will have a reformed understanding of our soteriology, a baptist practice of the ordinances, and a missional nature in the rhythms of the life of the church corporately and individually.
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.”