FBC Pleasant Grove
Sunday, October 23, 2016
a place to grow
Mission and Values
Mission and Values
First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove exists to provide individuals throughout the greater Birmingham area a place to grow…
A Place to Grow in Christ…
We are convinced that all humans are sinful and in desperate need of a personal relationship with the Savior. All people suffer, make mistakes, and are disobedient to God’s perfect plan for their lives. Jesus, who is both completely God and completely Man, is the only sufficient Savior for the world. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on a cross to pay the penalty for sins, and on the third day was raised from the dead! Upon our belief and trust that Jesus died for our sins and came back to life, we receive forgiveness from God and acceptance in His sight. It is then that we begin a new life of following the LORD empowered by God’s Holy Spirit. Only the life that is rooted in Christ is a life that has lasting meaning and purpose.
A Place to Grow in Relationships…
First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove is a caring community of Christians. The church is a collection of imperfect people who are saved by God’s free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that God never intended for his people to live in isolation but to share life in community; therefore, we strive to develop meaningful relationships with other believers through various small groups, church activities, and ministry opportunities.
A Place to Grow in Worship…
Every person has been created with an innate desire to worship. Human beings are born worshippers and while some people selfishly worship themselves or something in creation, we are certain that the LORD is the only one worthy of our worship and praise. He is the Creator of the universe, Savior of humanity, and Sustainer of life. The church is a community of faith that worships the resurrected Jesus Christ and proclaims with our beliefs and behaviors that Jesus is LORD! The worship services at First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove are God-honoring, Christ-centered, and Spirit-empowered. The Bible is the inspired Word of God without any mixture of error and it is the basis for faith and practice. We affirm not only the priority of corporate worship in our lives on a weekly basis but also the necessity of a life of worship in our daily habits.
A Place to Grow in Ministry…
First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove exists to minister to the whole person for the whole of life. We are not just to be ministered to but we are to minister to our community, state, nation, and world. There are numerous ministries for every person regardless of age, gender, or stage of life. We encourage every member of the congregation to participate in at least one ministry for it is through these ministries that we learn to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
A Place to Grow in Evangelism…
D.T. Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” If we know the sweet salvation that only Jesus can give, then it is our joyous responsibility to tell others about Jesus. We share the good news about God’s salvation in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and the workplace for we agree with the early disciples who said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” If we have encountered Jesus, then we can not help speaking about what we have seen and heard.