By his birth the world dates its calendars, and by his name millions curse and millions pray. Two thousand years on, Jesus remains the most prominent and influential person in history. All this from a man without earthly title and riches, the son of a carpenter, whose public ministry spanned less than four years. The striking contrast between Jesus' humble life and impact on the world (which transcends generations, cultures and creeds), is nothing short of miraculous. Who is Jesus and why does it matter? The answer warrants more than a passing thought and openness to explore.
For all the things that can be said of Jesus (who he is, his life and teachings), the Bible remains the most definitive and detailed source. In it we find eyewitness accounts that testify to his character, nature and deeds.
One such account is detailed in the Gospel of Mark, which is a great place to start as you explore and discover Jesus.
The message of hope found in Jesus, called the 'Good News', has transformed countless lives over two millennia, and continues to this day. Through Jesus’ love we find restoration for the lost, a shelter to the homeless, a hiding place for the abused, and an anchor in our storms.
You too can share in this hope. Whoever you are, and wherever you’ve been, nothing disqualifies you from the love of God.
Maybe you're feeling lost in a world of hardship and pain. Maybe you're seeking answers to life's BIG questions. Or maybe you've been prompted by a family member or friend to dig deeper. Whatever your reasons, finding God usually starts with a question, either out of sheer curiosity, or a seeking heart for the truth no matter what the cost.
Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
At Pleasant Grove we're here to help you, whatever your stage or phase in life. Whether you're just starting out in your Christian walk, or ready for the next step, we can equip you for the journey. It's a journey of discovery to become the person God created you to be.
Are you ready for the next step?
Step 1: Accepting Jesus
Step 2: Starting Out
Step 3: Championing Your Faith
Accepting Jesus into your heart starts with a simple prayer. Questions may remain, but if your heart is genuine, you can trust in God that He will begin a good work in you that will not disappoint.
If you're not quite ready for this step we invite you to come along to our church services to learn more. It's the place to find answers to burning questions, while connecting with others. In the meantime, we encourage you to pray to God with a sincere and open heart, that He may reveal Himself to you.
For those that are ready to accept Jesus into their heart and start a new life, we invite you to use the following as a guide. It's not an official prayer you must say word for word, but rather a simple prayer that can be said in your own language and speech, based on Romans 10:9-10.
“God, I come to you acknowledging your ways are better than my ways. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I believe that you raised Him from the dead. I am sorry for the wrongs of my past and from this day forward I’m committed to following you. I thank you, Father, for loving and saving me.”
Congratulations! If you said this prayer with an honest and genuine heart then you can look forward to an amazing future with Jesus.
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If you've accepted Jesus into your heart, then there are a few practical steps you can take to reinforce and strengthen your faith. We recommend...
Connect with others, learn more about God, and grow in faith. One of the best ways to align yourself to the things of God is through regular church attendance. Community worship encourages spiritual development, and in doing so we cultivate a sense of family within Christ's body that inspires us and promotes further growth. Come and join us this Sunday.
Through prayer God expresses His love for us, bolsters and guides us. Just as Jesus did, take time out each day to share your life with God through prayer.
Every time you pick up and read the Bible you're holding the living and breathing Word of God.
Thousands of years in the making, boasting kings, fishermen, tax collectors, prophets, generals, shepherds and prisoners amongst its many authors, the Bible remains the highest selling book of all time, and the greatest love story ever told. It is a book like no other and is as relevant today as it ever was.
Read our Overview of the Bible for an initial look at its contents and foundational study.
Connection Groups are a great way to meet new people, while establishing a firm foundation in faith that can stand the test of time. Join a Connection Group today.
Service to others is the practical outpouring of the change God has made in our hearts. Our world has shifted from inward focus to outward living, and is an opportunity to assist others using our unique array of gifts and talents. Submit your interest today.
Giving is an opportunity to personally invest into the Kingdom of God here on Earth. It acknowledges God as the true giver of everything we have, and practically illustrates our trust in Him - that He will provide for all our needs. Giving of tithes should be done willingly and joyfully, knowing God will use whatever we give, big or small, to the glory of His name. Start giving today.
Just as Jesus did as an example for us, baptism is a way of telling the whole world of your friendship with God. It is a public display of the change He has made in your heart and an essential step of obedience as you continue in your walk with Christ. What's more, baptism doesn't have to wait until life's struggles and hardships are finally overcome or resolved. Just as the Ethiopian did in Acts 8:26-38, baptism is a step of faith you can take sooner rather than later.
Contact us today to find out more or to flag your interest.
Experiencing Jesus' love for each of us is even better when we share it with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. You might have children who can get involved in various ministries designed just for them such as GroveKids and GroveTeens.
Invite someone you know to come along to church this Sunday to encounter God and experience His love for them.