OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE
At the center of who we are is a mission and purpose that come directly from Jesus in the form of His Great Commission:
"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20
We exist to make authentic disciples who live their faith and change the world.
At Center Grove, we are called to help change the world around us by seeking the heart change that brings life change. Our heart is to challenge people to become more like Christ and thus live in a way that makes an eternity’s worth of difference in the lives of people.
We make disciples, to change the world.
Vision has to do with direction and where you're going in order to accomplish the mission you’ve been given.
God has given us a vision of seeing ordinary people and families find extraordinary life in Jesus.
This means that we work to see ordinary people and families at every stage of life taking steps to grow closer to God in a living relationship with Christ and live life together. We aim to be Christ’s hands and feet, helping individuals, families, marriages and communities find His healing and real life.
We aim to be a church our community can’t ignore and can’t live without because we make such an extraordinary difference in the lives of people because we look and love so much like the incomparable Jesus.
We are deeply committed to a set of biblical principles that guide our preaching, our programming, and our people.
We treasure Jesus
We are passionate about Jesus. We treasure His Person, character, work and reputation.
We believe that the greatest use of our lives is to point to Him as the source of true life. He is our life, our greatest joy and our model for the life that is real life. What He loves, we seek to love. What He hates, we seek to hate.
We treasure people
The more passionate we are about Jesus, the more compassionate we are toward people. Jesus loves people and that means that Jesus loves broken, selfish, sinful and sad people, the rich and the poor.
We're glad for that because we understand that we are among them! We know that we only love Him because He first loved us.
We treasure joy
One of Jesus’ gifts to His people is the joy that comes from living life with Him, in His strength and in obedience to Him. Joy, whenever it is present among believers, is a treasured evidence of Jesus’ gracious work among them.
Everything is better with it, because everything is better with Him.
We treasure generosity
A cheerful giver is glad to give lavishly to others, for the sake of others, for the sake of Jesus. It’s someone who will give of their time, their money and their gifts so that others can discover the extraordinary life found in Jesus. Someone who will give treasured things away for others as Jesus did for them – generously giving Himself away first for the sake of His Father and then for the sake of others.
We treasure the same kind of generous life.
Our strategy for making disciples is simple. We provide followers of Jesus with everything they need to:
LOVE God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength
GROW together with others in the character of Jesus
SERVE others in the name of Jesus without expecting anything in return
SHARE with others the good news of Jesus
We believe that these four practices are at the heart of what it means to follow Jesus. As a church, Center Grove is committed to loving God in worship, growing together in Life Groups, serving others in our community, and sharing the Good News of Jesus with those who have not come to know Him personally.
We are convinced that God is real
Many have mixed feelings about God. Is He real? Does He care? Who is He? Is there only one?
There is a God and He cares more deeply than we can imagine. We believe He revealed this about Himself in the Bible.
We believe the Bible
Some think the Bible lacks credibility. Some see the Bible as a collection of "impossible" stories - like Jesus rising from the dead. Some think the Bible has good moral lessons here and there, but shouldn’t be taken literally. Others simply see the Bible as a rescue manual for life’s tough times - a guide to consult to make decisions or get through a crisis.
The Bible is how God tells us who He is and what He has done for us. The Bible is God’s Word and is completely and fully true. That is why we believe the Bible has authority over what we think, say, and do.
The Bible tells us what is real
The Bible also has one, overarching story that is the best news we human beings can ever hear. It is the story of how God created our world and us. How we rebelled against Him and brought death upon ourselves. How He had compassion on us and sent His only Son, Jesus – fully God and fully man, to live a perfect life, die an undeserved death in our place to pay the penalty for our sins, and then rose from the dead claiming victory over sin and death for all who trust in Him.
God continues to restore people to Himself and exalt Jesus through His Holy Spirit living within His people, the church.
Jesus is the center
In sum, the story of God's work and purpose in human history is centered on Jesus. We are all a part of this incredible story and our personal stories will ultimately be determined by what we do with Him. If you would like to talk to someone about your relationship with God, please let us know and we will be glad to help!
For a more in-depth description of our foundational beliefs, have a look at the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.