Covenant of Faith

From Article III of our Constitution:

Historically, we honor the Pleasant Grove Union Church Statement of Belief:

We the members of Pleasant Grove Union Church recognize and affirm that each Christian has an obligation to serve God. “We embrace those things that are the common thread of all the major protestant religions and each individual has a right to choose. Christians may have a difference of opinion as a God given right and privilege. These differences shall not deter us in our service to God. We hold to and abide by the Holy Bible as our rule and guide to our faith. We accept those who profess a belief in the one true God, in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and his Spirit that even now and forever more dwells among us.”

In addition, we believe the following:

It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, that we trust in the one triune God, whom alone we worship and serve.

We affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us in order that we might have eternal and abundant life. As disciples, we are called to ministry in Christ’s name and seek to continue God’s mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken and welcoming strangers. We believe God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell among us, empowering us to be faithful disciples in the world.

This congregation recognizes that God alone is Lord of all creation. We accept the Apostles’ Creed and the Creeds of other Protestant denominations as basic statements of Christian faith and fellowship; declare our purpose to obey Jesus Christ in accordance with God’s will as revealed in the eternal truths of the Holy Scriptures. Even if there are differences concerning our interpretations of Holy Scriptures, we believe as St. Augustine said, “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Therefore, upon this diverse theological foundation of our faith, we covenant with one another and with God to live and labor in union together, believing our differences make us stronger as a church of true disciples of Jesus Christ.

We also believe in harmony amidst diversity.

Galatians 3:27–28 tells us that “You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself. So there is no difference between Jews or Gentiles, between slaves and free men, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.” The oneness of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the church’s membership. In Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of age, sex, disability, geography, race, or ethnicity. There is therefore no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person.