Pine Grove



When we worship God, we express our heartfelt love and adoration of Him.  This may be through shouts of joy, singing, dancing, clapping, as well as through moments of quietness and reflection.  In these ways we outwardly express our love and faith to God.  We believe God accepts both our exuberant and contemplative worship when given in sincerity. 


We believe that God is one God, yet He is also three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This doctrine is called the Trinity.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to earth to guide us to Himself.  We are not alone, even though Jesus is not here in body.  He is here in spirit, by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit communicates the presence of Jesus.


On the day of Pentecost when the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit, they all began to speak in other tongues.  The gift of tongues is available to all believers.  Exercising this gift strengthens your spiritual life and allows your spirit to communicate with God in a supernatural language (1 Corinthians 14).


Some ask if this is not in direct opposition to Paul’s instruction on orderly worship (1 Corinthians 14:27-33).  Our answer is that Paul is not confronting the issue of speaking in tongues collectively, but is giving guidance to those who want to address the congregation in tongues.  We can all praise God and pray in tongues together, but when addressing the congregation in tongues it must be with interpretation and one at a time.


Ultimately we are not giving money to the church but to God.  What we give is so small in comparison with what He has given us, His only Son.  God is not looking to be repaid, but does delight in a cheerful giver, for the act of giving reveals the condition of our hearts towards Him.

Many people respond negatively to the church.  “The government taxes us”, you might say, “why should the church also”?  No one should view their giving to God as tax but as an investment.  God promises good returns on any investment in His work.  God is no man’s debtor! 

We call our giving to God tithes and offerings.  The word tithe means “a tenth”.  The first recorded tithe in the Bible was by a man named Abraham, the man of faith, and that is what is needed in tithing, faith!  As money often represents our security for the future, it takes genuine faith in God to give today while trusting Him for tomorrow.


The Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard” (Romans 3:23).  Sin is anything that is wrong in God’s sight.  We need to be saved because the consequences of sin is death, and after death, judgment.

God desires to save us from this through Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection.  He willingly took upon Himself the punishment for our sins and rose again, so we could be forgiven and have eternal life.  Only those who have been forgiven by God through Christ’s death on the cross will be saved from condemnation.  So how can we be sure that we are forgiven?  Following are five steps you need to take:  

The five steps to salvation.

     CONFESS – Everyone has done wrong by falling short of God’s will.  The Bible calls this sin, and sin separates us from God.  The only  way to return to God is to deal with the sin.  The Bible teaches us that if we admit that we have done wrong and turn from evil, God will forgive us.  Jesus’ death on the cross provides the answer to the problem of our sin.

     REPENT – Repentance means a change of mind.  To repent is to change your mind, leading to a change in lifestyle.  God loves you and wants you to have a better life.  He will change your life for you if you are willing to change your mind and turn from what is wrong.  God will ask you to give up certain things that displease Him, as they get in the way of His plan for you.  Repentance is a process, but as you give up what is wrong, you will receive so much more from God.

    BELIEVE – Having faith in God is another way of saying “trusting God” or “believing in God”.  God wants you to believe in Him, to believe in His goodness and love for you, His desire to forgive you and give you a new life.  That is what faith is:  believing without seeing.  Although you cannot see God, you can get to know him by His Spirit and through the pages of His Word, the Bible.

    BE BAPTIZED IN WATER – Water baptism is God’s appointed way in which you make your pledge to Jesus Christ.  Baptism doesn’t save you but it does seal your born-again experience.  Through baptism God fights on your behalf and fully separates you from your old life.  If you become a Christian during one of our services make sure you get baptized as soon as you can.

    BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT – When Jesus left this earth, He promised that He would send His Spirit to be with Christians here.  It is through the Holy Spirit that you will be able to live successfully as a Christian.  When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes to live in you.  But more than that, Jesus wants to fill you with His Spirit.  If you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, just ask Jesus and He will fill you.  There are always trained people to pray for you after the service.