At Forest Grove, we believe we are a part of the worldwide Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which has chosen to meet for worship and have fellowship in the Forest Grove Community (I Corinthians 1:2).
We are the body of Christ, and He is the Head of this church (Ephesians 1:22-23). We are founded on the teachings of the apostles and prophets which are recorded in the Old and New Testament Scriptures (Ephesians 2:19-20). We celebrate water baptism and the Lord’s Supper until Christ returns (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:18-20).
We strive not only to study, understand, and teach these scriptures, but most importantly to obey and live out the scriptures so that the world may know that Jesus is the Christ and that we are His disciples (John 8:31, 20:31).
We follow no teachings that are contrary to God’s Word. We believe that our ultimate purpose in living is to glorify God by proclaiming Him to all people and by serving Him in every aspect of our lives. We believe that sin has separated all people from God (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 3:23), but God is not willing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9b). This is why He commissioned us to go and preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to every person, and to guide those who believe this message into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that every Christian needs to be equipped for works of service under the guidance of a local church leadership (Ephesians 4:11-16). We have faith that God has enabled us to complete this mission by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit given to us in response to our salvation and obedience to Him (Ezekiel 36:27, Acts 5:32).