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Message from the Pastor

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History of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church

During 1898, a place of worship called Pine Grove Baptist Church was established.  The church was aptly named because it was built amid a grove of pine trees.  Written records begin with the formal organization of the church in 1900.  The Articles of Faith and the Church Covenant were adopted in April 1900.  There were thirty-four charter members in 1900.  The church soon united with the Blue Ridge Baptist Association.

In those early years services were held monthly as the pastor usually pastured other churches.  Some months the meetings were canceled due to inclement weather or sickness.  Despite inconveniences the church grew.

The first Sunday School was organized in December 1903 and began in January 1904.  The congregation soon demonstrated a concern for missions and helping others.  The first box of goods for the Baptist Orphanage in Salem, Virginia was prepared in December 1903.  By 1910 money was being sent to various boards:  Home Missions, State Missions, Foreign Missions, and the Minister’s Relief.

The early church building, like most in that era, was a small, white clapboard structure.  A stove provided heat on cold days, and kerosene lamps provided light.  An organ was purchased in 1922.  The church building remained basically unchanged for fifty years until two new Sunday School rooms and a pulpit stage were built.  Many building projects occurred over the years since, including bricking the building, enlarging the sanctuary, and adding a new building to house a large fellowship hall and new Sunday School classrooms.

Through the years several men from the church have either been licensed or ordained to preach the Gospel.  In addition to those who have been called to full time ministry, many members have served on short term volunteer mission trips in the United States and across the globe to fulfill our Lord’s command to go into the world and teach. 

We thank God for the dedicated men and women who labored so faithfully in the past.  We thank God that He placed it in the hearts of men and women to begin a work here at Pine Grove.  We are daily challenged to continue to be faithful to God and to carry out His work of love.

Our Purpose

To be a worshipping congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit to share our faith to all mankind.  To promote and maintain regular worship of the true and living God, both publicly and privately among the membership of this body.  To be a caring and concerned fellowship, sharing and serving Christ through such ministries as may be determined by the Church and God.  To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man through emphasis in Bible study, Christian training and personal service.

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What We Believe

1.  The one, true God exists in the form of three distinct and equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2.  The Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.  In His word, God has revealed eternal truths that shall ever remain our final authority for all matters pertaining to life and faith.

3.  God is our Creator, the Maker of Heaven and earth.

4.  Jesus Christ is truly God and truly Man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived without sin, in perfect obedience to the Father.  Christ performed great miracles and explained the kingdom of God, but was rejected by His people.  He died on the cross for the sins of others, was buried, and rose victoriously to love forever.

5.  All people are sinful by nature and deed, yet can be forgiven by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 

6.  The Holy Spirit is fully God.  He convicts the world of sin, indwells believers, empowers Christians to live holy lives, and distributes spiritual gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ.

7.  All believers should assemble for teaching, prayer, praise, fellowship, and ministry.

8.  Believers are to witness to all mankind the truth of the Gospel message and make disciples.

9.  Jesus Christ’s return is imminent.  He will gather all who believe in Him and will establish His kingdom.  All who reject Jesus Christ will endure eternal punishment in hell while those who place their faith in Christ will enjoy eternal life in heaven with Him.