Desiring His presence and making His presence known.
We live out our purpose by:
SHARING THE GOSPEL
We teach truth.
We proclaim the supremacy of Jesus over all areas of life and culture. We encourage everyone to confess faith in Jesus. We pursue spiritual maturity through Bible study, prayer and discipleship.
We love Jesus.
We celebrate the story of our salvation by singing spiritual songs together. We point people toward Jesus as the only source of eternal life. We respond to the truth of the gospel with praise and adoration.
We share life togeather.
We strive to connect with the unchurched and welcome them into our community. We study, pray, worship, and live life together. We share our stories with each other.
LIVING ON MISSION
We love people.
We participate in God’s plan to redeem the earth. We desire to help those who are hurting and seeking answers to life's difficulties.
It’s a word that carries different meaning for everyone. Maybe church has been a joyful part of your life or maybe it’s been the source of deep pain. Maybe you’ve never been to a church or you just have your doubts about it. At Pleasant Ridge Christian Fellowship, regardless of where you’ve been, we want to welcome you right where you’re at…and while you are here, we hope you get to experience the grace and love of Jesus.
Our Servant Leaders
Pleasant Ridge Christian Fellowship is led by a team of Biblically qualified men who serve together as the Elders/pastors. Working together Pleasant Ridge seeks to glorify God through loving, Spirit enabled, sacrificial ministry.
"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood." (Acts 20:28, ESV)
STATEMENT OF FAITH
What do we believe?
Enter the name for this tabbed section: God the Holy Trinity
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27 • Genesis 3:22 • Psalm 90:2 • Matthew 28:19 • 1 Peter 1:2 • 2 Corinthians 13:14
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23 • Isaiah 9:6 • John 1:1-5, 10-30 • Hebrews 4:14-15 • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 •
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, and gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. While the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, we are commanded to be continually filled with the Spirit of God for powerful, fruitful lives.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
Faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the only basis of eternal salvation. People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Every person is born with original sin, and within himself has no potential for good. Man’s depravity has caused God to judge His creation and separate Himself from man.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Mission of the church
We believe that the mission of the church is to advance God's kingdom by discipling the nations and training its members into spiritual maturity while extending the love of God. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection according to Scripture can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23 • Ephesians 2:8-9 • John 1:12 • John 14:6 • Titus 3:5 • Galatians 3:26 •
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Jesus Christ's return
Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily to the earth to judge the living and the dead. People were created to exist forever. We will be either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16 • John 14:17 • Romans 6:23 • Romans 8:17-18 • 1 Corinthians 2:7-9 •
In non-essentials, liberty
As Christians we have a lot of differing opinions that are not necessarily doctrinal issues essential to salvation. Many times our opinions and differences come from traditions, or even the way we were raised. It is quite evident that tensions arising from diversity of belief and practice among Christians are already apparent in the pages of the New Testament and remain with us today.
There was apparently a thriving vegetarian faction within the church at Rome (Rom. 14). “One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables” (v. 2). There was also a difference among them about whether certain days were to be honored (v. 5). How do we live with such differences among us? Paul says, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions” (v. 1). Such a person is to be welcomed, says Paul, and not just welcomed for the purpose of quarreling with him over his views. Love for such a person, weak in faith though he is, must continue. In that love, we must extend liberty to each person to hold fast to his own conscience on what Christ has commanded (Rom. 14:5)
After two thousand years of church history, Christians are still divided. Here at Pleasant Ridge we have many people from all different Christian denominations and Christian backgrounds. It would seem that either we must ignore our doctrinal differences and treat them as inconsequential, or we must remain permanently divided and in opposition to one another until Christ returns. Is there not a more excellent way? Love. (1 Cor. 12:31).
In everything, love
Love for Christ must include a love for His truth, and so we can never treat as inconsequential anything that Christ has commanded. Only those who abide in Jesus’ word are truly His disciples (John 8:31), and disciples are to be taught to obey all that He has commanded (Matt. 28:19–20). So the route that we might call doctrinal minimalism is not open to us. We cannot simply reduce the number of doctrines to be taught and believed to what we can all accept as important and ignore the rest. Movement in that direction always seems to lose its brakes and eventually nothing distinctive of Christianity remains.
But neither can we lock ourselves up in very small groups with maximal agreement on doctrine and morals, and then separate from others and refuse to acknowledge as Christians those who do not embrace all our distinctives. The multiplication of small groups who pride themselves on purity but who denounce and despise those who fall short of that standard does nothing to express the truth of “the one, holy, universal, and apostolic church” for which Christ died.
Many distinct gatherings of Christians spread throughout the world can actually serve the purposes of God, by sprinkling us among the lost to shine the light of Christ. Our multiple groupings can also serve us well, encouraging us to be faithful to what we believe Christ has taught us, bringing us together with those with whom we can cooperate most fully. But if we allow our divisions to become breaches of love and occasions for pride and rivalry, then we will have failed in our calling, and our witness for Christ will be marred.
In all things there must be love. Love is that "which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col. 3:14).
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God (Rom. 15:5–7).