The Grove comes from Isaiah 61. The very first public sermon Jesus gives is from Isaiah 61. The message is that Jesus has come to rescue the poor. The poor are those who know they are poor without Christ. They long for Him and see Him as the satisfaction of their deepest desires and the true rescuer who offers redemption and restoration from the crippling effects of sin and sin itself.
The message of Isaiah 61 is: those who desire and long for Christ will do something amazing… They will rebuild the cities of the world. And they will be called… Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord. As we come together as Oaks of Righteousness to rebuild our city we become “The Grove”, a collection of people that are offering the hope of Jesus Christ to our city and its people.
The Grove is a church of Jesus Christ. We are Christians who encourage people to belong before they believe; yet we also challenge people to faith in the gospel, as well as nurture people from initial faith in the gospel to greater faith in the gospel. We see every Christian as a minister of the gospel, not consuming ministry but producing ministry. And we strive to be a church that doesn’t exist for itself but for others.