Our Beliefs

Who We Are

Long Grove Community Church membership is derived from a broad geographic area with various religious backgrounds. We support missions locally, nationally and internationally. We envision a future that is totally dedicated to a biblical community to include children and adults maturing in Christ, Christ centered families and mission opportunities.
Mission Statement

Long Grove Community Church's mission is to impact our world by making disciples through Loving God, Living the Word and Serving People.

Statement of Faith

FAITH: This Church acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of man. It acknowledges as brothers in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.  It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments:  Baptism, and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.

This Church is called by God to make this confession:

  1. We confess our faith in the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
  2. We confess that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man.  Because of our sin and estrangement from God, at the Father’s bidding the Son of God took on flesh.  Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He became like us in all things apart from sin.  He died on the cross to atone for our sin and reconcile us to God and on the third day rose bodily from the dead.  He is the sole head of the church, the Lord and Savior of us all, and will one day return in glory, power and judgment to usher in the kingdom of God in its fullness.  
  3. We hold that the Bible is the written Word of God, the infallible rule of faith and practice for the church of Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures have binding authority on all people.  All other sources of knowing stand under the judgment of the Word of God.  
  4. We affirm that the central content of the Scriptures is the gospel of reconciliation and redemption through the atoning sacrifice of Christ and His glorious resurrection from the grave.  The good news is that we are saved by the grace of God alone, the grace revealed and fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus Christ, which is received only by faith. Yet this faith does not remain alone but gives rise to the works of piety, mercy and justice.  The Holy Spirit, who spoke through the prophets and apostles, calls us today, as in the past, to seek justice and peace for all races, tongues and nations.  
  5. We confess as our own the faith embodied in the great ecumenical and Reformation creeds and confessions, finding them in basic conformity with the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.  
  6. We confess that the mission of the church is to bear witness to God’s law and gospel in our words and deeds.  We are sent into the world as disciples of Christ to glorify God in every area of life and to bring all peoples into submission to the Lordship of Christ, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  We seek to obey this commission in the full assurance that our Lord and Savior is with us always, even to the end of the age.

FINAL AUTHORITY FOR MATTERS OF BELIEF AND CONDUCT – The statements of faith contained herein do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Long Grove Community Church's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is the Church's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.  

THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE – We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).  

MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY – We believe that God creates each person as male or female; that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27); and, that rejection of one's biological sex is offensive to God.
We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning, namely the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2: 18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).  

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Long Grove Community Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Long Grove Community Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Article IV (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1Thess 5:22).  

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; l Cor 6:9-11).  

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Long Grove Community Church.

COVENANT: We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the Will of God.  We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us.  We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace.  As did our fathers, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us.  We pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.



Please join us for our Summer Sermon Series:

What Would It Look Like:  
Living out the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  
The Parables of Jesus

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:00 - 9:50am  Education Time    (Christian Ed. classes, volunteer ministry training, etc.)

10:00 - 11:15am  Worship Time & Children's Sunday School

11:30am Community Time   (Fellowship coffee, Elder Coffees, special events, etc.)

 We look forward to having our faith community together for the purpose of worship and teaching. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month with services held in our historic sanctuary.

Contact us

1110 Robert Parker Coffin Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
p 847-634-3635   f 847-634-3660
Office Hours: M-F 9a-3p

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