Pleasant Hill Baptist Church exists to cultivate disciples of Jesus for the glory of God.
Growth doesn’t happen all by itself. Here in the Willamette Valley we understand this well. There is soil preparation, the planting of a seed, the caring and nurturing of the ground in which that seed grows, and a full dependency upon God to see that seed grow and become a mature tree. The same is true in the nature of God’s Church, and how He works in our hearts. We all have a story to tell, and some of us have a story about when a seed was sown in the soil of our hearts. That seed was the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With the Gospel seed sown into the soil of our hearts, and with intentional care and nurturing, God brings about growth in our lives. As Jesus said Himself, we all grow in different increments and at different rates (Matthew 13:23), but we all as the Church grow.
This is the Church; Jesus Christ is our Head, the Cornerstone, our Chief Shepherd. He is our Savior and Lord; the One who grows the Church; and we are the trees in the process of growing. A great picture of this is found in John 15:4-8 and verse 11, where Jesus states, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples… These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
Our mission here is to become disciples of Jesus through cultivation, so that through the following of Jesus, through the growth that takes places in His Church, and through the outward expressions of the good news of Jesus Christ to others in our community, we get the full joy of Jesus in us, and God gets all the glory!