Plum Grove Church and School, early 1900s. The artist is Sandy Perriene, a relative of Jesse Stuart, who refers to the church and school in several of his writings.
The Great Commandment
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
(Mark 12:29 - 31 NLT)
The Great Commission
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18 - 20 NLT)
Plum Grove Baptist Church, today.
Having given ourselves to God, by faith in Jesus Christ, and adopted the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.
We promise, by God’s grace, to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all appearance of evil, to abstain from all unholy conformity to the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating beverages, and to “provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to the study of the Holy Bible, private prayer, family devotions, and social worship; and by self-denial, faith and good works, endeavor to “grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church worship services and the observance of the ordinances of the Gospel; nor fail to pay according to our best ability for the support of the church, of its poor, and all its benevolent work.
We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to “keep the unity of the Spirit” in the bonds of peace, to be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and as far as we are able, promote the success of the Gospel and of the church.
We will everywhere hold Christian principle sacred and Christian obligations and enterprises supreme; counting it our chief business in life to extend the influence of Christ in society, constantly praying and toiling that the kingdom of God may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
To this end we agree to labor for the success of our Sunday school and evangelistic efforts for the salvation of the world. And may God preserve us blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.