About Our Mission
To Reach Up - Which is About Worship
In Isaiah chapter 6, we see the prophet’s heavenly vision in which he sees the Lord high and lifted UP. The Psalmist (Ps. 121:1) declares “I will lift (UP) mine eyes to the hills from whence comes my help, my help comes from the Lord.” These passages, and so many others, speak about the highly exalted character and place of our Heavenly Father. His character is matcchless, His power boundless, and every attribute stainless. This is the God we seek to be in total communion with. We do this by REACHING UP. We reach up through ministries of prayer, praise, worship, and the word.
To Reach In - Which is About Discipleship
We believe, at PMG, that the call to the entire world is to come as you are. However, it is not our mandate or mission that you stay as you are. The church has been uniquely commissioned by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to “teach them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:20) We are enabled to do this through the power of the Holy Spirit that Christ says, “will teach you all things, whatsoever I have commanded.” (John 14:26) So it is our practice through the primary teaching gift and leadership of our pastor that we REACH IN toward every member for the purpose of “building them up for the work of the ministry.” (Eph.4:11-12)
To Reach Out - Which is About Evangelism
While it is our purpose to glorify God in our pursuit of Him and His righteousness, it is our mission to captivate and catch the lost with the good news and to teach them about Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:19, He declared “Go therefore and teach all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” We accept this charge realizing that every other activity of our church is to effectively provide and promote an opportunity for the lost of this world to hear about a man named Jesus who makes eternal life available to them who believe. (John 1:12) We do this as we REACH OUT… We evangelize through outreach efforts. We are striving to be a “church without walls.” This is a church that does not allow the walls of the sanctuary to keep us in and others out. We stretch ourselves to know God (UPREACH) and to make Him known (OUTREACH).
Pleasant Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church is a Bible believing and Christ centered church that was founded in the 1920’s. The Great Commision, found in Matthew 28:19-20, continues to be our mandate and mission. Pastor Kevin L. Pullam strongly values the idea of our congregation being devoted to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the empowerment of believers in their daily lives.At PMG we believe that a church is only as strong as the framework of the family. We are dedicated to the kind of spiritual growth, evangelism, and fellowship witnessed and encouraged in the bible. We enage in bible based, Christ-centered worship. During each of our worship services, we do our best to exalt the Savior, evangelize the Sinner and edify the Saint. Our pastor is diligent in preparation and preaching. He is also down to earth and people oriented. This makes for a word experience that is powerful yet practical. We leave each worship and study encounter with real tools and teaching to address our daily real life encounters.In 2018 we are “Tuning Upward, Teaching Inward, and Trending Outward” as a people who are “In Tune With God, and In Touch With Man.”
About Our Logo
As Christians, we believe and proclaim the cross of Calvary as the place where Jesus Chirst made the ultimate sacrifice and died for the salvation of humanity. This is why it is also central to Emmanuel’s church logo. Here we can see the cross beams depicted with arrows. The vertical beam is pointing up to symbolize our UP REACH and mission to be “In Tune With God.” The horizontal beams point out representing our OUT REACH and goal to be “In Touch With Man.” Luke 2:52, when speaking of Jesus, says that He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” The logo and the cross serve as our reminder and motivation to be like Christ in this way.
Pleasant Mount Gilead believes that, if one is not very mindful, it is highly possible to be “so heaven bound that we’re no earthly good.” This is why our purprose, pursuit, vision, and mission don’t stop with simply the UP REACH (our worship). We know our primary function is to “love God with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our souls and that this is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-28) However, Jesus didn’t stop there. At verse 39 He declares, “and the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself.” We can’t claim to love God, whom we have not seen, and not love our brother/sister we see every day. (1 John 4:20) So, we stretch out our hands toward the saint and the sinner. Toward the saint in discipleship and toward the sinner in evangelism.
The Apostle Paul declares, in 2 Timothy 4:8, “henceforth there is now laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me on that day – and not to me only, but to all those who love His appearing.” So we are motivated, yeah even excited, that “we shall wear a crown.” However, there is a requirement… Paul said, “henceforth” meaning something preceeded it. What was that? “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Before we wear a crown, we must bear a cross. Notice, in our Logo, the cross sits in front of the crown. This is because the fact is, “no cross, no crown.” It is both a matter of our FAITH IN the work of the cross, and our DEDICATION TO the work of the cross. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
In the old hymn “Sweet Sweet Spirit,” it exclaims in the chorus “sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly dove, stay right here with us, filling us with Your love…” In the Holy Scriptures we are told that, when Jesus was baptized at the inauguration of His public ministry, “He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him, and behold a voice from heaven said, ‘this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.'” As people of the Most High God, we believe, upon our faith, we are “baptized into one spirit and given one spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) We also witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 just as the Lord promised in Acts 1:8. The Holy Spirit is the residing presnce of Christ resting upon, and living within, to empower us as witnesses throughout the world. So, we see the dove in the logo as a representation of God’s spirit in, over and through our lives.