Grace Beliefs & Identity

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We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy. We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation. We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people, not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself. We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

From The Presbyterian Church in America

Identity


Our focus is Jesus Christ and His Gospel. In addition, here are some other words that distinguish us:

Presbyterian


We trace our heritage back to the Protestant Reformation and hold to a set of beliefs outlined in a series of documents called the Westminster Standards.  We are a part of a larger body of churches called the Presbyterian Church in America.

Progressive


While we hold faithfully to the essential beliefs of historic Christianity and to the distinctive of our Presbyterian heritage, we are also committed to seeing change happen in our church and in our world. In fact, it is precisely because of our belief in the unchanging message of God’s grace that we expect to see progress in our community as the Gospel continues to grip hearts and change lives.

Indigenous


We practice our historic faith by drawing from our rich and beautiful Christian heritage. As we do, we give expression to it in ways that look and feel like Metro Atlanta in the here and now. Some have asked, “Are you contemporary? Are you traditional?” Well, whose contemporaries did you have in mind? Whose traditions? I guess we just don’t like the way the question is framed. We’re not really sure what category we fit into, and we’re okay with that. Maybe it’s time for some new categories.

Canton, GA