About

Values

 

Grace. Community. Renewal.

 

GRACE

WORD    The Bible is God’s story of his work of redeeming, renewing and restoring all things, which culminated in the work of Jesus Christ. Our Sunday gathering is committed to passionate, intelligent, gospel-centered teaching.

WORSHIP    Worship is active as we glorify God by singing and speaking God’s truths about him back to him. Worship is passive as we experience the grace and power of God. We seek to create a Sunday worship environment of joyful expression and reverent awe through singing gospel-centered songs, baptism, and weekly communion.

The goal in both word and worship is to celebrate, communicate, and experience God’s grace together.

 

COMMUNITY

God takes pleasure in reconciling all things back to himself. This includes broken race relations, socio-economic barriers, and general apathy toward neighbors like us. We want the real life of our church to be more than just Sundays. We desire for the life of the church to be day to day, home to home, life on life shaped around celebration and conversations.

CELEBRATION    We desire to practice hospitality not just with one another, but with any that welcome our friendship — spiritual seekers and spiritual misfits, the downtrodden and those considered hopelessly lost. There is something to celebrate every day, and we desire to break bread and share stories with glad and thankful hearts.

CONVERSATION    Authentic life and authentic relationships include sharing, laughing, and crying together. In doing life together, there will be times where we have to confess or lovingly confront each other with truth about sin, lack of belief, or inability to massage and apply the Gospel into areas of our lives.

 

RENEWAL

Renewal involves the recovery of Biblical purposes for family-building, work, and stewardship. In a fallen world, the work of renewal also involves helping to alleviate the affects of sin in the world. This means that we join God not only in the renewal of human souls but the renewal of broken systems.

JUSTICE    Our heart posture toward our community will be focused on working for justice for the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and disenfranchised, as well as those whose lives are characterized by severely limited opportunities and resources.

CREATIVITY    Frederick Buechner is well-known for saying, “The place God calls you is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” We desire to be a church that helps people discover their calling and be released back to the public square to both cultivate and create cultural goods in a way that image God well. Our goal is to use our cultural influence, ability, and capital to help East Lake and metro Atlanta to look as close to the city to come on this side of eternity.

At the center of all we do is not a place, or a project,

but a person: Jesus.