Core Commitments

The Word of God:  God exists and has spoken (Francis Schaeffer, author and Christian apologist).  The Bible is the true record of the mighty acts of God, and bears faithful witness to his nature, commandments, judgments, and saving grace.  We are open to correction and discipline by the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and take comfort in the Lord’s promises (2 Peter 1:4).  Heaven and earth will pass away but the word of the Lord endures forever (Matthew 24:35).

Salvation:  Sin is the willful violation of a known law of God.  Because of sin we are alienated from God and abide under his wrath; but because he loves us and wants to draw near to us, the Father sent his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2), a cleansing to be received by faith (Romans 3:25); and then he sent the Holy Spirit to help true believers walk in love and good works (Ephesians 2:10), which Christ taught both by word and his own living example.

Love:  Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 ESV).  Paul wrote, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 ESV) and “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV).

Growth in Grace:  Together we seek spiritual formation through prayer, loving fellowship, Bible study, faithful service, and a beautiful worship experience.

The Church:  The Church is anywhere that the word of God is faithfully preached and the sacraments duly administered.  Jesus said that where two or three are gathered in his name he is there among them (Matthew 18:20).  The mission of the Church is to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20).

The Sacraments:  There are seven historical sacraments but two are dominical, meaning instituted by the Lord himself: baptism and Holy Communion.  Sacrament means an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.  Sacraments involve the whole of our being in the worship of God, that is, our bodies and senses, which God created and seeks to sanctify.

Politics:  Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).

Sanctity of Life:  Life (and thus personhood) begins at conception.

Marriage and Family:  Marriage is between one man and one woman united for life in Holy Matrimony.

Affiliation:  We belong to the Missionary Diocese of the Holy Spirit, Reformed Anglican Church.  Our bishop is Robert S. Biermann of Sky Valley, GA.

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