Our beliefs and hopes are best articulated through the ancient creeds drafted and adopted by the historic church.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Growing In The Ways of Jesus
The thing we're aiming for here at Atlanta Christian Church is to be a people growing in the ways of Jesus, that we might resemble his grace and mercy in our relationships, in our faith, and in the ways we serve those in need. In the Bible, the two most profound loves mentioned are the love for God and the love for neighbor. That's a nice summary of what we're aiming to do as a parish family.
The word "worship" in the Hebrew language has to do with a posture of humility towards God. Put another way, worship is the act of removing ourselves from the center, and allowing God to inform our lives, both privately, and as a parish community. We work to foster environments of worship through Sunday Services and monthly Evensong Worship & Prayer Nights.
Loneliness and isolation are realities God seeks to counter through community. In the Bible, we are shown that we have been made to flourish and grow inside safe and authentic friendships. We work to create environments that foster meaningful community through: Neighborhood Dinners, Small Groups, Social Gatherings, and Retreats.
The word disciple is the most used term in the Bible to describe a follower of Jesus. The word itself means learner, student, an apprentice. Faith is something we pick up, like a trade. It takes time, intention, and patience. Sometimes we go forward, sometimes backwards. Either way, growth is a lifelong journey. We work to create environments that foster growth through Short-Term Classes, Lunch & Learns, The Daily Office, and Mentoring Groups.
The mandate to serve others is embedded in the whole of the Biblical story, most clearly in the command to "love your neighbor as yourself." We are called to seek out ways to serve the needs of others and to leverage our resources for the common good. We work to create opportunities for service through Volunteer Serving Teams, and Serve The City Sundays (every fifth Sunday).