Covenant of Grace is a church plant ministering to the North Atlanta suburbs of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.
Unto this catholic and visible Church, Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world; and doth by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto.
Westminster Confession of Faith, XXV:3
What is the vision for this church?
The Church of Jesus Christ exists for the gathering and perfecting of the saints.
The Church of Jesus Christ exists for the...saints.
This historic statement sets forth two requirements:
The church must proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and attractively in its community for the purpose of gathering those Jesus calls to himself.
The church must work unto the perfecting of the saints. This work is not complete until Jesus returns in glory and finally makes his people perfect. And still the church must lead its people in growth by grace. The preaching, teaching, worship, and fellowship must be action-oriented so that the people of God are challenged to work out their faith with fear and trembling and to actively love God and neighbor.
What denomination is this church?
We are currently organized as an independent Presbyterian congregation. The decision to remain independent in the early years of church development was made after receiving counsel and input from pastors and leaders in the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) and ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian) denominations. Our theology aligns with NAPARC member denominations and we have close relationships with several congregations whose elders and pastors provide us with guidance, counsel, and assistance. Our session keeps up with the happenings in those denominations and is taking a "wait and see" approach until a choice becomes clear.