Grace Covenant Church exists to proclaim the whole gospel for the whole person through the whole city to the whole world. What do we mean?
God is holy. I am not. Apart from his grace and because of my sin, I deserve to face his justice and eternal punishment in hell. Jesus Christ lived in sinless obedience to God the Father, earning righteousness for me, and suffered the painful and shameful death on the cross, shedding his blood to pay for my sinfulness, as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy God’s justice. (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-10)
The Gospel, then, is a message. It’s something communicated to us, something done for us, not something done by us. Our salvation from sin and deliverance from death has been accomplished by Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God the Father. This is indeed good news.
Because of our sin, we try to insert ourselves, our effort, our work, our obedience, our worth or value into this gospel. We try to claim some amount of credit for our salvation. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about him and his work in our place. It is our intention to be constantly pointing each other to Christ and not to ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:31)
Jesus didn’t set us on the right path in hopes that we could make it on our own after that. Rather, by His grace and the work of the Holy Spirit, we are being conformed more and more into his image, growing in our hatred for our sin, desiring more and more to honor and glorify Christ, not just in our words, but with our bodies and our minds (1 Corinthians 6:20)
The gospel isn’t just about saving your soul, leaving your body to fend for itself. The gospel message isn’t just about you and Jesus. And it’s more than simply a “get out of hell free” card. Faith and trust in Christ alone for salvation impacts how we live, how we treat others, how we work, how we study, how we marry, how we parent, and a whole lot more. It affects our minds, our wills, and our emotions.
Therefore, we will make every effort to bring the gospel to bear in every situation, applying the Bible in our preaching to various needs, challenging one another to grow in grace and to think biblically about every circumstance of life (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 10:5)
At Grace Covenant Church, it’s our hope to reach the entire city of Athens with this message of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We want the gospel to permeate every social class and community group of the town in which we live. It is our commitment not to be a respecter of persons, not to prefer one kind of person to another, whether it be based on race or social status or income or some other manmade division. We would love to see this city turned upside down by the gospel of Christ (Acts 17:6).
At Grace Covenant Church, we want this same gospel message to be proclaimed in every corner of the world. There are missionaries that we support in Italy and Taiwan. We also support the two RUF campus ministries in N. Alabama.
See our Missions Page for more information.