“Creekstone Church exists to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel.”
Creekstone Church Exists…
Creekstone is not and never will be a facility of bricks and mortar. Creekstone is a family of rescued and adopted sons and daughters who live life together on mission. We exist for a reason. We have a mission to fulfill, which is to declare the praises of him who has saved us by sheer grace. In fact, from first to last, the Christian life is all grace. It is this grace—this gift—that we now have the privilege of offering to all people of the earth, from Dahlonega to the nations. (1 Pet. 2:9-10; Acts 20:24; Rev. 7:9-10)
To Glorify God…
As with any gift, the giver receives the glory. This is why we believe that God is most glorified where grace is most magnified. Or as the Apostle Paul said, in light of the gospel, we now live our lives “to the praise of God’s glorious grace.” However, we recognize the human tendency towards the pursuit of self-glory. Consequently, we must continually emphasize and magnify the cross of Jesus, so that the Spirit can freshly convict us of our rebellious sin and convince us of his relentless grace, so that our lives may be freshly lived for his glory with our Savior-King as the sole recipient of our worship and praise. (Eph. 1:6)
By Helping People Come Alive…
In every ministry, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, our goal is to help people see, embrace and come alive to the true dimensions of God’s grace in Jesus by magnifying the height, depth, breadth, and width of the love of God in Christ Jesus. We do this formally on Sunday mornings, through K-Groups, in Gracekids, Youth, Discipleship Groups, Creekstone SERVES, our women’s ministry, men’s ministry, etc. We also do this informally simply by living life together in the atmosphere of grace, where over time, with each fresh encounter, this grace becomes the defining truth of our lives, and we begin to come alive to the love of God. (Eph. 3:14-21)
To the Wonder of the Gospel.
If we have yet to be staggered by the wondrous grace implications of the gospel, then it is possible that we have misunderstood the gospel as a form of works based religion. Works based religion says that we are forgiven, accepted and loved because of our obedience and sacrifice. But the gospel says that we are forgiven, accepted and loved because of the obedience and sacrifice (the works) of someone else—Jesus. Therefore, the gospel is a gift, not a reward. When the implications of this revolutionary, transformational reality come home to the human heart, it is as if we have been given eyes to see into a world full of wonder beyond our imagination—that although, in our sin, we are more deserving of condemnation that we would ever dare to admit, at the same time, in Jesus, we are more forgiven, accepted and loved that we could ever dare to dream. He was condemned so that we could be justified. He experienced justice so that we could receive mercy. He endured the Father’s wrath so that we could know the Father’s love. And it is all a gift. This is the wondrous world of grace. (2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9)
OUR MOTTO: “Grace Changes Everything”
There are many facets of grace, and cumulatively, they change everything. For example, there is justifying, or saving, grace, which changes our status with God and influences every relationship we have, from our relationship with God, to our own self-image, to how we relate to a spouse, children, friends, etc. There is adopting grace and sanctifying, or enabling, grace, which speaks of the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit, who produces newness of life in and through us (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc.) as we abide by faith in Jesus as our sin-bearer and righteousness provider. Ultimately, there is glorifying grace, which means that the entire basis of our hope of eternal glory and joy is a gift. Consequently, the Christian condition is, from first to last, all grace—a grace that not only saves us in an eternal sense but also provides new motives and empowerment for following Jesus as Lord as we live as his disciples in the here and now. So, we emphasize and magnify the grace of God because grace changes everything (Gal. 2:19-20; 3:1-5; 5:16, 22-23; Titus 2:11-14). However, we want to be clear. It is not merely the word grace, or the theological concept, that changes everything. Rather, what changes everything is when the wonder of that grace is embraced as a living reality, where we know, without reservation, that through Jesus we are fully forgiven, completely accepted and perfectly loved, now and forever!