Advent is a Gospel-centered church, with a “living, daring confidence in God’s grace” (Martin Luther) evident in any of our programs and ministries. Holding to what the Letter of Jude calls “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”, this Gospel focus finds the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus ever and only at the center. The most comprehensive summation of our traditional Anglican doctrine is found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion.
And what are the “fruits” of that theology?
A Heart for the Gospel:
When we say we have a heart for the Gospel, we mean that we are passionate about lifting Jesus up in his life, death, and resurrection. Only Jesus has the power to change the heart of a sinner.
A Heart for those who have not heard the Gospel:
There are still people in the world (even in Birmingham) who have never heard the Gospel. In obedience to Christ, and with a compassion for others, we (who are consciously aware of our own sinfulness), put forth this message of Christ’s love for those who have never heard.
A Heart for those who have been burned by the Church:
Many in our culture have had an experience with the Church that has turned them away from the faith. A majority of those who sociologists call “Nones” – those who claim no religious affiliation – say they grew up in the Church. Jesus has a particular love for those burned by the Church.
A Heart for the city of Birmingham:
The Advent has been a presence in Birmingham from its very beginning. We are a vibrant congregation full of talented and creative believers in the Lord Jesus. We have always sought to bring the transforming power of grace to those in need around us, but we have also worked to bless the city through the arts, historical preservation, and community involvement. The Gospel touches all areas of life and we have a heart for the city that God has called us to minister to.
…In all of these things we pray that Jesus Christ is glorified and that he might use us in Birmingham and beyond.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)