Core Passions

The Gospel is our core passion, and the source from which all of our other passions and ministries flow.

The Gospel changes everything. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel…” (Romans 1:16)

We are passionate about the authority of the Scriptures and teaching and applying God’s word in clear and understandable ways.

The Bible is the source of our spirituality. “These are the scriptures that testify about me [Jesus].” (John 5:39; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Our passion is to both reach the lost and build up God’s family with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel transforms people from the inside out.  Thus, evangelism and discipleship are central to all we do.  The gospel not only saves us, it also remakes us to be more and more like Christ.  Witnessing to the lost and equipping God’s family with the gospel are natural responses to experiencing God’s outrageous grace. The greatest lie we can believe is that someone cannot change.  We at Refuge Church refuse to edit anyone and everyone out of God’s story of transforming grace.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke; Acts 1:8; Rom. 9:1-5; 1 Cor. 9:19-26; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Cor. 5:14; 2 Cor. 12:15; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Thess. 2:7-8)

Our passion is to do justice – to care for the vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed – out of merciful love.

God commands us, Jesus compels us, and the Spirit empowers us to put off grumbling and to step into mercy and pursue justice.  A life with Jesus leads to a life of mercy and justice toward others, so much so, that we meet the needs of others in word and deed, with all the speed, eagerness, the energy, and the joy with which we meet our own.   (Lev 19:18; Lev. 25; Psalm 41:1; Prov. 14:31,19:17; Isa. 1:10-17; Micah 6:8; Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-37; 2 Cor. 8:9; James 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17-18)

We are passionate about living life as God meant for it to be lived, in community with others.  It is within community that we grow in Christlikeness, live on mission, and care for one another with the gospel.

We are created for community (Gen. 2:18), however, sin distorts and destroys community and leads to our isolation from God and others (Gen. 3:7-13).  The gospel restores and renews our relationship with God and others (John 17:20-26; Acts 2:38-47; 1 Peter 2:9-12).

We are passionate about pursuing racial and ethnic harmony and growing toward a biblical community that reflects the racial, socioeconomic and generational diversity of our neighborhood and city.

The gospel reconciles us to God and to each other across all racial, cultural, social, and economic barriers. The gospel takes enemies and makes them friends, it kills hostility and brings peace.  Our relationship with God and with others is now marked by peace, love, forgiveness, acceptance, nearness, and family.  (Rom. 5:1-11; 2 Cor. 5:11-21; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:11-22; Col. 1:15-20; 1 Peter 3:18).

We are passionate about planting new churches both locally (Atlanta), and globally (world) in order to reach our city and the world with the gospel.

Multiplication starts with the heart of God and is empowered by God.  Multiplying is commanded by God and the most crucial and effective way to reach Atlanta and the world with the gospel.   (Gen. 1:28; Genesis 12:1-3, 17:2; Exodus 1:12-13; Hab. 2:14; Matt. 9:37-38; Matt. 13:23; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 6:7, 9:31, 16:5, 19:10; Eph. 4:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:2; Rev. 7:9)