7675 Vaughn Rd Canton, GA 30115

Core Values

Core Values

We have certain core values at AllPoints that we tenaciously hold to, as listed below, not necessarily in descending order of importance!

We hold that the Christian Canon of Scripture is infallible. Whether considering the “Old Testament” or “New Testament” we believe the Scripture to be infallible and inspired by God. Scripture was given to be our authority in theology (how and what we think about God), personal and communal conduct within the Body of Christ, and how we pattern and establish the values in our lives. Interpretation of Scripture must be consistent with its context and purpose (particularly as it was originally given) but with an expectation that the Holy Spirit speaks through Scripture to us in living power, fully capable of transforming our lives not only for the here-and-now, but also for eternity.

We believe and know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available for use in our present time, as they have always been. Jesus promised to empower every seeking and asking disciple with the Holy Spirit, His gifts and fruits, so that the Body of Christ might be able to carry on the supernatural ministry of Jesus in the world today. We also regretfully acknowledge the more “flashy” gifts have created much division and abuse historically in the Church each time the ground rules are violated. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12, wrote:

Now concerning Pneumatikos (literally, “the things of the Spirit”), I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers and sisters… There are varieties of charisma (divine graces, gifted without merit), but the same Spirit; there are varieties of diakonia (literally, services to others, ministries, ministers), but the same Lord; and there are different distributions to different persons  of energema (power in operation), but it is the same God who energeo (empowers, allows to work) them all in everyone. For to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the sumphero (common good, to bear or carry together for a common end). (MBV–“Modern Banks Version”)

Most abuses of the gifts and graces of the Spirit occur when individuals think they are “special” or “elite” and “better.” The abuse is magnified when others around them let them get away with that silliness, for our God is no respecter of persons. At AllPoints, we strive to work in obedience in whatever gifts the Holy Spirit brings to bear on the circumstances we face at the moment.  The Spirit manifests, the Lord directs, and God empowers. It’s all about Him.

We believe in prayer as our essential connection and communication with God; God established prayer as such and as our fundamental way of bringing His Kingdom’s power and purpose into reality in our world. We believe the blessing and battles of the Kingdom are first won and established in the Spirit through prayer. So we are committed to an ever-growing understanding and discipline of prayer at all levels of ministry and service.

We seek to carry out the “Great Commission” to “go and make disciples.” Making disciples is a lot more involved than enrolling converts. The ultimate thrust of Jesus’ ministry was to seek and save the lost. God’s invitation to rejoin His family is open to everyone, and we are dedicated to showing the heart of the Father to everyone we encounter. We are dedicated individually and corporately to becoming mature and obedient disciples, to using the gifts of the Spirit to bring wholeness, to care for the poor and needy as a matter of practice, to seek unity with other believers, and to pray continually for the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

We are committed to seeing the gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and shepherd/teacher (Ephesians 4:11) operative in the Body of Christ for the equipping and building up of the Body for effective ministry to the world.  If we take 1 Corinthians 12 seriously, every member of AllPoints is a minister under the direction of the Spirit, to expand and build up the common good.

We are committed to relationship. First with Jesus, secondly with each other, finally to the world. We are called to be in the world, but not “of” the world. We are committed to seeking out and developing vital ministries within our congregation, to strategic partnerships with other ministries and churches around the world, and to seek out and support indigenous ministries at home and abroad.