At Cornerstone Church, our mission is to display the greatness of Jesus through the everyday lives of His people. We believe that by the community of God consistently and comprehensively displaying the greatness and goodness of God, we will see overwhelming solutions to the areas of need in Southwest Atlanta.
The Gospel changes people and people change the world. There are so many ways to define success. It is very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the demands that are present in our community. That being said, we want to put up guardrails to ensure that we do not fail by succeeding in all of the wrong things.
We believe that God has given the church two primary resources to steward: the Gospel and His people. We want to focus our resources toward making sure that we faithfully and consistently instill the Gospel in everyone that is a part of Cornerstone Church. Everything we do as a church is done under the premise that only the Gospel can truly change people and only through the Gospel will those people be capable of affecting a dying world.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and that the truth within it is without error; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness , and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but voluntarily sinned and fell from that holy and happy state; consequentially, all humanity are born sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
The Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is solely by grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the death, he is now exalted in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin , and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is freely given, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith, his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
Freeness of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Grace in Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, worked in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that its effects may be made clear in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it starts with regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means-especially the Word of God, self- examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
The Perseverance of Saints
We believe that those with genuine faith have one that endures to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the key indicator which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
The Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to completely and perfectly obey its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church.
A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between those in Christ, as children of God, and those who are not; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
The World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
OUR COMMUNITY ENCOMPASSES THE HISTORIC WEST END AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS OF WESTVIEW, ADAIR PARK, OAKLAND CITY, VINE CITY/ENGLISH AVENUE, ASHVIEW HEIGHTS, AND THE ATLANTA UNIVERSITY CENTER.
Established in 1867, The Historic West End is the oldest Atlanta neighborhood – predating the city itself. The district was once considered the crème de le crème of suburban living, housing much of the cities wealthy white-collar professions.
In the late 1800s, Southwest Atlanta became home to several prestigious historically black colleges and universities including Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Morehouse School of Medicine in the late 1900s. These HBCUs are now recognized as the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Pioneers in offering educational opportunities to African Americans, they remain a progressive force in the development of Atlanta’s black community. With notable alumni including the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Alice Walker, and many others, the impact of these institutions is still recognized today throughout the nation.
During the 1970s, Southwest Atlanta experienced white flight, which resulted in our community becoming 86% African American. In the 2000s, the economic recession heavily affected the region with many Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods experiencing blight. Today, these neighborhoods have a population of approximately 50,000 people with a median income of no more than $30,000.00. Despite many challenges, Southwest Atlanta is rich in history, culture, and diversity.
We Believe Cornerstone Church Enriches The Community By Providing An Enduring Hope, Encouraging Disciple-Making, And Offering Gospel-Centered Community Solutions.
The area has seen increased development in recent years, however Southwest Atlanta still carries the stigma of being an economically challenged neighborhood with crime rates higher than the city average. Access to quality education for our children is limited.
“A Spiritual Center” best describes the diversity of faiths and theological confusion that exists in our community. Orthodox Muslims, Black Hebrew Israelites, Rastafarians, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Wiccans, Egyptologists, Seventh Day Adventists, Atheists, and a great many religious expressions all reside in this relatively small area. Christian churches are present, and some have seen great fruit in our neighborhood. We believe Cornerstone Church enriches the community by providing an enduring hope, encouraging disciple-making, and offering Gospel-centered community solutions.