After believing the gospel, we spend the rest of our lives seeking to better understand and apply it. The gospel is like a beautiful diamond that sparkles and dazzles continuously as it is turned. In every good sermon the preacher is simply holding up this beautiful jewel for our examination. Just as one never tires of looking at an exquisite diamond, so the true gospel sparkles and dazzles before us. Each look teaches us how precious forgiveness is, and how deeply God loves us as his children. Many of us can testify that we are still getting used to, if not struggling with, the truth that God takes great delight in us, that he alone can quiet us with his love, and that he rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). As our minds understand and our hearts are gripped more and more by this beautiful truth, we witness the power of God's unchanging truth changing us in ways we never dreamed possible.
At APC, we believe and have learned through experience that gospel truth leads to gospel fruit in our lives. The fruit of God working in our lives at times seems faster or slower, depending on many factors. However, we believe that our greatest need is to understand and preach this gospel to ourselves every day. We believe that when the gospel captures our hearts, we are transformed by its power and will inevitably respond with grateful hearts in service to our God and world. We long to taste the beauty of God's grace in such an astonishing way that our city will be drawn to the majesty and mercy of our great God.
We have also discovered that the gospel truth truly lives and breathes in gospel community. We can't do this alone. It has been said that anyone can form a club or organization, but that it takes grace to form a community. We believe that. Gospel community springs up wherever people are discovering and rediscovering the message and the power of the gospel, together. At APC we try to be intentional about community. We think it's helpful to seek out communities of many, of a few, and of two. We all benefit when we work out the truths of the gospel in community.
All of us are on a spiritual journey. Whether you have recently relocated to our area and are looking for a church with a heart for the gospel and people, or you find yourself in the early stages of your spiritual search, we invite you to join us on this journey. We all have so much more to discover!