Mission, Vision, Beliefs

Our Mission

Our mission is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating Gospel through word and deed while encouraging, empowering and enabling the people of God through programs of: seeking out and saving the lost, and serving the needy, preaching the gospel, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, cheering the fallen, clothing the naked, providing jobs for the jobless, administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums, and mental institutions, and senior citizen's homes, caring for the sick and shut-in, mentally and socially disturbed, and encouraging thrift and economic advancement. 

Our Vision

As a Christ-centered, people-oriented, word-teaching church, the vision of Grady-Madison AME Church is to glorify God through praise and worship, empower leaders through Christian discipleship, and make a positive impact in our community and the world.

What We Believe

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead, He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen. (The Apostle's Creed)

Our Beliefs

The Motto “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.

Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine, polity and order of worship. It was born, through adversity, of the Methodist Episcopal Church (forerunner of the modern-day United Methodist Church) and to this day does not differ in any major way from what all Methodists believe. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Episcopal Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man’s intolerance of his fellow man, based on the color of his skin. It was a time of slavery, oppression and the dehumanization of people of African descent and many of these un-Christian practices were brought into the church, forcing Richard Allen and a group of fellow worshippers of color to form a splinter denomination of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles’ Creed and The 25 Articles of Religion.

 

THE TWENTY-FIVE ARTICLES OF RELIGION:

WE BELIEVE in a God who is infinite and eternal, omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful) and omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), who has been manifested and revealed in Jesus Christ and still lives among us as the Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the final and fullest revelation of God and that He is both fully human and fully divine (Heb. 1:1-3).

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (I Tim. 1:15) and that having conquered death he now reigns as Lord of all (Rev. 11:15).

WE BELIEVE that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9).

WE BELIEVE that Jesus died for our sins (I Cor. 15:3) not because He had to, but because He loves us and that each of us is important, really important, in the eyes and in the heart of God (Jn. 15:13).

WE BELIEVE that once we confess Jesus as Lord, the Holy Spirit becomes a permanent presence in our lives (Jn. 14:16-17).

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit fills (Eph. 5:16) anoints (Luke 4:18) empowers (Acts 1:6) and bestows gifts upon us (I Cor. 12:4-6) to equip the saints for ministry, to edify the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12) and set the captives free (Luke 4:18).

WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the inspired word of God written by fallible human beings who were under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that it contains all things necessary for salvation (II Tim. 3:14-17).

WE BELIEVE that the Lordship of Jesus Christ mandates that we tithe, which means giving 10 percent of our gross income to the church, and that the failure to tithe is flagrant disobedience to the word of God (Mal. 3:8-10).

WE BELIEVE that because Jesus was resurrected from the dead, we too, shall live eternally in a body that is immortal and incorruptible (II Cor. 15:20-23).

WE BELIEVE that according to God’s Word and promise, Jesus is coming back in glory and that we shall live with Him forever (I Thes. 4:13-18).

WE BELIEVE that until the time of Christ’s return or our departure, God wants us to grow and grow and keep on growing until we reach full maturity as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

OUR DENOMINATION

Our Mission is rooted in the foundation laid by Bishop Richard Allen, who in the City of Philadelphia in 1787 founded and started the movement that later became the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The AME Church was an ecumenical group of ministers, abolitionists and missionaries.  Rev. Richard Allen, a free African American, living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the founder of the AME Church.  Although one of the first African Americans ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a minister, Rev. Allen was a man of courage and indestructible passionate faith. Equipped with these two spiritual weapons, he could not be beaten.  When he and others were denied the freedom to kneel at the altar for prayer during one Sunday worship serice  in Saint George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787, Rev. Allen, Absalom Jones and others politely walked out and later founded the AME Church.

In April 1876, representatives of all African societies met in Philadelphia and formed a church organization under the title of “African Methodist Episcopal Church”.  They adopted the policy and doctrine of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Richard Allen was elected and consecrated as the first Bishop.  The AME Church established its motto of “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, Man Our Brother,” set its sail upon the sea of time and began its expansion and influence across the world.

From 1843 until this very moment, the African Methodist Episcopal Church continues to seek out and save the lost, and serve those who are in distress through a continuing program of (1) preaching the gospel, (2) feeding the hungry, (3) clothing the naked, (4) housing the homeless, (5) cheering the fallen, (6) providing jobs for the jobless, (7) administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental institutions, senior citizens’ homes; caring for the sick, the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed, and (8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It was unique in that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western World that had its origin over sociological and theological beliefs and differences. It rejected the negative theological interpretations which rendered persons of African descent second class citizens. Theirs was a theological declaration that God is God all the time and for everybody. The church was born in protest against slavery—against dehumanization of African people.

 

 

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