Athens Community Church
of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
In the late 1800's, A.B. Simpson heard a clear call from the Lord to break the trend of traditional church purposes and programs to focus on bringing the Good News of the Gospel to those who have never heard. As he made life changes to align his life with God's purposes and plans he surrounded himself with others who shared this same passion and purpose.
While his plans to share the Good News with the world didn't include the inception of a new denomination, the number of those who shared his purpose and calling continued to grow until that is what they had become. This relatively small group of Christians and churches were able to have a huge impact on the world through this united purpose.
Click here for more information on the history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Since its inception, C&MA has had a significant impact on the spreading of the Gospel message throughout the world. Currently there are far more C&MA ministries OUTSIDE of the United States than there are within the States, evidence of the effectiveness of their work.
The C&MA has a great balance between local ministries and world-wide ministries. Our focus locally is to develop healthy, Great-Commission churches who are developing mature disciples of Christ and bringing the Light of Jesus Christ to a dark world.
ACC is Part of the Central District of the C&MA
The Central District of the C&MA is compromised of about 80 churches in the eastern half of Ohio and all of West Virgina who are passionately pursuing Jesus Christ and compelling others to do the same.
Their motto is: Every person, every pastor, aggressively and intentionally advancing the Kingdom.
Click on their banner above to go to the Central District Website. There you can gain more information on their passion, their leadership, other district churches, read the monthly newsletter, and gain other resources.
The Fourfold Gospel
One of the foundational doctrines of the C&MA is the Fourfold Gospel: the balance between experiencing Jesus Christ as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.
The Cross: Christ Our Savior
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). We believe Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures... that we are redeemed through His precious blood, justified by His death and Resurrection, made righteous through His righteousness, and accepted in His name.
The Laver: Christ Our Sanctifier
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3). Holiness is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself - so dwelling in our hearts and so walking in our steps that we shall live like Him. This can never be in a sense that will minister to our own pride or self-sufficiency, for before we can receive it, we must come to the end of ourselves and never become self-sufficient apart from Christ alone. Note: The laver symbol represents a vessel used in the temple of the Old Testament. The priest used it to wash his feet before entering the Holy Place. It signifies the daily cleansing from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Pitcher: Christ Our Healer
"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up" (James 5:15). The Lord Jesus has purchased and provided for His believing and obedient children physical strength, life, and healing as freely as the spiritual blessings of the gospel. He took up our infirmities as well as our sins, and from His risen life and living touch, our faith may draw health and strength until our life work is done. Note: This symbol represents a pitcher containing oil to anoint the sick for healing that comes through obedience to God's Word.
The Crown: Christ Our Coming King
"You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Mark 14:62). The Lord Jesus is coming personally to this earth again. It is not a mere spiritual coming, either at death or in a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit, or in the spread of the gospel throughout the world; but it is the coming of the Lord Himself as literally and personally as when He went away.
The Globe: Completing Christ's Commission
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). The globe adds a new dimension to the long-familiar official logo of the C&MA. The four Christ-centered symbols speak of God's gift of love to all peoples of every generation. They represent what Christ gives of Himself to His people so that He may present them to the Father without fault and with great joy. Now we give because He gave. The globe represents our mission in the world. "Freely you have received, freely give," the Lord urged His followers as He sent them to spread the Good News throughout the land. That appeal from His heart to ours will continue until the gospel, through the efforts of His Church, has reached all peoples, and He comes again.
Click here to go to the Christian and Missionary Alliance website.