The mission of the BHI is to be a Spirit-Filled worshipping community that:
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Love of Christ,
Care for the world; Through
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(*Note the Mission of our Church is an acronym for the word REFLECTIVE, because we believe that reflection is foundational for a faith life and for intentional growth.)
The early church devoted themselves “to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42, ESV). This seems to be a reference to a liturgical worship pattern that included the Lord’s Supper and a discipline of prayer. Wherever God’s church has existed throughout the ages, worship and prayer have been integral marks of the community of saints
The early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.” This indicates a high commitment to learning (devoted), a gathered community of learners (themselves), and a defined content to be learned (the apostles’ teaching). The church today must do likewise. In gathered worship and in small groups, formally and informally, by message and by modeling, the church is to help people learn the way of discipleship to Jesus (Matt 28:20a).
Fellowship was something the early Christians “devoted themselves” to. It was not accidental, but intentional. It took effort. The Acts account also shows that there was daily (not just weekly) interaction among the saints, and that they were keenly aware of (and quickly responsive to) each other’s needs. Community was not forced or contrived, but natural and organic. Small groups (house churches) facilitated the development and growth of community among the believers and allowed unbelievers to “look in” on the fellowship of the saints. Deep communal life is essential to a vital, Christ-honoring church.
The early church’s evangelism was markedly different from what many churches have come to view as “normal.” There were daily conversions. There was outreach in both word and deed. The strong community among the saints and the fervor of their love and worship gave them favor among unbelievers. It was not just that personal evangelism was taking place (though certainly that was the case), but also that the communal life of the believers was “on display,” to be seen and marveled at by unbelievers. There was no sacred/secular distinction; all of life was worship.
The early disciples “were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:45). This ministry of compassion began among the Christians, but we know from history that the church also shared with those outside its community. The Roman Emperor Julian noted, “Nothing has so contributed the purpose progress of these Christians as their charity to strangers.” Today’s churches must reclaim mercy-based ministry as a key component of obedience to Jesus (James 1:27) and gospel impact (Matt. 5:16).
The vision of BHI is to be a REFLECTIVE worshipping community presenting ourselves to God to be sent out to serve the world.
- To be an authentic and welcoming community of people rich in the gospel of grace, offering not programs or principles, but the transforming power of Jesus to their peers, their families, their city, and the culture-at-large.
- To see thousands of spiritually distant Atlanta residents coming to love Jesus and His church as church members naturally express the gospel in their relational circles.
- To create compassionate environments whereby people are drawn from impossible situations into a loving and friendly circle of hope, where answers are found and acceptance is given.
- To be a church that exists for the city – a church known for love and good deeds to the glory of God. In the heart of the City, with a HEART for the CITY
- To raise-up and send out church members and college students to plant churches among unreached peoples worldwide, combining the best methods of church and para-church to advance the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Christ.
- To raise of believers that are engaged regularly in gospel-saturated, kingdom-advancing, Spirit-directed prayer.
- To communicate the Gospel message so clear that lives are changed forever and potential is fulfilled through the power of God’s Word.
- To release heartfelt praise and worship that touches Heaven and changes earth; worship which influences the praises of people throughout the earth, exalting Christ with powerful songs of faith and hope.
On the Left hand side of this screen you have been introduced to the 5 purposes of our church. Though all of these purposes are central to our ministry philosophy, BHI finds its unique “niche” as a teaching-worship church.