WHAT IS ACC?
If you’ve ever wondered, “What exactly is ACC, and how did it come to be?” … watch this!
In this clip pulled from a longer conversation in one of our “Welcome to Church” lunches, our Lead Pastor, Miles Fidell, sketches a brief outline of how ACC came to be, highlights our core values, and answers the most common questions regarding who we are as a church.
Miles Fidell is the Lead Pastor of Auburn Community Church. From a young age, God gave Miles a vision of church that was not content to settle into half-hearted, lukewarm, cultural Christianity. After graduating from Kennesaw State University, Miles studied at Reformed Theological Seminary and married Courtney as they began their ministry together in metro Atlanta. In 2014, Miles and Courtney moved to Auburn to start ACC with a group of families committed to doing church in a unique way. Since then, Miles and Courtney have welcomed three daughters, Anniston, Elliott, and Mercy Jane. ACC has grown into a thriving, multigenerational church impacting students and families in Auburn and around the world. Miles’ greatest passion is seeing people treasure Jesus Christ above every other option for their lives because, as he says often, “JESUS WINS!”
COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY PASTOR
COMMUNITY GROUPS DIRECTOR
MINISTRY SERVICES DIRECTOR
Auburn Community Church relentlessly reaches out to people who are far from God by revealing the grace of God available through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We also aggressively seek to strengthen those who already know God by mobilizing them to action in their faith. Although our approach is not traditional, we believe in and maintain a conservative theological position. We believe that through the sacrificial death and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are transformed, healed, and reconciled to a right relationship with God. It is our joy to share this news with the world.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us in all that it teaches. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God–breathed. What the Bible says, God says. What the Bible implies, God implies.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17; 2 PETER 1:20-21; MATTHEW 5:18; 22:29-33; JOHN 16:12-13
We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. There is one true Holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and equally possess all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein.
GENESIS 1:1; 26-27, 3:22; PSALM 90:2; MATTHEW 28:19; 1 PETER 1:2; 2 CORINTHIANS 13:14
We believe Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
ISAIAH 7:14; 53; MATTHEW 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 16:16, 28:5-6; LUKE 22:70, 24:46-47; JOHN 1:1, 14, 10:30, 11:25-27, 17:1-5; ACTS 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56; ROMANS 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 8:1-3, 10:4; 1 CORINTHIANS 8:6; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11; COLOSSIANS 1:15, 2:9; 1 TIMOTHY 2:5-6, 3:16
We believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born–again persons. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control. We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church.
EPHESIANS 1:22-23, 5:25–27; 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12–14; 2 CORINTHIANS 11:2; ACTS 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 TIMOTHY 3:1–3; TITUS 1:5–11; ACTS 13:1–4, 15:19–31, 20:28; ROMANS 16:1, 4; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:9, 16; 5: 4–7, 13; 1 PETER 5:1–4; MATTHEW 28:19-20; ACTS 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23–26
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
EPHESIANS 1:7, 2:8–10; JOHN 1:12; 1 PETER 1:18–19
We believe man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
JOHN 3:16, 36, ROMANS 6:23, 1 JOHN 2:25, 5:11-13, REVELATION 20:15.
We believe The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
GENESIS 1:2; JUDGES 14:6; JOB 26:13; PSALMS 51:11, 139:7; ISAIAH 61:1-3; JOEL 2:28-32; MATTHEW 1:18, 3:16, 4:1, 12:28-32, 28:19; MARK 1:10,12; LUKE 1:35, 4:1,18-19, 11:13, 12:12, 24:49; JOHN 4:24, 14:16-17,26, 15:26, 16:7-14; ACTS 1:8, 2:1-4,38, 4:31, 5:3, 6:3, 7:55, 8:17,39, 10:44, 13:2, 15:28, 16:6, 19:1-6; ROMANS 8:9-11,14-16, 26-27; 1 CORINTHIANS 2:10-14, 3:16, 12:3-11,13; GALATIANS 4:6; EPHESIANS 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:19; 1 TIMOTHY 3:16, 4:1; 2 TIMOTHY 1:14, 3:16; HEBREWS 9:8,14; 2 PETER 1:21; 1 JOHN 4:13; 5:6-7; REVELATION 1:10, 22:17
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
GENESIS 1:26-27; ROMANS 3:22-23, 5:12; EPHESIANS 2:1–3, 12