The Jackson Institute     |     770-518-7994     |         |     P.O. Box 500071     |     Atlanta, Georgia 31150-0071

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About the Jackson Institute

The Jackson Institute is a leadership development organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God. We are committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and offer many venues and resources for those who are seeking satisfying answers to life’s most challenging questions. Through engaging discussions, mentoring relationships, strategic training, lectures, and recommended readings, we seek to foster life transformation in Christ as a passionate response to the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the Cultural Mandate.

The numerous and time-tested resources we recommend include some of the greatest books and literature ever penned to address the deepest longings of the human mind, emotions, and will. For the one who longs to know God and is willing to pursue a deeper understanding of the gospel, a distinctively Christian worldview, and an uncompromising commitment to follow Christ, the promise remains that the one who seeks, finds.

Our philosophy of ministry emerged after years of studying the life of Jesus Christ, who shaped and trained his disciples to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Following His teaching, example, and methods, the Institute offers comprehensive discipleship training, personal spiritual direction, and advanced leadership training.

Encouraging both individual and corporate discipleship, the Institute promotes healthy environments for building godly character, developing practical skills, and imparting objective truth, including small and large group structures.

Agreeing with the late John R.W. Stott that the greatest problem in the church is its superficiality, we believe that the Institute's vision of permeating the kingdom of God with reproducing leaders is best accomplished in and through local churches that not only preach the Word, but are also committed to evangelism and personal discipleship in small group environments that promote prayer, Bible study, the spiritual disciplines, accountability, confidentiality, acceptance, and love – all for the glory of God.

 

PURPOSE

The Institute’s purpose statement answers the question, “Why do we exist?”

To engage all we are for the glory of God.

The first question of the Larger Catechism asks the question, “What is the chief and highest end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him for ever.” A more complete answer to this question is found in Man’s Chief End: God’s Glory by Thomas Watson, a 17th century Puritan pastor and writer.

 

Vision

The Institute’s vision statement answers the question, “What are we trying to accomplish?

To permeate the Kingdom of God with reproducing leaders.

The word “permeate” comes from per, which means through, and meare, meaning to glide, flow, or pass, hence “to pass through” or “to pass into and affect every part of.” It can also mean “to penetrate and spread through.”

In theological terms, the Kingdom of God “means not so much a domain, as a reign; not so much an area over which the king reigns, as the activity of reigning” (Donald Guthrie, New Testament Theology, p. 409). Guthrie maintains that the kingdom “is essentially the sovereign activity of God” (p. 419). In our vision statement, we are affirming that we must embrace the scope of Christ’s vision for the world – “make disciples of all the nations” – and seek to make reproducing disciplemakers in every country where Jesus instructs us to go.

 

Mission

The Institute’s mission statement answers the question, “How do we plan to accomplish our vision?”

The Jackson Institute fulfills its vision by contributing to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God.

Our mission is our commitment to act on our vision. By offering personal mentoring, leadership training, investigative forums, lectures, open discussions, publications, and spiritual direction, we are prayerfully seeking life transformation in those who are passionate about hearing God’s “well done.”

 

Statement of Faith

  1. “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth” (Westminster Catechism).
  2. There is only one living and true God.
  3. God subsists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  4. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the same in substance, and equal in power and glory, yet distinct persons.
  5. God created the world out of nothing in six days and rested on the seventh.
  6. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, was both God and man.
  7. Man is a sinner and justly deserves God's righteous judgment.
  8. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died on a Roman cross to pay the penalty for man's sin. On the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father.
  9. Salvation is granted by God to those who repent of their sins and by faith receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. There is no other way whereby one may be saved.
  10. Those whom God justifies, He also sanctifies and glorifies by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  11. Good works have no power to reconcile a person to God, but are the fruits and evidences of a true saving faith, and can only be performed by walking in the Spirit.
  12. Believers, after death, go into the presence of God in heaven and receive their reward; unbelievers, after death, are judged and will spend all eternity in hell apart from God.
  13. The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments (66 books), is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
  14. The moral law of God is to be faithfully obeyed, thereby demonstrating love for, and gratitude to, Him for His mercy and grace.
  15. God alone is to be worshiped in spirit and in truth.
  16. The Church consists of all true believers who are united to Jesus Christ as their Head and King.
  17. Believers are to join together for mutual edification and encouragement, and have been given spiritual gifts by which to build up one another in the body of Christ.
  18. Christ has instituted two sacraments for His people: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  19. Jesus Christ is coming again in power and glory.
  20. God has appointed a day when He will judge the world. Hence, all people should live their lives for the glory of God and ever be prepared to say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly, Amen.”