Our Statement of Faith

In essential beliefs - we have unity. Ephesians 4:4-6 

In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty. Romans 14:1,4,12,22 

In all our beliefs - we show charity. I Corinthians 13:2

The Essentials We Believe

 

About God 

We believe in one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God the Father is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. We believe that He is limitless in power, knowledge, wisdom, love, and holiness. We also believe that He has revealed himself as the Father of the redeemed. Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 6:9; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

About Jesus Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the second person of the Trinity and is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heavens glory where He sits at the right hand of the Father. He will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-18; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9- 11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15 

 

About The Holy Spirit 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make each person aware of his or her need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift or gifts when he or she is saved. At Avalon Church we believe that all of the gifts of the Spirit are alive and active today. When a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit, he or she has great power and authority for Christian living. The Holy Spirit gives power for faith, deliverance, freedom, supply, and healing. As Christians, we seek to live under His control every day. John 14:16-18; John 16:8,13; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 

 

About Human Beings 

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, all people are totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by their own efforts. Genesis 1:26-30; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; Isaiah 6:5; 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18; 3:23; 5:6; 12; 19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18; 29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; Ephesians 2:1-22 

 

About Salvation 

We believe that salvation is a gift from God to all who believe in Jesus Christ by faith. No one can ever make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross as Gods offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; Romans 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:1, 8-10; Galatians 3:26; 5:22-25; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Rev 3:20; 21:1 to 22:5 

 

About Eternal Security 

We believe that because God gives people eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5 

 

About Eternity 

We believe that people were created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to live in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. Matthew 19:28; 24; 25:31-46; Mark 8:38; Luke 16:19-26; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31 Romans 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelation 20:15

 

About the Bible 

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to all people. We believe God verbally inspired it and it is inerrant in the original writings and that it is the supreme, final, and infallible authority in doctrine and practice. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is absolute truth without any mixture of error. Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:11, 89, 105, 140, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1: 13, 3:16-1 7; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21 

 

About the Church 

We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The members are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world, to make disciples, to serve Jesus by using one’s gifts to serve and help others, to fellowship by coming alongside of each other, to worship together, and to fulfill God’s mission on the earth until the church is united together as the Bride of Christ. Matthew 16:15-19; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:8-11; 21; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Revelation 2-3

 

About Church Government 

We believe that the terms “elder”, “bishop”, and “pastor” are synonymous in Scripture. The Bible does not dictate a single style of church leadership as the only way to govern. It does, however, present a picture of servant-leadership roles in the church. In many instances in the New Testament churches were led by a plurality of pastors. A lead pastor or senior pastor, who is the chief overseer, leads Avalon Church. He is a servant leader who provides direction for the whole church. A team of elders oversees and protects the church and supports the pastor. A team of godly men and women serve as staff and deacons. They serve the church and help equip the members to do ministry. I Pet 5:1-2; Acts 14:20; Phil 1:1; I Tim 5:17 

 

About Human Sexuality 

We believe that God's design for human sexuality is the marriage of one woman to one man. All sexual practices outside of God's plan are sinful. Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-24; Romans 1:18-32