Our Beliefs

Making God Famous • Loving God & Our Neighbors • Being Real & Relevant

The Bible

The Bible is God’s written message to humanity which has been sovereignly preserved through the centuries. The human authors were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit so that what was written was the very Word of God. Because it is inspired by God, it is true and trustworthy without any mixture of error, and it has the power to transform lives. Therefore, it is the supreme source of authority for Christian belief and behavior. The Scriptures provide help and hope to mankind.

2Timothy 3:16, 2Peter 1:20-21, 2Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6.

God

There is one true and living God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. He is indescribably awesome in holiness and worthy of all possible obedience, honor and love.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, Genesis 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the virgin born Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a completely sinless human life in thought and deed. Jesus voluntarily offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice by dying for the sins of all people who will trust in Him for salvation.

Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, John 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1Timothy 6: 14-15.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their 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. The true Christ follower seeks to live under His control daily. Evidence of the fullness of The Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is boldness to witness for Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18, Acts 1:8.

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can man be saved from the penalty of sin. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

John 3:16-18 Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, John 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1.

Man

Man is the supreme object of God’s creation. Made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Man was created sinless but voluntarily chose to disobey God and forfeited his state of innocence. As a result of the original sin all people are now born with a sin nature and therefore separated from God.

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Isaiah 59:1-2, Romans 3:2.

Satan

Satan is a distinct and literal personality. He is the unholy god of this age, the prince of the power of the air, the author of all the powers of darkness and sin. He is destined for eternal justice in the lake of fire, prepared for him, his angels and unbelievers of the ages.

1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 20:10.

Eternal Security

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that 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, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5.

Last Things

Jesus Christ Himself will rapture His church from the earth before the great tribulation. During the seven years of tribulation, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world, at this same time Christians will be rewarded according to their works. At the end of the tribulation Christ will establish His kingdom on the earth and Satan will be abolished for a thousand years, after which time those that have rejected Christ will be consigned to hell and believers will enter the eternal state of glory with God.

1 Thessalonians 4:16, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Matthew 25:31, Revelation 19 11-16, Revelation 20:10-15, Revelation 21.

The Church

The Church is a local group of baptized believers who share a common faith in Jesus Christ, commitment to the Scriptures, and follow Christ’s commission to make disciples throughout the entire world. Church members are to model the life of Christ and as such are to live holy lives. Church members also care for one another, and are to support the church with their time, talent and treasures. The two offices of the church are the pastor / teacher and servant / caregivers. Though the church utilizes these two offices, all members have equal access to God and are gifted to serve Him as ministers. The leaders of the church are to model the servant leadership of Jesus Christ. The church is a self-governing autonomous body, operating through both the representative and democratic process under the headship of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:41, 47, Mathew 28:19-20, 1 Timothy 3:15, Philippians 1.

Marriage

Marriage is a sacred union described by Scripture as being between one man and one woman.

Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:1-7, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Ephesians 5:31-33.

Our Values

In all that we do, we at Avalon Church seek to faithfully pursue the following core values as means to glorify God

Biblical Authority

We value Biblical Authority. God speaks to us through the Bible and we recognize it as the ultimate standard for our lives. The Bible is the lens through which we view our relationships, circumstances and decisions; it is taught without compromise.

Culture of Grace

We value a Culture of Grace. We extend to all people the unmerited love, acceptance and forgiveness that we ourselves have received from God through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We seek to model Jesus Christ who was full of grace and truth.

Integrity

We value Integrity. We believe church leaders should be men and women who demonstrate and model integrity and transparency in their personal and spiritual lives.

• We are aspiring for the effective development of Servant Leaders who pursue excellence in ministry, creating an environment of character and top-down accountability throughout the entire church.

Unity

We value Unity. The Church is intended to have a spirit of unity so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify God. We strive for this unity and stand firmly against divisiveness.

• We are aspiring for Service According to Giftedness. We believe a church should operate as a unified community of servants, men and women exercising their spiritual and ministry gifts for the common good.

Spiritual Connection

We value Spiritual Connection with God. We gather regularly to worship God in ways that engage the heart, mind, soul and strength of people.

• We are aspiring for Transformational Living that moves beyond encounters with God to moment by moment connection with Him as demonstrated by lifestyles of prayer, worship and holiness.

Authentic Community

We value Authentic Community. We encourage people to grow in their walks with God and one another in the context of a safe, affirming, genuine environment. Honest, caring and encouraging relationships within the church foster mutual accountability and lead to maturity in Christ for all.

• We are aspiring for Mission Minded Living. We want our daily lives to be intentional and purposeful as we actively share God’s love, grace and truth with those in our spheres of influence, in our neighborhoods and in the world.

Children

We value Children. The Lord Jesus assigned special significance to children and we honor His love for children by loving His children.

• We are aspiring for Strong Families that are equipped and nurtured to pass on the legacy of faith, biblical truth, knowledge and wisdom from generation to generation.