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Avenue Road Statement of Faith

 

We believe that we, as a body of believers, are called to glorify God and edify others.

We believe that Jesus, through his death and resurrection, offers reconciliation with God and life that is both abundant and eternal.

We believe that it is by grace, and through Jesus Christ, that one is made right with God.

We believe that the gift of salvation is received through repentance and in faith, as one turns from self and receives Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Saviour.

We believe that every follower of Jesus Christ is called to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God that reveals life-giving knowledge about God and the way in which we are called to Serve Him.

We believe that, as followers of Christ, we are called to live a lifestyle that is in accordance to the Word of God.

We believe that every believer is called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed, with integrity and in love.

We believe that, even though sin is part of the human journey, we are created in God's image, and that all people are to be treated with dignity, respect and love.

We believe that every member has been given at least one spiritual gift and is called to share his/her gift.

We believe that every member is called to offer emotional, financial, and prayerful support, for the furtherance of the Kingdom and the glory of God.

We believe that the church, as a community of faith, is called to seek and sustain unity in Christ as we seek to uphold our corporate values and goals, and as we fulfill the vision that God has established for the church.

We believe that relevant, meaningful, and God-oriented worship, is essential in the life of the individual and the faith community.

We believe that the church, as the body of Christ, offers a unique corporate experience of God.

We believe in our distinctive denominational roots, which include: the ordinances of the Lord's Supper and believer's baptism, the separation of church and state, the priesthood of all believers, and the autonomy of the local church. We believe that prayer is to be an integral part of one's faith journey as one nurtures his/her growing relationship with God.

We believe that the Church is called to illuminate hope as we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the church is called to create and sustain a nurturing environment that will enable its members to grow in the likeness of Christ and equip them for faithful service.

We, as a community of faith, covenant to uphold and live by these beliefs as we seek to serve the Lord and extend the Kingdom of God.   - Top

 

 

Our Beliefs: 8 Baptist Distinctives

Easily identify our beliefs with the acrostic:  BAPTISTS

 

B Biblical Authority: 

The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith, which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture, do not carry Scripture's inherent authority.  2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20,21

 

A Autonomy of the Local Church:

The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church's beliefs or practices. Autonomy does not mean isolation. A Baptist church may fellowship with other churches around mutual interests and in an associational tie, but a Baptist church cannot be a "member" of any other body.  Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 19, 23

 

P Priesthood of All Believers:

"Priest" is defined as "one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God." Every believer today is a priest of God and may enter into His presence in prayer directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No other mediator is needed between God and people. As priests, we can study God's Word, pray for others, and offer spiritual worship to God. We all have equal access to God--whether we are a preacher or not.  1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 5:9, 10

 

T Two Ordinances:   Believer's Baptism & The Lord's Supper:

The local church should practice two ordinances:
(1) Believer's Baptism by immersion in water, identifying the individual with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
(2) The Lord's Supper, or communion, commemorating His death for our sins. 
Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

 

I Individual Soul Liberty:

Every individual, whether a believer or an unbeliever, has the liberty to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm. No one should be forced to assent to any belief against his will. Baptists have always opposed religious persecution. However, this liberty does not exempt one from responsibility to the Word of God or from accountability to God Himself.  Romans 14:5,12; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9

 

S Saved Church Membership:

Local church membership is restricted to individuals who give a believable testimony of personal faith in Christ and have publicly identified themselves with Him in believer's baptism. When the members of a local church are believers, a oneness in Christ exists, and the members can endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3

 

T Two Offices:   Pastor & Deacon:

The Bible mandates only two offices in the church--pastor and deacon. The three terms--"pastor," "elder," and "bishop," or "overseer"--all refer to the same office. The two offices of pastor and deacon exist within the local church, not as a hierarchy outside or over the local church.  1 Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 20:17-38; Philippians 1:1

 

S Separation of Church & State:

God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation. The government's purposes are outlined in Romans 13:1-7 and the church's purposes in Matthew 28:19 and 20. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. Christians in a free society can properly influence government toward righteousness, which is not the same as a denomination or group of churches controlling the government.
Matthew 22:15-22;
Acts 15:17-29        -Top

 

 

Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision:

As the people of Avenue Road Baptist Church, we exist to declare the reign of God in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, living God's love:

  • in word,

  • in worship

  • in service

  • in community

In 3 years, we will be a multi-generational congregation equipped to carry out our mission statement:

  • Ministry done by the congregation

  • Multi-generational services

  • Multi-generational missions, outreach and programs

  • A fully adapted and utilized church building

  • A financially stable church

 

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"The Bible makes abundantly clear, again and again ... that God uses the most messed-up, flawed, not-good-enough
people to do His will ... , because messed-up, flawed, not-good-enough people are all He has to choose from."

... Ruth Soukup