Avalon: Hometown Church – Worldwide Mission
Making Disciples One Person at a Time
Avalon Church is committed to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to make
disciples one person at a time through prayer and being in the Word and to bear
fruit for the Kingdom of God by loving and caring, preaching and teaching,
witnessing and worshipping, growing spiritually and reaching out to others, all
for the glory of God.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
What do United
Methodists believe about God, the world, and people?
We believe that the one God has come to us in three
persons, in order to be
in relationship to us. God the Father
is the Creator of all things. God the
Son became flesh and blood, lived among us,
and was named Jesus. God the Holy Spirit
gives all who follow Jesus the power to love God and to love the neighbor.
We have broken relationship with this God and with the neighbor, and have
tainted the world with sin. We have wounded ourselves and each other, and
have damaged the natural order. We are in need of salvation from sin.
We believe that God, through the Holy Spirit, is calling to us and going before
us, surrounding us with love, even before we are saved, giving us our very first
wish to please God, and realizing that we have damaged ourselves and others.
We believe that salvation has been brought to us in the person of Jesus.
He brought to earth a love powerful enough to transform us and the damage we
have done. He did so through his life, his teachings, his miracles, his
sacrificial death, his rising from the dead, his victory over death, and his
We believe that the Holy Spirit brings us together as the
practice this new life, to practice the love of God and the neighbor, and to
seek a life that promotes the healing of the world's wounds. As a church,
we do so through praying to God, giving of our resources to help those in need,
and by telling others of this good news.
We believe that no one should ever be turned away from the
mercy and love of God. Therefore, all people may come to this church,
participate in its worship of God, and have a place at the table when the holy
meal called Communion
We believe that as we follow Jesus, we are made more complete in loving God and
neighbor day by day. It is a gift from God that we are able to do so, and
our weaknesses do not limit how deep God's love grows in our lives.
We believe that trust and faith in Jesus is the only thing which will save us.
We also believe that the best evidence of that salvation is in what we do to
care for our neighbor -- those who are poor, who are on the margins, who are in
trouble, who need God's grace.
We believe that our following Jesus is not a private matter; we are to help all
who are in need of God's grace. In most every place, United Methodists
make a difference -- feeding one million hungry children every day, teaching
reading skills, building Habitat for Humanity houses, sheltering abused and
neglected children, and a thousand other ministries.