Who are we?
In many ways we are a cross-section of our community. Folks come to the Avon Grove Church from Chester and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania, from northern Delaware and northeastern Maryland. We are diverse in background, education, culture and ethnicity. Teachers, finance and health care professionals, skilled tradespersons, farmers and stay-at-home moms attend Avon Grove. Families with young children, single parents, young adults, empty nesters, teens and retired folks find fellowship here.
While our differences are interesting, what is most important is what we have in common. We are a growing, vibrant fellowship of people who have found that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ has changed our life!
As a congregation we belong to the Church of the Nazarene ,(http://www.nazarene.org) an international denomination of thousands of churches around the world. This affiliation enables us to reach beyond our community and bring the life-changing message of grace and love to people in every corner of the world. Being"world Christians" is an essential part of who we are.
Why the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene exists...
To love God
A personal relationship with God is why each of us exists, and this relationship is at the center of who we are and defines us as people. The love of God has changed our life, and God is transforming us into the people we were created to be.
To love people
The everyday result of a relationship with a loving God is that we are now able to love ourselves and each other. We were created for loving relationships, and we believe we are called and empowered to show God's love, grace, and peace in every relationship of our lives.
To make disciples of Jesus
As we love one another, we point others to Jesus Christ, and demonstrate through our lives how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Obeying the teachings of Jesus and pointing others toward Christ is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian.
We are part of the historic Church of Jesus Christ
As such we accept the historic and ancient creeds of the Church, such as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed. The latter is stated here:
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
...in one God, the Creator of all things, who reveals himself as Father, Son and Spirit.
...in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully human at the same time, and who became like us to bring about our salvation.
...in the Holy Spirit, who is active in the world, bringing us into relationship with God and empowering us for God's work.
...that the Bible is the Word of God, giving us all we need to know about how to be saved and live in relationship with God and one another.
...that we are all sinners and need God's forgiveness and cleansing.
...that Jesus died on the cross and that, by trusting in his death and resurrection, we can be restored into a right relationship with God.
...that God has enabled us to turn to Him from sin, but does not force us to do so.
...that each person must repent, turn away from sin, and trust Jesus Christ
...that when we turn from sin and trust in Christ, we are born anew and become part of the family of God.
...that after being born anew, we need the fullness of God's Spirit in our lives. In making a full commitment to God, our spirit can be cleansed, filled with perfect love, and we are given the power to live a life pleasing to God.
...that God desires to set us free from the harmful choices, actions and attitudes which can destroy our lives, and that, through the power of God's Holy Spirit, we can be set free to live the life we were created to live.
...that the Church is the Body of Christ, carrying on God's work in the world.
...in baptism and the Lord's Supper.
...that Jesus is coming again.
...that we are called to tell everyone about God's love, grace and plan for their lives.