Avon Baptist Church FAQ’s
Q: It seems like there are so many churches out there and each church is different in what they believe about God. What does Avon Baptist teach about God?
A: Each church is different in so many respects. That’s why the best way to learn about a church is to visit. But here are some basic beliefs that we adhere to and teach here at Avon Baptist.
We believe God exists as a trinity and is three persons yet very much one God: the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God the Father – He is the one true God, the creator of all things, the sustainer of all things, in whose image we are created. He is without beginning or end.
Jesus the Son: – The son of God that came into the world to save humankind from their sins through the sacrifice of Himself on the cross.
” FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON,
THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL
LIFE. FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE
WORLD BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM.” JOHN 3: 16 & 17
Jesus is in his nature both God and human, born of a virgin. He lived and was tempted as humans are but he never gave in to those temptations and thus was sinless. He ministered on earth; spreading the good news of God’s kingdom, His Love, His forgiveness, His justice, His goodness and His peace.
God the Holy Spirit – Sent by God the Father after Jesus had ascended into heaven with the promise to return, in order to be a guide and an encourager to those who love God.
Q: What does your church believe about the Bible?
A: The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out our Christian faith. We use the Bible as a guide, as God’s voice manifested by The Holy Spirit, as encouragement, as a reminder of all that God has given to us and all that he wants us to accomplish. We use the Bible as a focal point for our sermons, our Sunday school, our various bible study groups, and even our hymns since most were biblically inspired.
Q: Does your church use only the King James Version of the Bible?
A: No, although we typically use the New Revised Standard Version in worship we encourage people to use any version that they are comfortable with and understand easily. We believe the Bible was intended by God to communicate his truth to people in words they can understand.
Q: What do you believe about a person’s relationship with God?
A: We believe that all persons have direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ without the need of any human mediator. We also believe that all Christians are called to grow in their understanding of and adherence to a Christian lifestyle, to minister to one another, and share the love of God in the world.
Q: How is baptism practiced in your church?
A: We believe that baptism is a matter of personal choice and that it is a public testimony to the individual’s decision to choose Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, individuals need to be of an age when they are able to make that choice for themselves. Once they have made that commitment they will attend a New Believers class which is taught by our pastor to teach the basics of the Christian faith in preparation for baptism.
Q: Since you do not practice infant baptism how can I present my infant before God?
A: We do have a service of dedication for infants and children so that parents can present their child to the church family and acknowledge their intent to raise the child under the teaching of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Q: Communion, Lord’s Supper, Eucharist; every church calls it something different, what is this practice all about?
A: On the first Sunday of each month we share what we call Communion at the Lord’s Table, led by the pastor and deacons. We use bread and grape juice to symbolize the body and blood of Christ which was shed on the cross. By eating and drinking the bread and juice we are reminded of our own commitments of faith to Jesus, and express our personal desire to grow in that faith.
Q: Does your church belong to a denomination?
A: Yes, we are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches – USA and are active within our region of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts but we govern ourselves and are autonomous in nature. As Baptists we do not adhere to the practice of allowing denominational authorities to hand down to local congregations what to believe and how to worship. We believe that there is no human authority over a church except Jesus Christ.
Q: I have other questions which were not answered here, where can I go for more information?
A: You are always welcome to contact the church directly with any questions you might have. The office can be reached by phone at (508)-583-8076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will return your inquiry.