OUR BELIEFS

GOD

The saints at the Avondale church of Christ believe in the God of the Bible. We believe there is no other God besides the God of the Bible (Mark 12:31-32; 1 Corinthians 8:4). Although there is but one divinity, or Godhead (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9), the Godhead is comprised of three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There are not three Gods but rather one God. We use the timeless illustration of an apple. An apple is comprised of three parts, the skin, the fruit, and the core, yet there are not three apples.

GOD THE FATHER

In creation, God the Father was the Great Architect, planner, and purposer (Genesis 1:1, 26; Romans 1:20). In the plan of redemption, God the Father planned man’s salvation (Genesis 3:15; John 3:16).

GOD THE SON

In creation, God the Son, Jesus Christ, was the agent, or contractor through whom creation took place (Genesis 1:26; John 1:1-4, 14; Hebrews 1:1-3). In the plan of redemption, Jesus Christ humbly submitted to God’s plan and vicariously suffered and died to make possible man’s redemption (Matthew 26:26-28, 38-42; Philippians 2:8; Colossians 1:20).

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

In creation, the Holy Spirit was the finisher and organizer of the physical universe (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30). In the plan of redemption, the Holy Spirit revealed and confirmed God’s Word, setting into motion the law of Christ by which we are saved by God’s grace through faithful obedience (Mark 16:16-20; John 14:15-26; 16:13-15; Hebrews 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:7-8). The Holy Spirit does not work directly separate and apart from the Word of God in the areas of conviction, conversion, and sanctification. The Holy Spirit works through teaching (John 6:44-45), the Word of truth (James 1:18-22). He begets us by the Word (1 Peter 1:23). He purifies us by the Word (1 Peter 1:22). He makes us alive by the Word (Psalm 119:50). He cleanses us by the Word (John 15:3). He gives faith by the Word (Romans 10:17). He sanctifies by the Word (John 17:17). He convicts by the Word (Titus 1:9). He saves by the Word (James 1:21). He reconciles to Christ by the Word (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). He makes free by the Word (John 8:32). He converts by the Word (Psalm 19:7). He gives understanding through the Word (Ephesians 3:4). He indwells the Christian the same way the Father and Son indwells (influences) the Christian which is through the Word of God (Ephesians 3:17; Romans 10:17; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16).