Our Message, Model & Roots
What Drives Us
We believe that God has revealed Himself to us in three ways: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the scriptures are inspired by God, written by
men and reveal God’s will in everything necessary for salvation. Furthermore, the Bible cannot speak through silence. Therefore, anything we teach must come directly from scripture.
We are all born into sin. Jesus is the only person who ever lived without sin. Sin is best described as the condition of a person’s relationship to God. A sin relationship is where we as humans stray from God’s known and revealed purpose: to bring honor and glory to Him! The Bible clearly states that we earn death (total separation from God’s Spirit) with our sin, that is, an eternal hell.
We believe from the beginning, God had a plan to save us from our own sin. God sent His Son, Jesus, into this world to live among us for a time, lead by example and die on a cross, rising from the dead three days later. By this defeat of death, He can offer us eternal life and citizenship in the kingdom of Heaven through the forgiveness of our sins. He offers this as a free gift of a new life for those who own up to their sin, acknowledge Him as Savior and ask for forgiveness. This gift is given by grace through faith because eternity in heaven could never be earned or deserved in any way. It is also possible to know that you have been saved by your faith because the Spirit of God will testify it in many ways. God wants to give you this assurance through the spiritual growth you will witness in your own life and the presence of God in the form of His Spirit.
God made mankind for relationship. God did not build us merely to serve Him, but in such a way that we would have the choice to choose Him as companion and Lord. God does not make us what we are or choose for us where we will spend eternity. Our choices do.
How We Do Things Around Here
At East Ave Church, everything we do is about Jesus—and the only way to get to know Jesus is to understand what the Bible says about him, which also includes what he said about himself. So, our weekend messages tend to walk through books of the Bible, and delve into the history and how that applies to us today. Sometimes the passages are about marriage and sometimes they are about forgiveness, grace, charity or love – but it is always seen through the lens of Jesus.
The Heart of What We Do Here
Our mission is simple – to Connect with God, Connect with Others, and to Serve All. We believe that how we live out our relationship with God is important, and that God created us to live in community and serve those around us. Reflecting your friendship with Jesus in a tangible way is amazing!
The Bigger Picture
We are a part of a group known as the Nazarenes. The Church of the Nazarene is a world-wide organization in well over 160 countries. We seek to bring the presence of God to local communities around the globe though things like clean water, medical clinics, agriculture instruction, soup kitchens and orphanages. Through these actions the message of God is lived out loud. Today you worship along side more than 1.5 million in hundreds of languages on six continents.