We’re glad you stopped by to inquire about who we are at Washington Avenue Church of God. Here is a short summary of our beliefs:
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, and the final authority for Christians.
We believe in one God, who created the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven where He reigns as the only mediator between God and Man.
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, but because of rebellion and sin is now separated from God. Only those who trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sins can enter into a right relationship with God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts, persuades, teaches, guides, and empowers Christians to live holy and godly lives.
We believe there is only one Church, God’s Church. Those who trust in Christ and follow Him are members of God’s Church, regardless of denominational affiliation. Those who do not trust in Christ and follow Him are not members of God’s Church, even if their name is on a denomination’s membership roll.
We believe that God wants Christians to promote unity and harmony among the denominations.
We believe that being Christian involves more than just believing the right things. Being Christian involves obedience to God’s will in every arena of life. Being Christian means that one’s attitudes, actions, values, and standards should continually be transformed and aligned to the will of Christ. Being Christian means to make disciples of all nations. Being Christian means to take a stand for justice and truth.
We believe that Jesus will return personally and visibly to judge everyone and to establish a new heaven and new earth. Those who trust in Christ will enjoy eternity with Him. Those who reject Christ will be separated from Him for eternity.
Washington Avenue Church of God is affiliated with the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana.
Washington Avenue Church of God, Saint Joseph, Michigan, exists in voluntary association with, a larger group of similar congregations, known as the Church of God, whose general offices are in Anderson, Indiana.
The Church of God began in 1881 as a movement waving the banner of salvation in Christ alone, the unity of believers, and the holiness of God’s people. Early leaders, such as Daniel S. Warner and Mary Cole, sought to forsake denominational hierarchies and formal creeds, trusting solely in the Holy Spirit as their overseer, and in the Bible as their statement of belief.
The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) is a holiness movement with an interesting history and unique doctrine. In this video. we start by discussing the Church of God (Winebrenner) and the Churches of God General Conference, and move on to Daniel Sidney Warner, before discussing the teachings of this group of churches.