Our Purpose

We, Avoy Christian Church, do purpose the following: proclaim the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ; make disciples train and edify believers in faithful obedience to the Word of God; to aid in missions work throughout the world; and promote Christian living.

Our Pastor

Katie and Sean Leonard

Pastor Sean became involved with Avoy Christian Church in 2015 when he spoke regularly as pulpit supply while the church was without a pastor. Shortly after, he was burdened and called into full-time ministry at Avoy. He ministered as interim pastor until he was ordained in August 2020 as the Senior Pastor.

Pastor Sean has his associate’s degree through Clarks Summit University and is studying in seminary classes at Clarks Summit University to help further his formal Biblical education. On top of classwork, Pastor Sean works full time as a route service representative for Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply. Sean’s passion and giftedness lies in teaching the Word of God and serving Avoy Christian Church.

Katie joined pastor Sean in life and ministry in June of 2020. She has bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Graphic Design from Pensacola Christian College. Since college, Katie has pursued what God has called her to do alongside pastor Sean. She has seen how her creativity has become an asset to the church and continues to serve the church in any way she can. She is regularly investing into others and loves building relationships with people!

Our Articles of Faith

Section One: Of the True God

We believe that there is one true, living God; an intelligent Spirit and the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth. God is triune, of one substance but of three distinct and perfect persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person plays a distinct, but harmonious office in the great work of Redemption. (Ex. 20:23; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 3:16-17; John 4:24, 10:30, 14:16; I Cor. 8:6, 12:4-6; II Cor. 13:14)

Section Two: Of the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ; He is and will always be God. As a man, He did not deny His Deity, but emptied himself of certain divine privileges. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, fulfilled the Law, and voluntarily died a full and vicarious atonement for the sins of all mankind. He was buried in a grave and rose again the third day, delivering man from the power of sin and death. He ascended bodily into heaven and is returning someday to receive His saints and establish His earthly kingdom as heir to David’s eternal throne. His return is imminent. (John 1:1; Phil. 2:6-10; I Tim. 2:5, 3:16; Heb. 1:8; I Peter 3:18; I John 5:20)

Section Three: Of the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit as a divine person of the Godhead, having the same nature as God the Father and God the Son. He played an active role in Creation. His ministry to the unbelieving world is the restraint of the Evil One, conviction of sin, and conviction of man’s need of righteousness and judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. His ministry to the believing world is His sealing, indwelling and baptism of new believers. These ministries are a one-time event occurring at the moment of salvation. He guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. Sign and revelatory gifts have been fulfilled and are not applicable to the Church and its ministry today. (Gen. 1:1-13; John 3:3-6, 14:16, 17, 26, 15:26, 27, 16:7-14; Romans 8:26-27; I Cor. 2:12, 14, 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 4:30; II Thess. 2:13)

Section Four: Of the Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God in its original manuscripts. The Scriptures are the product of Spirit-controlled men, making them the only writings supernaturally inspired and free of error. No other authoritative writings have ever existed or will exist. (John 17:17; Romans 15:4; II Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19)

Section Five: Of Satan

We believe that Satan was once the angel Lucifer, a member of the Heavenly Host. By His pride and ambition to be like the almighty God, He fell and drew with himself a third of the Lord’s Heavenly Host. He is the Prince of the Power of the Air. He is the Church’s greatest Tempter and the author of false religions and apostacy to this day. His final defeat will be by God’s Son, and his final destiny is Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Ezek. 28:13-17; Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:9, 20:10)

Section Six: Of Creation

We accept the Genesis account of a literal, six-day Creation. We believe that man came by direct creation of God, not by evolution. Man is created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:7; John 1:3, Acts 4:24; Col. 1:1:16-17)

Section Seven: Of the Fall of Man

We believe that man, was created in innocence, enjoying perfect fellowship with God, but fell from his sinless state through willful transgression against God’s law, resulting in death, physical and spiritual. Through the first man, all mankind is guilty of inherent and willful sin, and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen. 3; Jer. 17:9; Romans 1:20, 28, 32, 3:10-19, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3)

Section Eight: Of Salvation

  • Atonement

Salvation of sinners is wholly by grace, the grace of God reaching down to man in the person of Jesus Christ. He paid the debt of our sin on the cross. This blood sacrifice is sufficient to cover all of mankind’s sin, extending to those who admit their sinfulness, believe that Christ died on their behalf, and confess Him as Savior. This is the only way to be righteous before a just and Holy God. (Isaiah 53:4-7; Rom. 3:24, 25, 5:8; I Cor. 15:1-4; I Peter 1:18, 19, 2:24, 3:18 I John 2:2, 4:10)

  • Justification

Believers are justified by his or her belief in Christ. Justification is the judicial act that provides forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. It is granted solely through faith in Christ’s righteousness and His life-giving blood. It cannot be merited by any works of righteousness on the part of the believer. (Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17, 4:1-8, 5:1, 9, 8:1; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38)

  • Faith

Faith, belief in the solid evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ, and is the only condition for salvation. (Acts 16:31, Rom. 5:1)

  • Grace

Salvation is wholly of God’s Grace, God’s unmerited favor provides full substitution and atonement for sin and gives eternal life through Jesus’s Christ’s sacrifice. (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-10)

  • Free

Salvation is free to all through the gospel message. Anyone who turns from their sinfulness to accept God’s way will be saved. Man’s condemnation is totally by his own rejection of the gospel. (John 3:15-18, 36; Rom. 10:13; I Cor. 15:10; Rev. 22:17)

  • Regeneration

Those that place their faith in Christ are regenerated. This is a supernatural act of rebirth caused by the Holy Spirit, where a person begins a new life in Christ. It is manifested by the fruit of the Spirit and a believer’s repentance, faith, and newness of life. (John 3:3-7; II Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:23)

  • Repentance

Repentance is the act accompanying faith in Christ where the believer’s eyes are opened by the Holy Spirit to reveal the sinner’s guilt, danger, and helplessness. In desperate need, the sinner turns from his or her life of sinfulness in pursuit of God’s mercy by openly confessing Christ as his or her all-sufficient Savior. (Ps. 51:1-4; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8, 18:13; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 20:21; Rom. 10:9-13)

  • Sanctification

Sanctification is the process by which God makes the believer a partaker of His Holiness. It is a progressive work that begins on the day of salvation and continues through life on earth. It is accomplished through Spiritual discipline: Scripture reading, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. (I Cor. 1:2, 6:11; Eph. 5:25, 26; I Thess. 5:22, 23; Heb. 10:10,

• Perseverance of the Saints

Those who are born again are kept eternally by the Godhead until the day of redemption. While the Word of God grants assurance of salvation, Christian liberty is not an opportunity to please the flesh. True Christians have a preserving attachment to Christ which enables their commitment and devotion to him. This is distinguished from superficial believers, who are professors of faith, that, with time fall by the wayside. (Matt. 13:19-20; John 6:37-40, 8:31-32, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-40, 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Phil. 1:6; Col. 1:21-22; Titus 2:11-15; I Peter 1:5)

Section Nine: Of the Local Church

We believe that the Head of the Church is Christ. We believe that the local church of Christ is a congregation of immersed believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ and are governed by His laws allowing them to exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Scripturally designed offices are: pastor(s) and deacons, whose qualifications are given by the Scriptures. The mission of the church is given in the Great Commission: (1) to make disciples of all nations (2) to baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and (3) to teach and instruct. In all matters of membership, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:41-47, 6:5; I Cor. 5:11-13, 12:4, 8-11; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23-24; I Tim. 3:1-13)

Section Ten: Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We celebrate two Biblical ordinances (1) believer’s baptism by immersion and (2) the Lord’s Supper. Christian Baptism is the believer’s immersion in water, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior symbolizing our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of what Christ has done on the cross of Calvary to atone for sin, and looking forward to His Second Coming. The Lord’s Supper is observed by all who have personally accepted Christ as His Savior. (Matt. 3:6, 16, 26:26, 30, 28:19; I Cor. 11:23-30)

Section Eleven: Of the Two Natures

We believe that every saved person possesses two principal natures: an old nature and a new nature, with provision for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The presence of sin in a believer’s life is not an absence of new life, but a conformity to the flesh within a believer. (Romans 6:13, 8:12-13, Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10)

Section Twelve: Of Separation

We believe that all believers in Christ should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior. God commands separation from religious Apostacy as well as worldly and sinful pleasure, practices, and associations. (Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 6:14; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)

Section Thirteen: Of the Righteous and the Wicked

We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous are made so by their faith in Jesus Christ and sanctification by the Spirit of God. Those who do not exercise faith in Christ are esteemed eternally separated from God. The Saved are destined to spend eternity with God, while the Lost’s destination is everlasting conscious suffering apart from God. (Prov. 11:31; Romans 6:16-8:23)

Section Fourteen: Of the Family

We believe in the Biblical model of marriage and procreation the way God originally intended marriage and family at Creation: One man, born a man, and one woman, born a woman, united forever before God in holy matrimony. This model is intended to represent Christ and the Church and must not be perverted. Any form of sexual or covenant relationship outside of this context (adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, etc.) is sinful and condemned in Scripture. (Gen. 2: 18, 24-25; Matt. 19:4-9; Romans 1:24-29, 7:2; I Cor. 6:19-20; 7:1-5; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:4)

Section Fifteen: Of Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interest and good of human society. Civil government is to be prayed over continually. Government at the local, state, and national level is to be conscientiously honored and obeyed except only in things that oppose the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Daniel 3:17-18; Romans 13:1, 7; Acts 5:29, 25:5; I Peter 2:17)

Section Sixteen: Of the Return of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven following his physical death, burial, and resurrection, and He will return bodily to this earth. Currently, He resides as High Priest for each believer, making intercession on their behalf before the Father. His Second Coming will be preceded by the rapture where the dead in Christ will rise and the living believers will be changed and “caught up in the air”. We believe in a millennial kingdom where Satan will be bound and Christ shall reign on earth for 1,000 years. Following the Millennium, Christ will cast Satan and his followers into the lake of fire for eternity and a new heaven and new earth will be enjoyed by Christ’s followers for all eternity. (Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:4, 32:1; Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 1:32; Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15: 42-44, 51-53; I Thess. 4:16-17; Heb. 2:17, 5:9-10, 8:6; Rev. 20:1-6).