Beliefs

OUR VISION: Emmanuel is a praying, inclusive, loving fellowship with unity and harmony in Christ, sharing our God-given gifts willingly for His glory, growing spiritually through prayer, worship, and discipleship – seeking to lead souls to Christ.

GOD is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14

JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself by dying on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 2 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13

THE HOLY SPIRIT is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ and to convict us of sin. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25

SALVATION is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5

BAPTISM is the an act of obedience to God after Salvation. It is a picture of the death burial and resurrection of our Lord. Baptism is by submersion and is a public outward testimony of our Faith in Christ.
Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 2:38-41, 8:12, 36-38 ; Romans 6:3-4

THE BIBLE is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 12:6, 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5

MAN is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates man from God.
Genesis 1:2, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 5:11-13; 1 John 2:25, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15

THE LOCAL CHURCH is a group of baptized believers united in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. God’s plan is for each of us to be a part of a local church. Christ is the head of the church, and the members work corporately together as He has equipped each of them to serve Him and one another.
Ephesians 4:11-13, 15-16; Hebrews 10:25

PRAYER is communication directly with God in the name of Jesus Christ. This communication is essential to the life of a follower of Christ. God, through His infinite grace, helps us to pray.
Psalm 5:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, Hebrews 4:16

STEWARDSHIP is more than finances, it includes management of all the blessings God has given us. The Bible suggests believers give a tenth of their finances to God’s work through the local church. Offerings, above and beyond the tithe, are encouraged in the Scriptures.
Genesis 14:20, 28:22; Malachi 3:10

EVANGELISM We use every means possible to share the gospel with as many people as we can, because we believe God’s word teaches that we should do so. We believe the Gospel never changes but the means by which we share it is ever-changing.
Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 8:25, 1 Corinthians 9:16-27

MISSIONS is the word used by our church meaning “to tell the world about Christ”. The local church provides opportunities to engage in community, state, and the world missions. We support mission efforts with prayer, finances through our regular giving, and through special mission offerings.
2 Kings 17:27-28, Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20; Mark 16:15, Acts 13:2-3

DISCIPLESHIP is the training and growth of Christians in faith, accomplished through one-on-one mentoring, small group classes, and congregational preaching and teaching.
Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Timothy 2:15

WORSHIP, an opportunity to praise God, learn about him, and grow in faith is vital for every Christian. The Bible teaches that we should meet regularly with other believers for the purpose of worshipping God.
Exodus 20:3, Matthew 4:10, Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:25

MARRIAGE is the first institution established by God and is to be held in the highest regard. The Bible teaches God has ordained marriage to be an exclusive and covenantal union between one man and one woman and is designed by God to be a lifetime commitment.
Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:9

The Bible teaches that sexual intimacy is reserved solely for marriage and within marriage. Any sexual activities outside of marriage are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. We faithfully follow this scriptural definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this church.
Genesis 2:24, 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:9