Our Belief

Our Belief

The Holy Bible: The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is 100% the Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. The Bible, in its original writing, is both inspired and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26.)

Trinity: In one God there are three distinct persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. They are all co-equal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11.)

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life (John 1:1, 14; John 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5.)

Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the Virgin Mary’s womb; therefore He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 30; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:27-35.)

Repentance: All believers are called by God to repent and believe in the Gospel. Repentance is a commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ (Acts 2:38, 3:19; I John 1:9.)

Salvation: Salvation is a free gift of God and is the result of a relationship with the living Christ. Through salvation we become “born again” and children of God. Saving faith is accompanied by assurance given by the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer. (John 1:12-13, 3:3-21; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 4:3-7; Ephesians 2:8-10; II Corinthians 1:21-22.)

Sanctification: The ongoing process of yielding to God as He completes the development of Christ’s character in us (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11.)

Jesus’ Blood: The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse man of all sins. Jesus offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins we have committed, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29.)

Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers: Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them. They are putting their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose from the dead (John 1:12, 14:17-22, 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20.)

Resurrection: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. One day, all believers in Christ will also be physically resurrected in their glorified bodies to their eternal reward in Heaven with God (John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:14-16; I Corinthians 15; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21.)

The Holy Spirit and His In-Filling: Released on Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to fulfill its mission throughout the whole earth.

Gifts of The Spirit: Every believer who is in-filled with the Holy Spirit is given spiritual gifts to be used in ministry under the Lord’s direction (I Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:4-8; Hebrews 2:4.)

Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the Commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a gift to believers and a sign to unbelievers that the Gospel is true (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16: 17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16.)

The Church: The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, established on earth for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church, gifted and appointed as the Lord wills, as a part of His body (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:11-13; I Corinthians 12:12-28; Hebrews 12:23.)

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a new Christian is commanded by the Lord to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This is a public confession of Christ and an act of obedience to His command. Baptism alone does not impart salvation (Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 16:16; Luke 9:26; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 26-38, 10:47-48, Romans 6:4, I Corinthians 12:13.)

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion with Christ and His church when the elements of bread and wine or grape juice (representing the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. This is a celebration of Christ’s victory over sin, death and all evil which Jesus instructed his followers to observe (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; I Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-32.)

Stewardship: As Christians we believe that we belong to God. We are His servants and He is our Master. This means that our whole lives: our time on Earth, our talents, our relationships and material possessions are at His disposal. Stewardship is the awareness that God has charged us to wisely use all He has given us, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to bring glory to Him and advance His kingdom on the Earth (Genesis 1:28-31; Malachi 3:6-18; Matthew 25:14-30; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 12:35-48; Luke 16:10-12; Romans 14:7-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.)

Discipleship: We believe that every Christian is called to become a true disciple of Christ. Discipleship involves a proactive lifetime commitment to learn and submit to all Jesus Christ taught. This includes a determination to replicate His character in every area of life. The passion of every true Christian disciple is to authentically and faithfully represent Jesus to all people (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 10:25; Ephesians 4:11-13; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 9:23-26; 1 Peter 2:21.)

Family: God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Heaven: After living one life on earth, believers will be received into Heaven where they will be eternally present with God. Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of all who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; Luke 16:19-31; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:13-16; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 21:1-5.)

Hell: After living one life on earth, unbelievers will be judged by God because they have rejected Christ as savior and sent to Hell, where they will be eternally separated from God (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:6-8.)

Second Coming: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to the earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:36-41, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-2; Revelation 1:7.)

Theocratic Government: We believe in a theocratic form of church government, where Jesus Christ, as Lord and Head of the Church, imparts His will through revelation given by His Spirit. The Board of Elders is Emmanuel’s sole authoritative interpreter of Scripture