We ascribe to ten core beliefs that are foundational and essential for all who become members of Immanuel.
What We Believe About…
We believe the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) is the only Word of God, is without error, and is to command my belief and action. (2 Timothy 3:16-1 7)
We believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Creation and Providence
We believe God created perfectly from nothing everything that exists and guides history for His purposes. (Genesis 1:1; Romans 8:28)
God the Father
We believe that God the Father is perfectly holy, completely just, entirely sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. He is Father in His relationship to those who are redeemed in Christ and adopts them as children and heirs. (Exodus 15:11,13; Galatians 4:6)
We believe that Christ is fully God and fully man. He came in the flesh to provide salvation through His sinless life, substitutionary death and resurrection. (John 1:1, 14; 20:30-31)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit provides illumination of truth, conviction of sin, regeneration, empowerment and spiritual gifts for service. He is given to every believer at the point of regeneration as God’s seal on their eternal salvation. Therefore, every believer has entered into a holy priesthood and able to come before God with confidence.
We believe all people are loved by God personally and as sinners they need Christ as their Savior. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
We believe a person enters into and remains in a right relationship with God by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and not through good works. Since he is saved by grace, not works, he is eternally secure in the hand of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe the church is the body of baptized believers through which God accomplishes His purposes on earth. (Ephesians 4:12-16)
We believe that a person confesses Christ through believer’s baptism, which is a picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (Acts 2:38, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that a believer remembers Christ’s death and proclaims His coming through partaking of the Lord’s Supper, which is a testimony to His sacrifice on the cross. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe there is a heaven and a hell, and that Christ will return to judge everyone and to establish His eternal kingdom. (Matthew 25:31-32, 46)
We believe that it is the duty, privilege, and passion of every believer to endeavor to make disciples of all nations through the Good News of salvation in Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
See the The Baptist Faith and Message for a more detailed statement.