Emmanuel Congregational Church
Statement of Faith
- We believe that there is one God, creator of all things, eternally existent in three equal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Psalms 90:1-2, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17)
- We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His birth of the Virgin Mary, His real but sinless humanity, His voluntary humiliation in life as a Man of Sorrows culminating in His substitutionary and atoning death as a sacrifice for sin, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into Heaven as the only and eternal mediator between God and man, and His coming again in power and glory. (Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 2:17, Hebrews 7:25-26)
- We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent forth from God in power to lead us to repentance and enables us, through faith, to accept Christ as our Saviour. We believe that the Holy Spirit abides in the Church, dwelling in every believer as the Spirit of truth, of power, of holiness, of comfort and of love. He grants spiritual gifts to all who seek Him. (Luke 11:13, John 16:15-16, John 3:6-8)
- We believe that the Bible, as given in the original writings by the inspiration of God, consisting of the Old and New Testaments in the only divinely inspired and infallible Word of God. It is our supreme guide and final authority in matters pertaining to faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, Revelation 22:18-19, Psalms 119:9)
- We believe that the moral law of God, state in the Ten Commandments and summarized in the Great Commandment proclaimed by Jesus Christ, stands forever in truth and equity. (Micah 6:8, Luke 10:25-28, Mark 12:29-31)
- We believe that man, being tempted by Satan and choosing evil, is utterly sinful and therefore lost. We believe that the salvation of man is solely by grace through Faith in Jesus Christ, whose death and sacrifice has enabled the saved to partake of eternal life now and to share in the glorious resurrection which is to come. We believe, through the power of the Son of God who shall come to Judge the living and the dead, that the unsaved shall be sent into eternal punishment and the righteous shall enter eternal life. (Genesis 3, Romans 3:23-26, Matthew 25:46, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of all who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, the only holy universal Church which is the body of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
- We believe that the eternal, wise, holy and loving purpose of God embraces all events. While God does not remove the freedom of mankind, neither is He the author of sin, yet He makes all things work together in the fulfillment of His sovereign design. (James 1:13, Romans 8:28)
- We believe that through prayer we may continuously draw nearer to God through Jesus Christ His Son, to praise Him, to glorify Him, to confess our sins, to seek His will for us and for those for whom we intercede. We believe that He will respond granting us blessings through Jesus Christ. (1 John 5:14-15, Matthew 6:5-13)
- We believe that all human life, no matter the age, is sacred and that life begins at conception. Children are a blessing from God. It is fitting that Christian parents present their children to God for His blessing. It is the responsibility of parents, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of the Church, to bring up their children in the love and reverence of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Psalms 139:13-16, Luke 18:16-17, Luke 2:22)
- We believe in a Sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible work of God’s grace.
a. Baptism with water into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is the sacrament by which our union to Christ is signified and sealed. The proper subjects of baptism and believers and children presented by their parents or guardians who are in the Christian faith. With regards to infants and children, we accept dedication or baptism.
b. The Lord’s Supper is the sacrament of communion with Christ and His people, in which bread and wine are given and received in thankful remembrance of Him and His sacrifice of the Cross. All may be admitted to the Lord’s Supper who make a credible profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus and of obedience to His law and who earnestly repent of their sins and desire to grown in His grace.