Our Beliefs

The doctrines below are a snapshot summary of what we believe here at Emmaus Church.

What we believe

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim 3:1617II Peter 1:20,21Matt 5:18;John 16:12,13).

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4II Corinthians 13:14).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10John 1:12Ephesians 1:7I Peter 1:18-19).

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by Godʼs power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-4010:27-30Romans 8:13839I Corinthians 1:4-8I Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of Godʼs Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Romans 13:13,14Gal 5:13Titus 2:11-15).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11II Corinthians 3:6I Corinthians 12:12-14Romans 8:9Ephesians 5:18)

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adamʼs sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26,27 Romans 3:22235:12Ephesians 2:1-312).

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24I Peter 2:24Ephesians 1:7I Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:910Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 9:24Romans 8:34I John 2:1-2).

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believerʼs responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor do they prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (I Cor. 12:711,13 & Eph, 4:7-8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7 & I John5: 1415). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Rom 12:1-8I Cor. 13I Peter 4:10-11).

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Eph 1:22,235:25-27I Cor 12:12-14II Cor 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:2718:2220:17I Tim 3:1-3 & Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1-415:19-3120:28Rom 16:1,4I Cor 3:916I Cor 5: 4-713I Peter 5:1-4). We recognize believerʼs baptism and the Lordʼs supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matt 28:19,20Acts 2:41,42Acts 18:8I Cor 11:23-26).

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