Beliefs and Doctrine

BELIEFS

Our core beliefs tell the story of who we are and why we’re here. These beliefs inspire our gatherings every week, shape the life change that we are pursuing, and rally us around common causes in our community and world.

the Bible is inspired by God

The Bible is inspired by God, is fully trustworthy and is the basis for everything we believe. We believe the Bible is God’s Word about who He is, who we are and why we’re here. Scripture can be reliable to instruct and guide us in becoming all God created us to be. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17; Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21

the trinity

God has eternally existed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:14

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:14

People are the supreme object of god's creation

Men and women are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God as a result of "original sin." Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

Genesis 1:27 Isaiah 53:6 Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1-2 Psalm 139:13-16 Colossians 2:13-15

Salvation is found through jesus christ

Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, performed miracles, died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven, is present with the church today and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and no one else. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort.

Matthew 1:22, 23 Isaiah 9:6 John 1:1-5, 14:6 Hebrews 4:14-15 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Romans 1:3-4 Acts 1:9-11 Ephesians 2:8-9 Colossians 2:9-10 1 Timothy 6:14-15

people will Exist Eternally with or without God

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 14:17 Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:15 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 25:31-34, 41

water baptism

The public profession of inward faith in following Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness."

Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20 Acts 2:41, 8:12 Romans 6:4 Colossians 2:12

communion

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

Empowered by the Holy Spirit for Ministry and Mission

We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and leads the church to fulfill the ministry and mission of the church. The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 1:8 Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23

The Holy Spirit is Active Today

We believe God’s Spirit is active in the world today as described throughout scripture. We also believe that we can be filled with God’s Spirit who empowers us to live and serve with spiritual gifts that are available to us today. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures.

Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; 1 Cor. 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10

Jesus is Coming Back as He Promised

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.

Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7

Emmanuel is part of the Assemblies of God (AG)

The Assemblies of God was founded in 1914 in Hot Springs, Arkansas with 300 people at the founding convention. Today, there are 13,017 AG churches in the U.S. with over 3 million members and adherents. There are more than 69 million AG members worldwide, making the Assemblies of God the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.

The Assemblies of God values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and has always been marked by a reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel around the world.


You can find fuller explanations of the beliefs these churches share here. 

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