Statement of Faith
We are a Christian church that affirms the orthodox, historic faith taught in the Scriptures and articulated in the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed. Our beliefs are summarized in the following Articles of Faith, which are affirmed by all our members.
1.) We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, inerrant in their original writings, and the final authority in all matters of doctrine and conduct.
2.) We believe in one triune God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3.) We believe in God the Father, almighty Creator of heaven and earth, eternal in His being, perfect in holiness, omniscient, and omnipotent. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hearing and answering prayer, and that He saves those men from sin and death who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4.) We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in His life, making atonement by His death for the sin of the world. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His promise to visibly return to this world.
5.) We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, sanctifies, teaches, empowers for service, and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that spiritual baptism occurs at conversion, resulting in union with Christ and placement into His body.
Sin, Satan & Salvation
6.) We believe that all people by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
7.) We believe in the resurrection of the dead and that those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. We believe that every human being is ultimately responsible to God alone in all matters of faith and practice.
8.) We believe in the existence of Satan, the adversary of God and His people. We believe that he is the god of this present world and Christians properly armed through the power of the Holy Spirit may successfully resist him by the blood of the Lamb.
9.) We believe in the church as a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and of which all regenerate people are members. We believe that the church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized as a credible confession of faith, and they associate for the purpose of worship, teaching, and equipping Christians for the work of ministry and fellowship all to the glory of God.
10.) Our church is committed to the observance of the ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper and we believe that God laid upon His church the task of proclaiming to the lost world the need for repentance from sin, the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior from sin, and the enthroning of Him as Lord. We recognize no spiritual distinction or social preference of persons of differing national origins, race, or economic status.
11.) We hold this church to be independent and autonomous; free from any interference by external ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe the church and state have different functions and must be separate to fulfill their respective duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.
* The “Statement of Faith“ is identical to the “Articles of Faith” in the Immanuel Church Bylaws.