Basic Beliefs of Emmanuel Church
* We are a Bible-based church and believe that the Word of God is the basis for all belief, and contains all things necessary for salvation and holy living.
The Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary for salvation; so whatever is not read in the scriptures, or proved by the scriptures, is not to be required of any person to believe as necessary for salvation. We believe in both the Old and New Testaments.
* We believe in the triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
* We believe the Church is made up of all true believers, and all believers have the ministry of furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The visible local church of Christ is a congregation of faithful persons in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments duly administered according to Christ’s ordinance.
* We believe that the responsibility of the church is to care for one another and to encourage spiritual growth among its members.
* We believe that it is the ministry of the church to reach out to the lost and less fortunate within our community and around the world; to continue the work of Christ by sharing the love and mercies of God to all who will hear.
* We do not limit our love or our ministries to anyone; all people are God’s children, and every person is of great value to Him, and to the Emmanuel United Methodist Church family.
* John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, had three simple rules to live by.
Do No Harm, Have I rejoiced or grieved with my neighbor, which benefited my neighbor's condition? Have I received my neighbor's shortcomings and failures with understanding and concern, and not with anger? Have I taken an opposing viewpoint from anyone when I had no good reason to, or have I argued where there was no chance of changing my neighbor's opinion? Have I been so concerned with being right that I refused to let a neighbor in the wrong (in relatively unimportant matters) have the last word?
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can.
Stay in Love with God, "Have I made time for thanking God for the blessings of this past week? Have I, in order to be more aware of them, seriously and deliberately considered all the circumstances surrounding these blessings? Have I considered each of these blessings as an obligation to great love and truer holiness?" Have I attended all of the Ordinances of God? Have I worship God for His faithfulness, Prayed without ceasing, and studied to show yourself approved of God in order to honor God and to grow in your personal relationship with Him?
To God Be the Glory!
Who by the power at work within us is able to exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout the ages, world without end.