WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Bible: We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration, and in the original writings they are without error.  We believe the Scriptures originated with God but were written by the instrumentality of people that speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors.  They are the unique and final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.

God:  We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and externally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ:  We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures.  We believe He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people. 

Salvation:  We believe that Jesus Christ died as the substitution for the death penalty we owed.  No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal alienation from God.  It is only by God's free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation, and this grace is appropriated by a change of heart toward God's leadership in our lives by faith in Jesus as both our Lord and our Savior.

The Church:  We believe that there is only one true Church universal composed of all people who have asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness and made Him leader of their lives.  The diversity of all believers working together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the body of Christ, the Church.  The scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of God’s Word, using our gifts to build up one another, outreach, communion, and baptism.  Wherever God’s people meet in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

Sacraments: We hold two sacraments at Immanuel Community Reformed Church: the Lord’s Supper and baptism. We believe in the inclusion of all of God’s children who are aware of God’s saving activity in their lives regarding the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Immanuel’s view on baptism is influenced by two strong themes of scripture. First, we believe scripture teaches from a covenant standpoint, the inclusion of children in the covenant community. Second, we see scripture commanding those who receive Christ as Savior and Lord to receive this gift of God’s grace assuring them of God’s saving work in their life.