Some of our basic beliefs are as follows:
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons:Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and that He is true God and true Man and is the only and sufficient mediator between God and man.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to men in the regeneration and sanctification of their souls. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the vital Person in the revelation and operation of the Christian faith.
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
We believe in the vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, in His resurrection, His ascension into heaven and His personal and visible future return to the earth and that salvation is received only through repentance from sin and personal faith in Him.
The Church and it’s Ordinances
We believe that the Church of Christ consists of regenerated members united in fellowship for the carrying out of the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:19-20.We further believe that the ordinances of the Church are Baptism, which speaks of the believer’s identification with the crucified, buried and risen Lord, and the Lord’s Supper, which is the sacred use of the bread and cup to commemorate the death of Christ.
An excerpt from the Emmanuel church constitution:
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
As an evangelistic church, we purpose to be disciples of Jesus Christ by:
~ attracting and leading the unsaved to Jesus;
~ encouraging Christians to consecrate themselves to God’s purpose in their lives;
~ providing a climate in which the worship of God, personal spiritual growth and fellowship occur;
~ equipping Christians for effective ministry to reach the Parkersburg area and beyond;
~ challenging Christians to be faithful stewards of all of God’s resources.
ARTICLE III DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE
This church accepts the Bible as the sufficient basis of doctrine and practice.
ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP
The membership of this church shall consist of persons who have professed Jesus as Savior and Lord, who have been baptized by immersion, who have assented to the purpose statement of this congregation and who have been received by the affirmation of the church.
The duties and responsibilities of the members are as follows:
A. To live as Christians in the world;
B. To gather regularly for worship;
C. To be involved in the activities of the church;
D. To be witnesses of Jesus;
E. To pray for the church, for one another and for the lost that they may be lead to Jesus Christ;
F. To be stewards of God’s resources, including regular, proportionate financial support of the church;
G. To use their spiritual gifts in ministry;
H. To offer positive encouragement to the leadership of the congregation.
ARTICLE II LEADERSHIP
Section 1: Qualifications
All officers of the church shall be elected by the membership of the church at its December business meeting. Officers shall meet the following qualifications:
A. Show evidence of a maturing Christian faith;
B. Be members of the congregation;
C. Be regular in participation in the life of the congregation, including attendance at worship and Bible study;
D. Exercise a ministry;
E. Provide financial support.
If you have any questions about these or any other beliefs of our church or staff, please call our church office.