Immanuel Church exists to connect people to new life in Jesus.
At Immanuel, together we pursue…
Delight in God. Worship and joy.
We were made for God. His glory is the only worthy pursuit of our lives. And because He has created us for Himself, it is only in Him that we find true meaning, satisfaction and joy. Anything that promises life apart from God is a lie. He alone satisfies.
(Matthew 22:37; Matthew 13:44; Psalm 16:11).
The Gospel in everything. Made and transformed.
The Gospel is the good news that God saves sinners through the work of Jesus Christ. By His grace, we respond by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus for salvation. But not only are we born by the Gospel, we are also grown in the Gospel as we keep turning from sin and trusting more and more in the work of Christ.
(Mark 1:15; Galatians 3:3, 11)
Everyday evangelism. Word and deed.
Evangelism is proclaiming the good news that people can be made right with God through Christ. This task is not reserved for those with certain gifts or titles. Instead, God has appointed ‘ordinary’ people to be His witnesses in midst of their ‘everyday’ lives. This is God’s primary strategy for reaching the world with the message of Christ.
(Acts 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; Philippians 2:15; Matthew 5:16)
Authentic community. Deep and wide.
Those who have been called to Christ, have also been called to a community. The church is the community of those transformed by the Gospel. As people who have experienced forgiveness and acceptance in Christ, we have only grace to offer one another. We are now free to live open and honest lives before one another because Christ has borne our guilt and shame.
(Ephesians 4:1-6, Philippians 2:1-7, Ephesians 2:19-22, John 15:12)
Every member ministry. Equipped and deployed.
In the body of Christ, every member is essential. Each one has received a gift from the Spirit enabling them to serve others. In addition to utilizing this gift, every member has the responsibility to speak the truth in love to others. It is under this ministry that the church grows up to resemble Christ more and more. Regardless of gifting, personality or role, every member must be equipped for the ministry of the Word.
(1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-16, 32; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Prayerful dependence. Needy and expecting.
We are people prone to self-dependence and self-sufficiency, even in the church. Prayer, however, is the confession that we are dependent, limited and needy. At the same time, prayer is the declaration that God is none of these things. Instead, He is both able and willing to help His people. And so we pursue faithfulness while relying on God to grant fruitfulness. We work while confessing that apart from Him we can do nothing.
(Psalm 46:1; James 4:6, John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7)
Conformity to the Word. Honored and obeyed.
God speaks. He reveals his glory by showing us his Son in His Word. He reveals himself, his will, and his ways through Scripture. The Bible, therefore, must be central in the life and faith of the Church. We must be a people who continually hear and gladly submit our lives to God’s Word. Only then will we see and be made like Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 1:1; Psalm 119)
Selfless generosity. For members and mission.
We have received all things freely and abundantly in Christ Jesus. He willingly became poor so that we might richly receive mercy and grace. And so now we respond with willing and even joyful generosity. Such giving not only blesses others but helps to keep our hope in God alone. It helps us to set our trust, not in money, but on our Father who provides. With the Spirit’s help, we will gladly give to the ministry of the Word, to our members in need and to the poor.
(2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Matthew 6:19-34; Acts 2:44, Galatians 6:10; Galatians 6:6; Proverbs 14:24)