Our doctrinal convictions are spelled out in three historic confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—which we believe faithfully summarize God’s word. We also wholeheartedly confess with the historic church the three so-called ecumenical creeds, the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
Below is a summary of our beliefs.
We believe that the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s inspired, infallible, and inerrant revelation and the only rule of faith and life.
We believe that the Bible speaks clearly and completely on all those things that God would have men know of His glory and man’s salvation. We also believe that all the truths in the Bible apply to all people in all places for all time and that the Bible’s meaning does not change because of any cultural differences between peoples or shifts in social thinking over time.
We believe in one God who exists in three persons. We believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
We believe in God the Father who created heaven and earth and that He created Adam as the first man so that he had no other human or animal ancestry.
We believe that Jesus Christ being fully God and fully man was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
We believe that Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life, died on the cross of Calvary for the sins of all the elect, rose from the dead on the third day and after forty days He ascended into heaven where He now, at the Father’s right hand, ever makes intercession for His own.
We believe in the necessity of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit-the new birth. We believe that such regeneration is necessary for one to understand the gospel, express true conviction and repentance of sin, and have true saving faith.
We believe that man is justified by Grace through faith alone in the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit indwells and preserves all true believers so that it may be said that all who have true faith in Christ will persevere until the end.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church which is made up of all the elect of all ages. We also believe that God has ordained the visible church as a congregation made up of those who profess the true religion and their children and that this church is to have no final head than Christ and no final authoritative rule for the ordering of faith, life, and the church than the Holy Scriptures.
We believe that the church has two sacraments which are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace and that believers and their children should be baptized. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is also a sign and seal of the covenant of grace and that all professing believers in good standing with an evangelical church should regularly participate in this sacrament. Immanuel Fellowship Church observes the Lord’s Supper a minimum of four times a year.
We believe that the church is called to a reverent and orderly worship of God as regulated by the Holy Scriptures and that such worship on the Lord’s Day shall take place at the time and place appointed by the Elders.
We believe that the work of church growth is preeminently the work of the Holy Spirit by means of the faithful proclamation of the gospel. We also acknowledge that the church is called to the task of evangelism both locally and through the work of her mission causes. Our responsibility is to both support mission causes and participate personally in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that at the last day Christ will come again at which time there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. The bodies of the just will be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, and made like to the glorious body of Christ. Likewise we believe that the bodies of the wicked shall be raised up in dishonor. At this time Christ shall judge both the just and the unjust. The just shall enter into the reward of eternal life in the place God has prepared for them. The unjust shall be cast into outer darkness where they will suffer God’s wrath for all eternity.
Also, because of great conflict and confusion in the midst of the church as a result of certain errors being taught, we also acknowledge that the following are our firm convictions:
1. That Christ has only appointed men to the offices of His church.
2. That the only biblical context for expressing sexuality lies within the state of heterosexual marriage.
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Immanuel Fellowship Church is a Christian Church
We are committed to the Word of God, the Reformed Confessions, historic worship, genuine fellowship, and faithful outreach to our community and world.