WHAT WE BELIEVE
What we believe…
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
About Jesus Christ
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and
offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by dying on a cross. He arose from
the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's
glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. People can never make up for their sin by self-improvement
or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can they be saved from
sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.anuel Baptist Church is
the continuing expression of the body of Christ reaching out to Elizabethtown
so that people may come to know Him.
About Eternal Life
Because God gives people eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for
eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural
guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it
is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Mankind is the supreme
object of God's creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an
attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates mankind from God.
People were created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in
union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be
eternally in union with Him is eternal life in heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is a Christian's
public declaration that he or she has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Baptism does not
save anyone, but shows the world that salvation has taken place in a Christian's life. And while
baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates a Christian's love for
and obedience to Christ.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember
His sacrifice and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and fruit of the vine are
symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is
a testament of a believer's faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Immanuel Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church in full agreement with the BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE 2000. The Baptist Faith and Message is a statement of generally held beliefs held by Southern Baptists.