Doctrine

Around 1627 AD a German theologian, Peter Meiderlin (under the pseudonym, Rupertus Meldenious), made an oft quoted statement on the spirit which should guide theological matters within the church. His statement, often attributed to Augustine and John Wesley among others, was: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”  It is these extremely biblical principles of unityfreedom and love which we deeply desire to be the hallmarks of theological/doctrinal issues at Emmaus Church.  It is in that Spirit that we heartily affirm the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, which have served to unite Christ-followers and communicate the core truths of orthodox Christianity for generations. The Emmaus Church statement of faith can also be seen below.

Read the Apostles Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Read the Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God, light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one substance with the Father,
through Whom all things came into existence,
Who because of us men and because of our salvation came down from the heavens,
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became man,
and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried,
and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures
and ascended to heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father,
and will come again with glory to judge living and dead,
of Whose kingdom there will be no end;
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is together worshipped and together glorified,
Who spoke through the prophets;
in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We confess one baptism to the remission of sins;
we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen

Read Our Statement of Faith

REGARDING THE SCRIPTURE:

We believe that the Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

REGARDING GOD:

We believe that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-6, 46:9-10, John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:5), who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, (Genesis 1:16, Psalm 45:6-7, 110:1, Matthew 3:13-17, 28:17-20, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

REGARDING CREATION:

We believe that everything other than God (whether physical, spiritual, or temporal) was created by the Triune God; that God created all things out of nothing and according to its own kind; and that creation was originally very good. We believe that God created everything for his glory, actively sustains all he created. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2, Hebrews 11:3, Hebrews 1:2, John 1:1-3, Acts 17:25, Psalm 19:1, Isaiah 43:7)

REGARDING HUMANITY:

We believe that all humanity (excluding Christ) are sinners by both birth and action (Genesis 6:5, Psalm 51:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23, 5:8, 12-21,7:18, Ephesians 2:1-3 and the deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:19, Romans 5:12, 6:23, James 1:14-15)

REGARDING JESUS CHRIST:

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20, Luke 2:52, John 1:1-4, 14, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3). We believe that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day physically return (Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, John 14:3, 20:1-21, 25, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 15:12-34, I Thessalonians 4:16, Hebrews 9:2, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 1:7)

REGARDING THE ATONEMENT:

We believe that Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29, 10:1-18, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 1:4, 1 Peter 3:18) and by trusting in the person of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6, Acts4:12, Romans 3:21-26, 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

REGARDING THE CHURCH:

We believe that the universal church is made up of all God’s people throughout all the world and history, and that the visible manifestation of this has always been local gatherings of believers. The church has Christ as its head and Chief Shepherd. We believe the church glorifies God as all its people work together for his mission, and that the activities of the church include preaching the Bible, the symbolic ordinances of baptism and communion, worship, discipleship, reconciling care/discipline, and mission/service to the surrounding community and to the ends of the earth. We believe that the biblical offices for church leadership are elders (biblically qualified men who lovingly rule the overall church body and who preach/teach) and deacons (biblically qualified men and women who oversee specific aspects and ministries as directed by the elders). (Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 1:22, 4:15-16, 1 Peter 5:4, Acts 8:1, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Ephesians 3:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 4:12, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Galatians 6:1, James 5:19-20, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 11-13, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 2:12-13, Acts 6:1-7, Philippians 1:1, Romans 16:1-2)

REGARDING THE FUTURE:

We believe Christ will return personally, physically, visibly, and in such glorious fashion that he will be marveled at. We believe in a future resurrection of the dead; that those who trust in Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward, while those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment. We believe after these things will come the ultimate fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom and the making of all things new which will result in our unimaginable, everlasting joy and the eternal display of God’s greatness and glory. (Acts 1:9-11, Mark 14:61-62, Philippians 3:20-21, Luke 34:39-43, Luke 21:27, 2 Thessalonians 1:10, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15, Revelation 21:5, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Psalm 16:11, Ephesians 2:6-7)