Emmaus Church exists to glorify God by treasuring Christ as a family of disciples on mission.

Identities

Because of our desire to be a gospel-centered church there are three particular identities, created by the gospel, which we hope shape and define everything we do at Emmaus Church. Those identities are a family, disciples, and missionaries.

The picture of a family is the most widely used metaphor to describe the church in the New Testament. One of the most beautiful passages in Scripture which shows how the gospel creates this new family is Ephesians 2:17-22: “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

Another key gospel identity is that of a disciple. The gospel is a message with Jesus as its cornerstone, and Jesus was constantly inviting people to follow him as His disciples. Therefore the identity of a disciple is deeply rooted in the gospel. “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24, ESV)

The third gospel identity which Emmaus Church is oriented around is that of a missionary. The gospel is a missionary message sent to us by a missionary God who took on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus made clear on many occasions, in word and deed, that mission was at the very heart of the gospel. One of those occasions was when he said to his disciples “…Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me,even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21, ESV)

Values

Because we are a family we value:

Unity & Diversity

There are many implications related to the unity and diversity created by the gospel within the household of faith. For us, integrating people of all generations (1 Tim. 5:1-2), pursuing racial diversity (Eph. 2:14, 19-22), making sure there is always a mixture of maturity and immaturity within our community are all evidences the gospel is advancing within our family.

Redeeming the everyday & ordinary

We believe in redeeming the ordinary rhythms of life together with gospel intentionality. Everyone feasts, celebrates, recreates (plays), and tells/listens to stories. We seek to do all of those things together as a family with gospel intentionality within the context of our everyday lives.

Because we are disciples we value:

Learning

Learning from Jesus about how to live within the Kingdom of Heaven is at the very heart of what it means to follow Him (Mt. 11:29). Therefore, we see our church as a school for living. We view the Scriptures, interpreted with Jesus as their ultimate fulfillment (Luke 24:27), as our textbook and the ultimate authority for all matters of faith and practice.

Disciple Making

At Emmaus Church we don’t just believe we are called to make disciples. We see Jesus as a disciple (Is. 50:4-5, John 8:28-29), who made disciples (Mk 1:17). Therefore, we believe we are called to make disciples, who make disciples. (Mt. 28:18-20)

Because we are missionaries we value:

Gospel Proclamation

We believe the gospel at its most basic level is a message to be proclaimed (Mk 1:14-15). Jesus had something to say about His Father and humanity’s relationship to Him. Jesus spoke about eternal life spent in the Kingdom of Heaven, with He and the Father, beginning now, for anyone who would believe. Certainly, the gospel is more than just words. It can and should be proclaimed through mediums other than words, however, it will never be less than words.

Incarnation

God sent his son Jesus. He was here– with us (John 1:14). He took on flesh, lived life as a human being. Life on mission means being there… with people, with a purpose (Phil. 2:5-11). We seek to be a people who are physically present, with people, working for the good of our city, and the world, for the glory of God.

Ministry to the poor, marginalized, & unreached

Jesus said that it was not the healthy who need a physician, but rather the sick (Mt. 9:12-13). Therefore, following his example, we will go to the broken, the hurting, the oppressed, those in captivity and cast aside by society, both at home and abroad, and we will seek to make straight paths for the gospel. (Luke 4:17-21, Hebrews 13:12-14, 1 John 2:6)