Immanuel Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and affirms the following statements as our common theological framework. All that we do in our planning, programming and proclamation is a result of these things which we believe:
- that there is one God, manifest in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
- that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, was wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into heaven;
- in the literal, imminent return of Jesus Christ to earth;
- that mankind fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and that all people are sinners in need of salvation;
- that salvation is a free gift from God that is not earned but is given to any person who repents of their sin and turns to God in faith through the Lord Jesus Christ alone;
- that every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ;
- that those persons who die in their sins spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven spend eternity in Heaven;
- that baptism is in obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation;
- that the church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head;
- that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ;
- in the separation of church and state, but not in the separation of God and government.
Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the person’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.