Our Faith

Our Purpose


Our Vision Statement calls us to:

be a place to grow spiritually

be a place to share our faith

Our Mission Statement calls us to:




In addition, we frequently use as a simple summary

of what Christ calls us to do:

Love God

Love others

As we go, make disciples

Our Statement of Belief

The mission of the National Association of Evangelicals (http://www.nae.net/) is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians. As evangelical Christians, Emmanuel Bethel Church supports and endorses the NAE Statement of Faith

            We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

            We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

            We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

            We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

            We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

            We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

            We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We would also use the NAE explanation of, “What is an Evangelical?”

            Evangelicals take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

            The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ.

            We are a vibrant and diverse group, including believers found in many churches, denominations and nations. Our community brings together Reformed, Holiness, Anabaptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic and other traditions. Our core theological convictions provide unity in the midst of our diversity. The NAE Statement of Faith offers a standard for these evangelical convictions.

Historian David Bebbington also provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying four primary characteristics of evangelicalism:

            Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a life long process of following Jesus.

            Activism: the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts

            Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority

            Crucicentrism: a stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity

These distinctives and theological convictions define us, not political, social, or cultural trends. In fact, many evangelicals rarely use the term “evangelical” to describe themselves, focusing simply on the core convictions of the triune God, the Bible, faith, Jesus, salvation, evangelism, and discipleship.