Emmanuel Baptist Church is part of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. Below is a summary of the biblical doctrines we commonly hold as a church-
We believe in the verbal inspiration and total inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally given by God. These Testaments are solely-sufficient and are the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in one God in three persons, the Holy Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are co-equal, co-eternal, sovereign and active in creation, providence and redemption.
The Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in the essential deity and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men. We hold to His incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life and His all-sufficient atoning sacrifice upon the Cross. When Christ shed His precious blood, He made an offering once and for all for the sins of His elect. He was buried, bodily resurrected, and ascended to Heaven. We believe in His high priestly ministry and personal return.
The Holy Spirit:
We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating the sinner by leading them individually to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that they may be saved through faith in Christ’s atoning work on the cross. The Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies and empowers the believer, resulting in an increasingly holy life and character.
We believe in the personality of the Devil, his evil activity, and final doom.
We believe in the creation of humanity, male and female, in the image of God. Men and women are equal in value and complementary in role. We hold to the creation ordinance of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman (according to biological gender at birth). We believe in the entrance of sin through Adam’s disobedience leading to the fallen and totally depraved state of all humanity. Every man and woman is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, is unable to save self apart from the intervention of the Mediator Jesus Christ, and is responsible to repent and believe the Gospel.
We believe in personal election to salvation. Justification of the sinner is accomplished by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. We believe in the eternal security of the believer.
The Church is the body of Christ and is made up of those drawn from every tribe, language, people and nation throughout history who are added to it by the work of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The scriptural expression of the Church in the world is the local company of baptised believers gathered under the headship of Christ for worship, fellowship, instruction and evangelism. The Church is separated from all systems of belief that do not adhere to the Scriptures and are unfaithful to the gospel of salvation by grace alone. We practice the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. Baptism is the immersion of believers as a profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a symbol of their identification with Him in His death, burial and resurrection. The Lord’s supper is a remembrance of Christ by believers until He comes and a renewal of commitment to Him. We affirm the offices of elder and deacon, the gifts of evangelist and pastor-teacher, the priesthood of all believers and their unity in the Body of Christ. We believe in the separation of church and state.
The Future State:
We believe in the unconditional immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the physical body; the judgment of humanity by our Lord Jesus Christ; We also hold to the eternal joy of the believer and the conscious eternal punishment in hell of those who die impenitent.
The responsibility of all believers to obey and serve the Lord and to live self- controlled, upright and godly lives. The duty of each church is to exercise godly discipline in a loving and caring fashion.