The teaching of Immanuel Bible Church is based on the Scriptures. Article V from our Constitution serves as our STATEMENT OF FAITH, and it reflects those doctrines that the elders and congregation consider essential to understanding, teaching, and practicing God’s Word. It is based on an interpretation of the Scripture that is:
Normal - understanding the words of Scripture in their common usage unless otherwise indicated by the context.
Literal - understanding the meaning of Scripture in its ordinary sense unless the context requires a figurative interpretation.
Grammatical - using the recognized rules of grammar to interpret the text.
Historical - understanding the words of Scripture in the context of the times in which they were written.
Systematic - categorizing and comparing the teaching of the Scriptures with the whole of Scripture in view.
Origins We believe that God spoke the heavens, the earth and all living things into existence in six days. God directly created the original kinds of plants and animals and ordered them to reproduce after their kind. In its original form, the creation was very good and untouched by sin. Man is unique, created in the image of God, and did not originate from any other living thing (Genesis 1-2; Gen 5:1-2; Gen 9:6; Exodus 20:11; Psalms 33:6-9; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).
We believe that the Lord gave two ordinances to the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is for believers and is a public testimony of faith in Christ in obedience to His command (Matthew 28:19). Baptism identifies the believer with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
The kingdom will end in rebellion against Christ and His people (Revelation 20:7-9), but the rebellion will fail in the face of Christ’s victory over Satan and all who oppose Him (Revelation 20:9-10). The unbelieving dead of all time will then be raised and given eternal bodies to face God in final judgment (Revelation 20:11), after which they will be thrown into the lake of fire to eternal torment (Revelation 20:15). Believers will enter a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-22:6) prepared for them to enjoy perfect, everlasting fellowship with God.
Read the Constitution and Bylaws (includes the Statement of Faith)