Frequently Asked Questions
What are your services like?
There will be no expectations of you (no “visitors stand up”) and there is no need to give when we take the offering. The main two elements of our services are singing and teaching. Our services typically last for about an hour and fifteen minutes. They vary from one service to another; the two services on Sunday are completely different in content. We are striving for blended music and worship at every service as we seek to praise God. Pastor Eric will preach and teach from the Bible in an understandable and practical way. His strength is applying what the Word of God says to our lives personally. Examples of some Sunday morning series and messages are When and How to Forgive, Red Letter Christians (a challenge to live out the teachings of Christ), Bitterness and how to Defeat it, Knowing God’s Will Unleashing Your Faith and Impacting Your World etc… Wednesday evening is a Bible Study, where Pastor Davis expounds the Word of God in a teaching format following either subjects or a verse by verse study. Some examples from the past are the Life of Christ study, How to Study the Bible for Yourself and a series on the books of Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians, 2Peter, and 1 Thessalonians.
What do I wear?
To put it simply, we have a diverse congregation at every service. Whatever is comfortable for you is comfortable for us. However you dress, you will probably see folks dressed just like you. There is certainly no dress code; we care more about you than about what you wear.
What about my kids?
One of the Core Values of Emmanuel is to support of families. Part of this value demands that we minister to children and show them the love of Jesus. We provide a clean and safe nursery environment for newborns through 4 years old at every service. We also have some awesome programming for children grades k-6 during our Sunday morning Worship and Wednesday evening Bible Study. Our Nursery, Children’s, and Teen Sunday School Classes are located to the left of the main entrance and down a short flight of stairs.
How do I become a member?
The Bible teaches that a local church is made up of “saved”, baptized believers. So then, the first step toward membership is to meet with a member of our pastoral staff, with the determination to give your testimony and evidence of or need for baptism. Because of this in order for a person to be considered for membership, he or she must have a clear testimony of salvation. That means simply, that you have come to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and deliverance from sin and trusted in Christ alone to secure your eternal destiny in Heaven. Following this understanding and trusting of Jesus as your savior, you must then be immersed in water baptism with the clear grasp that this baptism is symbolic of what Christ has done for you, and declarative in that you desire to follow Him. Baptism must be done by the authority of a local church of like faith or by Emmanuel as need dictates. To become a member of Emmanuel also means that you would affirm our Statement of Faith.
I have teens and Jr. High kids, what is there for them?
We have an active Youth Ministry for students in Jr. and Sr. high school. Group meets on Saturday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm weekly. They also have a Sunday Bible Class just for them that meets at the 9:30am hour. Every year during the last week in July we take the kids to a Bible Camp located in Wilmot NH, which is a highlight of their year.
Is your church accessible?
The short answer is yes! Our pastor has a daughter who has been in a wheelchair for most of her life and so we understand the needs of those with disabilities. The main entrance is at ground level as is the worship sanctuary. For the Fellowship Hall and Educational Wing of the building, we have a lift for those in wheelchairs and those that have trouble navigating stairs. If you have a need in this area please ask one of our greeters for assistance.
What about adults?
For adults we have several Bible Life Circles to choose from. They are open to anyone and can be joined at anytime. We also provide a Bible Life Circle for College and Career aged young adults. In addition to these classes we have an RU class for people that are struggling with addictions and stubborn habits. Many meet during the 9:30am hour while our children are in Sunday School other meet during the week or on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm.
What do you believe?
In a nutshell, we believe the Bible is a special book that is unlike any other. We believe that it was given to us by God through human authors. As our name suggests, we are Baptistic in doctrine. We find that the Baptist historical confession of faith to be Biblical in content and aim. An acronym has been suggested to summarize the Baptist Distinctives.
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith, which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture, do not carry Scripture’s inherent authority.
2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
Autonomy of the Local Church
The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church’s beliefs or practices. Autonomy does not mean isolation. A Baptist church may fellowship with other churches around mutual interests and in an associational tie, but a Baptist church cannot be a “member” of any other body.
Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5, 19, 23
Priesthood of the Believer
“Priest” is defined as “one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God.” Every believer today is a priest of God and may enter into His presence in prayer directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No other mediator is needed between God and people. As priests, we can study God’s Word, pray for others, and offer spiritual worship to God. We all have equal access to God—whether we are a preacher or not.
1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 5:9, 10
The local church should practice two ordinances: (1) baptism of believers by immersion in water, identifying the individual with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and (2) the Lord’s Supper, or communion, commemorating His death for our sins.
Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–32
Individual Soul Liberty
Every individual, whether a believer or an unbeliever, has the liberty to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm. No one should be forced to assent to any belief against his will. Baptists have always opposed religious persecution. However, this liberty does not exempt one from responsibility to the Word of God or from accountability to God Himself.
Romans 14:5, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9
Saved, Baptized Church Membership
Local church membership is restricted to individuals who give a believable testimony of personal faith in Christ and have publicly identified themselves with Him in believer’s baptism. When the members of a local church are believers, a oneness in Christ exists, and the members can endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Acts 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3
The Bible mandates only two offices in the church–pastor and deacon. The three terms—”pastor,” “elder,” and “bishop,” or “overseer”—all refer to the same office. The two offices of pastor and deacon exist within the local church, not as a hierarchy outside or over the local church.
1 Timothy 3:1–13; Acts 20:17–38; Philippians 1:1
Separation of Church and State
God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation. The government’s purposes are outlined in Romans 13:1–7 and the church’s purposes in Matthew 28:19 and 20. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. Christians in a free society can properly influence government toward righteousness, which is not the same as a denomination or group of churches controlling the government. Matthew 22:15–22; Acts 5:17–29
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