Statement of Faith
At Emmanuel Christian Centre we unite around the beliefs of historic, biblical Christianity which also align with the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith. Although some concepts may seem complex for new believers, this page can serve as a helpful resource for those who want to know our foundational evangelical position.


For public teaching and consistency throughout the church we use versions of the Bible closer to word-for-word rather than paraphrase, such as the New King James Version (NKJV) and the Amplified Bible (AMPC). 

We believe in...

The one true God who lives eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;

 

The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world;

 

The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God - fully trustworthy for faith and conduct ‘when rightly divided by the Holy Spirit’;

 

‘The reality of hearing the voice of God, being led by the Holy Spirit

and fellowshipping with Him according to the authority of Scripture’;

 

The dignity of all people, ‘because’ they are made male and female in God's image to love,

be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement;

 

The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who was

born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin;

 

The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price

of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us ‘who accept the terms’ with God;

 

The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; His ascension

to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world;

 

The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ;

 

The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with

Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness;

 

The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers -

given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship

God and proclaim the gospel, promoting His justice and love;

 

‘The local congregation of believers who are committed to growing together in the

knowledge of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism

and Communion, pastoral care and discipline, and collective worship’;

 

The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who

will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and

eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth;

 

‘The gift of eternal life which is to come in fulness after Christ’s return, and the

opportunity to accept eternal life now which is knowing God personally’.

‘Quotation marks indicate emphasis or qualifying statement’.

Church Polity
Emmanuel Christian Centre (ECC) is an independent, evangelical church which means it is governed locally rather than being controlled by a national denomination. In practice, ECC operates a variation of congregational polity where governance is delegated to the ministers of the local Church Council. As in many other autonomous and free churches, directional leadership and overall responsibility is vested in the Senior Minister of the Church Council who is an accountable ‘primus inter pares’. Ministers, elders or deacons at ECC are to meet the biblical qualifications of 1 Tim 3:1-11, Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
The Church Council is also required to report to church members about finance and meeting our objectives. 
 
ECC is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and accredited by Churches in Communities International;
a member of the Free Churches Group. ECC meets the criteria to be recognised by these ecclesiastical bodies.


Churches Together
Although we may not agree with every doctrinal position of other member churches, we believe Jesus' prayer for unity is too powerful to disregard (John 17:21). For that reason we have taken the view that we can work together with sincere believers for the sake of the gospel in specific areas. In short, we cooperate with other believers where our Christian conscience allows but may not necessarily affirm all the views of the denomination to which they may belong. We're also not too proud to 'think' we have everything right either and therefore we cherish 'unity of the Spirit' until we reach 'unity of the faith' (Ephesians 4:3 & 13). That being said, our Christian persuasion will not allow us to revere icons, promote tradition above Scripture, or accept any other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Baptism
We teach and practice believers’ baptism. This is our understanding of the biblical position and we would actively encourage all who have a profession of faith, have counted the cost and demonstrated repentance towards God (Acts 2:38), to be baptised in obedience to Christ’s command. Baptism signifies and symbolises cleansing from sin, dying to the old life and being raised to new life through Christ. We do believe each person should make a personal decision at a rightful age; this too may include older children who call on the Lord (Acts 2:38-39) if they demonstrate saving faith. Baptism is usually undertaken in our main hall pool or other appropriate location such as a nearby lake.

The Lord's Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper is a continued sign of God’s grace to us, a reminder of the price that Jesus Christ paid, and a call to remember His return. It should be taken regularly by all who are in good standing with Jesus and His church. There is no 'supernatural' change to the bread and wine and it is a sacrament received by faith. It unifies God’s people and ought to demonstrate this when taken. The encouragement given for some not to participate is a key part of church discipline as it signifies broken communion with Christ and His church