Knowing Jesus and making Him known 

  • We acknowledge the sovereignty of God and seek to worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit, recognising that “man’s chief end is to worship God and enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Catechism)
  • We seek to honour God at all times in our private lives and in our public witness. Our desire is to be worshippers who “worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).
  • We believe that worship involves two-way communication between us and God and so we make space within times of worship to hear what God is saying to us through the Holy Spirit.
  • We desire to build a community where the tangible presence of God is welcomed and experienced by all:  “...he will restore us, so that we might live in his presence” (Hosea 6:2); “in his presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).From that place, God will enable, equip, empower and guide us by the Holy Spirit, in all our relationships, helping us to be loving, effective and fruitful in all we are and do as followers of Christ, including ‘making Him known’ to those who, as yet, don’t know Him. Our desire is to see God’s Kingdom – in all its dimensions and fullness – established here ‘on earth as it is in heaven’. (Matt. 6:9-10)
  • As the Body of Christ, we seek to grow more like Jesus by applying His word to our daily lives.  “We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church” (Ephesians 4:14).
  • We recognise that God loves us and wants to bring His followers into experience all that is involved in sonship and friendship. “I no longer call you slaves... Now you are my friends...” (John 15:15) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
  • We acknowledge the need to understand the Great Commandment to love God (Matthew 22:37) before we are able to fulfil the Great Commission to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). 
Emmanuel Baptist, 11/03/2020