Why We Exist As a Church

We Believe that God is using us to transform people to love Him through compassionate relationships by serving the world for His glory.

1. By allowing God to transform you, you become an agent of change for God to use to transform the world. 

The truth is that we currently live in a post-modern, post-church society that really doesn't see the relevance in the modern-day church. This doesn't mean that there is not a place for the church, rather, it means that the church has to become the very agent of change that Christ originally intended.

The current state of reception of the church by culture, has been the result of an institutionalization that led to an apparent state of apathy within the church and was reflected by many congregation that barricaded themselves from the ever-changing culture that surrounded them. Interestingly enough, Jesus warned the Pharisees of His time of the deadlines of keeping institutional religion and traditions for their own sake and survival in Mark 7:8-9.

“Disregarding the command of God, you keep the tradition of men.” He also said to them, “You completely invalidate God’s command in order o maintain your tradition.”

What is needed in the church is not just a revitalization of programming, but a redirection to a person, namely Jesus. When Christians seek God through prayer and His word and ask Him to transform them, they then become the change agents that God wants to use to change the world.

2. Allow God to use your distinctive gifts by first identifying them and then using them to touch the lives of those around you.

There has seemingly been a two-fold dilemma in the modern-day church. The first is that churches seem almost desperate to guilt their members into serving in programs just to fill an empty slot. When people are guilted into serving in a capacity that is not in their passion or call, the service rendered at best is half-hearted and insincere at worst. The truth is that there are numerous Scriptures to demonstrate that God calls people to serve Him by serving others.

3. Love others unconditionally, through genuine, authentic relationships.

The real challenge is not just being part of a church, but being a genuine Christian loving other people unconditionally. The truth is that we were raised in a world where people interact with each other on a conditional level. However, when it comes to God and His people, the requirement to love others despite how they treat us is a command not a request.

The truth is that most people hide behind a mask with their lives. Often the charade in life is that we present what we want others to see rather than showing them who we really are because we are so afraid that we will be rejected if they see the “real” us. However, we simply need to remember that God has already seen through the charade and has completely accepted us for who we really are. After we love ourselves for who we are, then we can love others and ultimately love God.

True love is never formed in a vacuum and it is never to be hoarded like we do riches and wealth. Rather, we are loved by God so that we can share and show that love abroad to others. Most of the world is literally dying to see authentic love given unconditionally through the most ordinary of circumstances. We have been given the supreme privilege of showering the world in loving relationships that will change and transform the destiny of literally millions of people throughout the world.

4. Realize that by serving others, you are serving God and bringing Him the glory and honor.

We have come full circle in our realization that the world needs to hear less of our words and see more of Jesus’ love through our acitons. According to Acts 1:8 and thorught the passages given above, Christians are not called by God to build fortresses to protect and provide a comfortable culture of Christianity. Instead, Jesus is sending us out as the very bearers of the good news and catalyst for true transformation and change.

Matthew 10:16 - “Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be shrewd as serpents and harmless as doves.”

Vision Statement

To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community and throughout the world. 

Mission Statement

Immanuel Baptist strives to experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers by helping people and the community experience a growing knowledge of God and man. Immanuel Baptist seeks to be a church that is Christ like in our daily living by responding to God in obedience to Him.