Jesus is the foundation of all that we believe and do. We believe that the only way to know him is to understand what the Bible says about him. Immanuel Community Church is a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) affiliated church and is part of the Fort Collins Church Network, a partnership of 25 churches in the Fort Collins dedicated to furthering the Gospel of Christ.
At Immanuel we believe the call to "preach the word" is not an option, it is our obligation. We believe that Jesus requires our full attention and devotion as we go about our lives because He alone gives us life and truth. The Bible is all about Jesus and therefore gives us everything we need to understand who He is, and how to know Him. We often go through books of the Bible, verse by verse, and explore, not only ideas and doctrine, but also how to apply Truth in order to be more like Jesus. (2 Timothy 4:2, ESV)
We believe that worship is more than just showing up on a Sunday morning. We were created to worship God in everything that we do. That being said, one way that we choose to praise and worship our King is through music and singing. God has given Immanuel many talented musicians whose desire is to prepare hearts for hearing the Word of God. We sing many modern praise songs but you will also frequently hear fresh takes on classic hymns. An offering is taken up weekly and communion is taken on the first Sunday of every month as more ways to worship our Lord.
Our Basic Beliefs represent the most simple and foundational beliefs of Christian orthodoxy. They capture the basic contours of Christian theology. Anyone pursuing membership and baptism at Immanuel must agree with these beliefs.
- the Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.
- there is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- all things exist for the glory of God.
- all humanity—Christ excluded—is sinful by both birth and action.
- the deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.
- Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin.
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.
- there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment.
- only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.
Our Theological Distinctives mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will preach, teach and counsel on the basis of them.
God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God’s rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in God’s eternal decree of election. Though man is responsible for his sin, God is ultimately and entirely responsible for drawing those He would save unto Himself and overcoming their natural resistance to the gospel.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit speaking through the Scripture.
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value and are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our joy.
We believe that man’s greatest joy is found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of Him is one of the chief means by which He is glorified. For a more thorough treatment of these beliefs, check out our Statement of Faith.