WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in the historical Chistian faith in teaching and content.
The publication, "TO BE A CHRISTIAN" is a short catechism of our core beliefs and practices.
WHY WE EXIST
We exist to worship the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Three persons - One God: co-eternal, co-existant, co-equal and yet ONE God, not three gods. One Lord, not three Lords. This is a mystery which we do not attempt to deliniate more than do the Creeds. We exist to love others and to help all people find their way back to God through the Lord, Jesus Christ.
This statement reflects both the Great Commandment [To Love one another as Jesus Christ has loved us], and the Great Commission [To Go and make disciples of all nations].
The Mission of Emmanuel Anglican Church is to love God and love our neighbors, without partiality, and by means of every good and rightful tool available to us; beginning at Seattle, Washington and then to the rest of the world, as the Lord leads us.
We exist to declare and demonstrate the good news of Jesus Christ, by the gifts and powers of the Holy Spirit, by the whole Bible (Hebrew and Christian scriptures), and by the life of the Universal Church, that God loves all people everywhere, and for that reason has sent Jesus Christ into the world to redeem all who will repent and place their trust in him.
We are dedicated to teaching the historical gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone who will receive it.
We are committed to offer ourselves as a community of refuge to everyone who desires God. Therefore, we devote our talents, resources and abilities to promote such a community that embraces the coming of the Kingdom of God, until Christ returns or calls us to himself.
We affirm Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord, and, join Him in calling all people to repentance from sin and full obedience to him. He has the right to require our obedience, and we have an obligation to obey him - but more than that, the Holy Spirit imparts and inspires the life of Christ within us by his indwelling and by the manifestation of his lifegiving power; called grace.
We hold to the historical credal statements of the Christian Faith, as seen in The Nicene Creed, The Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed, and we embrace and employ The Book of Common Prayer in our services, devotions and worship; both public and private
These missional goals will be carried out by means of regular church services, by teaching, and by gospel witness in word and deed, and by means of our core values being lived out in "Community."
These are as follows:
a. Sharing Jesus: based on three things
i. Authenticity of the Bible as God's Word and a perfect guide to life
ii. Relationships with Christian believers and all people
iii. The ongoing work of The Holy Spirit who prepares hearts to receive and share Jesus
b. Anglican faith rests on four pillars
i. Bible as the final authority in the life of the believer, above all other authoratative voices
ii. Tradition - i.e. ancient and historical, not local, reformed or modern
iii. Reason - Common sense, sound, rational, and cognative thought and understanding
iv. Experience - not personal experience, but the experiences common the the church throughout
its history. If one's personal experience is harmony with these, then it is acceptable.
i. The goal of discipleship is to become like Christ: in love, in character, and in grace.
ii. It involves shaping our live into Christlikeness by the Word of God, action and compassion.
Discipleship is the single goal of the church of Christ. He commanded us to raise up disciples.
iii. Discipleship included the process of teaching others how to love and follow Jesus Christ.
No one can become a disciple on their own. It takes a community of believers to do it.
iv. Discipling is best achieved by direct mentoring and personal interaction in peer groups
v. Discipling is based on sincere friendships, the work of the Holy Spirit, the Bible and the
Formularies established by the universal Church through the centuries - not denominational
distinctives but by the guidance of those many saints who preceded us in the Faith.
Emmanuel is not merely a place to meet for religious services, but is also a "community" of believing Christians who share their lives with one another.