What We Believe

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What We Believe

Below you'll find the central beliefs of our Christian faith, which underpin everything we do at Immanuel Church Bodmin.

If you have any questions or would like more information about what we believe, please drop us an email on info@immanuelchurchbodmin.org or give us a call on 01208 640079.

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God

There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the

Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love.

He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things

according to his sovereign will for his own glory.


The Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments

alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as

originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact

and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all

matters of belief and practice.


The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity

and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall

of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and

women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is

therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and

reconciled to God in order to know and please him.


The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with

authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing

God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and

in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He

intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.


Salvation

Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been

accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love

forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in

Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of

salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the

Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces

increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for

worship, service and mission.


The Church

The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are

saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers

who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the

administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for

evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by

mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only

where they are faithful to the gospel.


Believers’ Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Baptism of Christian Believers and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by

Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry

into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration

of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All

its blessings are received by faith.


The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in

righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be

welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new

and will be glorified forever.