What We Believe - Emmanuel Church of Winston-Salem
Emmanuel Church of Winston-Salem
Emmanuel Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Baptist, Emmanuel Church of Winston-Salem
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What We Believe

The focus of our faith is the Lord Jesus Christ. We rejoice in the common bond we share with “all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:2). As a church, we are united together by fundamental doctrinal convictions that are summarized in a number of creedal and confessional statements. Our theology is best described as historic, reformed, and baptistic.

We believe that the core of our faith is summarized in the major creeds of the early church. These brief, concise statements of faith clearly spell out some of the most foundational Christian truths that we hold dear. We embrace the historic, orthodox understanding of Christian doctrine affirmed in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Chalcedon Confession.

Having affirmed the historic creeds, we have also purposed to covenant around a more extensive body of doctrine. Therefore, we affirm as our primary confession of faith a slightly modified version of the Abstract of Principles (1858). This historic Baptist confession lays out in a series of short articles many of the doctrines that we hold dear as a fellowship of believers.

We also identify broadly with the major Reformed confessions of the 16th and 17th centuries including the Westminster Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689. We understand ourselves to be in general agreement with these Reformed confessions, while maintaining baptist distinctives.

We are also a church that gladly cooperates with the Southern Baptist Convention. As such, we affirm the Southern Baptist Faith and Message 2000.