We are part of the Church of England and look to uphold the biblical truths on which the Church of England was founded. The law of the Church of England says:
The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal.
We stand in the tradition of the Anglican Reformers of the 16th Century, who went back to the Bible and rediscovered some of the great realities of God’s plan of salvation (such as, that it is “by faith alone”, “by grace alone” and “in Christ alone”). We hear their call to go on reforming the church so that our life together is shaped by what the Scriptures teach.
Although we belong to the Church of England, first and foremost we belong to Christ, so Christians from any denomination are warmly welcome at Emmanuel.
We share our convictions with millions of other Christians down the ages and around the world today. We draw these convictions from the Bible. Here is a popular summary* of its central teaching.
- There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
- The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
- Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that every one is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; He was born of a virgin; His humanity is real and sinless; He died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
- Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
- Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
- The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit lives in all those He has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christ-like in character and behaviour, and gives them power for their witness in the world.
- The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
- The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to the eternal glory of the new creation.
* produced by the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).