STATEMENT OF FAITH
We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the Holy Scriptures and affirm the Faith as summarised in such historic statements of the Christian Church as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed; and in particular that:
There is one eternal God, who is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This God is loving and merciful, holy and just, the creator and sustainer of all things. God’s sovereignty encompasses creation, revelation, redemption and consummation.
God’s self-revelation inspired the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments so that they are entirely trustworthy and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.
Human beings are made in the image of God. They are created to love, worship and enjoy fellowship with God and have been entrusted with the stewardship of God's creation.
Through human disobedience to God, sin and death entered the world. All have sinned and are therefore guilty before God and under God's judgment. Sin separates people from God; it also brings brokenness to human relationships, disrupts the created order and distorts humanity's relationship with creation.
Jesus Christ is God's only Son from eternity and God incarnate. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and lived a perfect and sinless human life. He was sent to reveal God, to proclaim the reign of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to accomplish God's saving purposes.
Christ died on the cross for our sins as our representative and substitute. God raised him from the dead through the power of the Spirit and he is exalted at the right hand of the Father.
Salvation is the gift of God's grace through the death of Jesus Christ, and is available to all who repent of their sins and by faith receive him as Saviour and Lord. They are born again by the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God.
The Holy Spirit brings people to trust in Christ and repent of their sins. Through the Spirit's indwelling, God's people are enabled to live holy lives and are equipped, in the fellowship of the Church, to witness and work for Christ and to glorify God in the world.
The Church is the community of all Christian believers, who are joined by the Holy Spirit into one body of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head. The Church is commissioned by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear witness to the gospel of the Kingdom, making disciples of Christ from all peoples through word, deed and sign.
Jesus Christ, the Living Lord, will return in person as Judge and King to consummate God's kingdom. He will gather his people to enjoy eternal life in God’s presence, judge the world in righteousness, and renew creation.
All Emmaus lecturers sign a contract that they are in agreement with our statement of faith, but there may be things said by speakers that step outside of these values that are not necessarily the opinions of Emmaus.