At Immanuel we believe that through the gospel we are given a new identity. Jesus taught his disciples to go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a vivid expression of someone being immersed into a new reality. When someone becomes a Christian, "Old things have passed away. Behold! All things have become new!"
Being baptized into the name of the Father means that we are God's adopted children. As sons and daughters of the Father, we live in the security of His love, and we care for one another like family.
In the Son, we are those who've been washed and cleansed from our sins. Jesus said of himself, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." As those baptized into Christ, we are servants of Jesus, and we serve Him by serving others.
Baptized into the Spirit, we are missionaries, empowered to proclaim the good news of Jesus. Acts 1:8 says, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
Based upon our identity in the Triune God, we want to live in light of who we are. This is the essence of discipleship: an ever-increasing process of growing to live out of our gospel identity.
- Family - We are God’s adopted children who care for each other as a family.
- Servants - We are servants of Jesus who serve Him by serving others.
- Missionaries - We are empowered and sent by the Spirit to proclaim the good news.