We affirm the great principles of the Reformation: Scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone. The word “Reformed” in our name, Emmaus Road Reformed Church, simply means “back to the Bible” and we want to be always reforming and conforming to the Word of God.
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)
Christ-Centered & Grace-Driven
To all who are spiritually weary and seek rest; to all who mourn and long for comfort; to all who struggle and desire victory; to all who sin and need a Savior; to all who are strangers and want fellowship; to all who hunger and thirst after righteousness; to all who will come–Jesus Christ offers to you his grace, and this church offers you its love.
We are Historic & Creedal
We believe the historic Christian creeds are a faithful summary of the Holy Trinity and the nature of Jesus Christ.
We are Reformed & Protestant
We believe that Scripture alone is our only guide for faith and life, that we are saved from sin and eternal wrath only by God’s grace alone, because of the perfect righteousness of Christ alone, which is received not by our goodness but through faith alone, and all this is according to the glory of God alone.
Three Forms of Unity
We subscribe to these key doctrinal statements of the Protestant Reformation.
The Heidelberg Catechism is written in a question-and-answer format to help explain biblical teaching to children and those new and old to the faith.
The Belgic Confession explains various biblical teachings. This confession stands as one of the best symbolical statements of Reformed doctrine.
Canons of Dort
The Canons of Dort is a five-point response to specific theological issues like the nature and extent of sin, election, atonement, grace, and justification.
A Brief Summary of Our Beliefs
The Bible consists of sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments; it is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God. It is our ultimate authority in all matters of faith and life, not the traditions of the church or the opinions of men.
THE TRIUNE GOD
We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; He is eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who are to be equally loved, honored, and worshiped.
“Sin is not something that is tangential or superficial, lying on the surface. The Reformed view is that the effects of the fall extend or penetrate to the core of our being. Our sin is something that comes from our hearts. In biblical terms, that means it’s from the core or very center of our existence” (R.C. Sproul). “We are completely dependent on God’s grace to intervene if we’re to be saved or do anything to please God” (Ephesians 2:1-10).
The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen in Christ lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the atoning death and resurrection of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
PRESERVING TO THE END
Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens come to believe in Christ as their Savior by the Word of God, they are born again, become sons and daughters of God, and will persevere to the end.
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
Justification is by faith alone, apart from works so no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through faith alone, we receive Christ along with His perfect righteousness and are thereby granted an eternal pardon.
COVENANT OF GRACE
God relates to His Covenant people in the Covenant of Grace, in which He promises that He will be our God and we, as well as our children, are His special people. Jesus Christ is the sole Mediator of the Covenant of Grace.
We participate in the Lord’s Supper each month; the bread and the wine are promised and portrayed as Christ’s broken body and shed blood for the remission of all our sins (Luke 22:19-20).
Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
DEATH IN CHRIST
At death, the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
THE SECOND COMING
Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
TO ALL NATIONS
The gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.