We believe the most effective method for making disciples as the church is through Gospel Communities on Mission. Gospel Communities are smaller groups of people who gather regularly throughout the week to study God’s Word together (Gospel), engage in everyday life together (Community), and serve in the city together (Mission) with the goal of making disciples as well as multiplying and sending out more Gospel Communities.
The Gospel is the good news that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the effects of sin and create a new humanity. The Scriptures reveal that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We believe this is the most beautiful and powerful message in the world. We seek to center all we do around this truth. As a gospel-centered church, we desire to proclaim the Gospel clearly, consistently, and compellingly as we apply it to every aspect of life. (1 Corinthians 15:1-12, 9:16-23)
The Gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced. This power shapes a new kind of community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him and adopted into His family. This family of God, known as the Church, is continually being renewed by the transforming power of the gospel and is represented by a people rather than a place or a building. Throughout the Scriptures, we see God’s purpose has always been to have a people of his own possession, to whom and through whom He will reveal His glory to the world. (Romans 1:16, 5:10; Galatians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:6)
We believe the Church is being sent by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus throughout all the nations of the world. Our mission is to see God’s fame spread as the world experiences God's grace through the words, service, and compassion of His people. At Emmaus Church, we seek to live out this mission in our daily lives as ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality. As a church we do this together by welcoming people into the life of our community and serving those in need throughout the city. (Matthew 28:19-20, 5:14-20)