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Emmaus City Church is becoming more like Jesus together in the city of Worcester by God’s grace alone through faith alone in King Jesus alone. We have been generously blessed by the love of God to to be an active blessing to all who call Worcester home. We embody this posture towards the city because that's Jesus' posture to the world.

Here are the historic and biblical views of God, humanity, Jesus, salvation, the Church, the city and creation that shape our beliefs

Core Beliefs

revealed through the Bible and passed down through generations as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God’s plan for the universe is to bring about, through Jesus, a transformed creation from which all sin, evil, injustice, suffering, and enemies of His steadfast love and justice will one day be removed. We look forward to when God will love, reign, and live with His multicultural family forever, and the wonderful knowledge of His glory and peace will fill the earth.

Genesis 1:1-2; Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 61; Micah 6:8; John 1:1-5, 9-14; Luke 4:18-19; John 13:34-35; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 7:9-12; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 21:1-7, 22-27; Revelation 22:1-5, 17

The Bible tells one story featuring a movement through creation, crisis, covenant community, Christ, and church to new creation. We receive the Bible as the inspired Word and story of God written through human authors and believe it to be true and trustworthy. We rest upon His gift of grace and salvation for us, and we submit to His leading as His Spirit directs and shapes our belief and behavior in community and in the city.

Proverbs 30:5; Luke 24:44-48; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

The universe is the good creation from the good communication of the living, loving, and perfectly good God. Human beings are created in the image of God, male and female together, diversity in unity, in order to love, worship, and obey God; to relate to one another in steadfast love, justice, and mercy; and to care for His creation in mutual service as we fill the earth with more image-bearers who give glory to Him and cultivate the potential of His creation.

Genesis 1-2; Psalm 33:6-9; Psalm 104:10-35; Isaiah 61; Micah 6:8

After God gave creation as a gift for us to cultivate with Him, humanity chose instead to reject God's peacemaking authority, and disobey His loving direction. And today, we continue to alienate ourselves from God, one another, and from taking care of His creation. The feeling and experience of life 'not being the way it's supposed to be' are the ramifications of sin, which can be defined by trying to be our own gods and managing good and evil on our own terms. This choice has infiltrated our cultures, economy, society, politics, and religious life, causing poverty, injustice, racism, sexism, etc., ultimately damaging all of God’s creation. In order not to receive the just judgment for all that we’ve done, we need God in His love and justice to save us, remove evil, and make all things new

Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 14:1-6; Isaiah 58; Amos 2:4, 6-8; Romans 1:21-32; Romans 2:1-4; Galatians 5:19-21

Though we are distorted by sin, humans are made in the image of God and He created us to be in relationship with Him. God loves and cares for His family across all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and has graciously come to us in His generous justice, mercy, and grace to save us. His arrival in Jesus is the defining moment in time and human history.

Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8; Romans 5:3-11; Romans 8:19-25; Galatians 3:28

Good News is that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Servant King who brings God's redemption, reconciliation, and restoration to the world. Jesus reveals what life in the Kingdom of God on earth was intended to be like between God and humanity, and between humanity and the world. He is the new Adam, the faithful Israel, and the Son of David God promised. And He graciously gave His whole life to doing justice, mercifully loving people, and walking humbly on this earth in a display of Immanuel - God with us. And even as we rebelled and killed Him, in His death on the cross Jesus took on our sin and the brokenness of the world, receiving the justice necessary so that we can be atoned for and reconciled with God by His grace through faith in Him. On the cross, Jesus entered into our suffering, defeating the powers of evil and accomplishing the reconciliation of all creation. King Jesus is the only One we can trust to resurrect our lives from the death spiral we've put ourselves and the world in. And in His bodily resurrection, He defeats death and showcases that humanity can and will be redeemed for our intended purpose on earth. In His ascension to the throne of God, we see that He is the only reigning King of kings and Lord of lords. And when He returns He will accomplish God’s good judgment, conquering Satan, evil and death, and removing all those who desire to be their own gods, as He reconciles heaven and earth and makes all things new forever.

Mark 10:45; Luke 19:10; John 1:1-5, 14; John 3:16-17; John 10:10; John 12:46; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:23-27; Ephesians 1:20-22; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 2:10-18; Hebrews 4:14-5:2; Revelation 22:1-5, 17

The Bible testifies to the Holy Spirit’s activity both in creation and history, empowering people by God’s grace for sharing and showing the Good News of Jesus with the world. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and judgment, leads to faith and repentance, and unites followers of Jesus in His Church, making real in them individually and corporately what He has accomplished. The Spirit gives gifts and power to proclaim and demonstrate the Good News, discern truth, pray effectively, and prevail over the forces of darkness. Throughout history, the people of God have been involved in giving God’s liberation, reconciliation, justice, mercy, and steadfast love to the world.

Genesis 1:1-2; Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-21, 23-24; John 20:21-22; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:17-21; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 1:27-2:11; Titus 3:4-7

The Church stands in continuity with God’s people in the Old Testament, called through Abraham to be a light to the nations; shaped and taught through the law and the prophets of Israel to be a community of holiness, compassion and justice; and redeemed through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring His reconciliation and restoration to the earth. King Jesus' multicultural Church exists to worship and glorify God in every area of life, and is commissioned by Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit to do justice, love, mercy, and walk humbly with God and others as we seek His Kingdom first and enjoy Him forever.

Genesis 12:1-4; Exodus 19:6-7; Isaiah 49:6; Isaiah 58; Isaiah 61; Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:2; Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:11-22; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 7:9-10; Revelation 19:6-9

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