Elmbrook Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High He now is our High Priest and Advocate, and in the person of the Holy Spirit, He indwells the believer.
We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict, regenerate, seal, indwell, guide, instruct and empower for life and service.
We believe man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
We believe water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation or prerequisites for church membership. (This church shall practice believer’s baptism by immersion.)
We believe the true Church is composed of all such persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head and are now commissioned for the God-given task of proclaiming the gospel to every person. Only those who are thus members of the true church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. Every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal separation from God.
Communion at Elmbrook
Some call it Communion, others know it as the Lord’s Table or by another name altogether. However, across the centuries Christians have taken seriously the command of Jesus to remember his sacrifice on our behalf through the taking of the bread and the cup. At Elmbrook, we take communion together in the weekend worship services every six to eight weeks. We also offer communion at various times and places in other smaller expressions such as ministry events, home Bible study groups etc. As to who can participate, we invite anyone who has trusted Christ as their Savior to join. Regarding children, we offer a Communion Class for fourth and fifth graders along with their parent(s). This class is designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf.
Elmbrook Church Constitution
(as amended Nov. 2014)