Statement of Faith
The Bible of use for Emmanuel Baptist Church is The King James Version Bible. Also note that we feel that it is the Bible for the English-speaking people. The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for our statement of faith. We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, suffered and died on the cross willingly, and vicariously, was buried and rose again the third day and is sitting at the right hand of the Father where he is interceding for us.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who inspired the writing of the Holy Scriptures, and who convicts man of his sins. We believe in the second coming of Christ, the bodily resurrection and life everlasting. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, an this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into a covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We pledge, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian Love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; and to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also pledge to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our children. To seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk cautiously in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our promises, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, slander, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage. To use our influence to combat the abuse of drugs and the spread of pornography; and any life style contrary to scriptural teachings such as, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or same sex relations, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further pledge to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay. We moreover pledge that when we leave from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
On Sunday afternoon, March 3, 1963, a group of 47 people met in a Sloan Brothers Building located on Highway 29. That day these people prayerfully organized the Emmanuel Baptist Church with 41 joining by letter and 3 joining by baptism.
The church, led by "Preacher Buddy" Mullinax, met in this building only a few weeks. The present property was found and a down payment of approximately $3,000.00 was paid. On April 7, 1963 the church gathered in a tent on the new property. They worshipped in the tent for several months as it took awhile to raise the $32,000.00 for the 6 acres of land and the 3 bedroom brick house which later became the church parsonage.
In November 1963 the 30' x 70' block building was built and for 8 years this was the actual sanctuary. Preacher Buddy Mullinax remained as pastor of the church until November 1965. Then the church called Brother J.D. Dunn who pastored until August 1970. Following this, the church called Brother Roger Clark as pastor and under his leadership the present 400 seat auditorium was built.
During the 59 years of the church's ministry, the following men have served as Pastors:
|Pastor Buddy Mullinax (Founder)||March 1963 - November 1965|
|Pastor J.D. Dunn||January 1966 - August 1970|
|Pastor Roger Clark||August 1970 - March 1973|
|Pastor Harold Venable||August 1973 - November 1979|
|Pastor Buddy Mullinax||March 1980 - December 1989|
|Pastor Rick McClure||March 1990 - August 1993|
|Pastor Gary Tate||February 1994 - January 2000|
|Pastor Don Mullinax (Deceased)||September 2000 - April 2006|
|Pastor Shane Hull||February 2007 - Present|