"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

I. God
There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Ex. 15:11; Isa. 45:11). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Ex. 15:11; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
  • God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe (Gen. 1; Ps. 19:1; Ps. 104; Heb 1:1-3).
  • God the Son is the Savior of the world. Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18; Lk. 1:26-35), declared His deity among men (John 1:14, 18; Matt. 9:6), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Phil. 2:6-11), arose bodily from the grave (Lk 24:6, 7, 24-26; I Cor. 15:3-6), ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11), and is at the Father’s right hand interceding for believers (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-18).
  • God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts of sin (John 16: 8-11), teaches according to the Bible (John 16:12-15), permanently indwells believers (Acts 5:32), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (I Peter 4:10,11).

II. The Scriptures
  • God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21).
  • Provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16-17).
III. Creation
  • The World– God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1; Rev. 4:11; John 1:2,3; Col. 1:16). Creation includes holy and fallen spirit beings- angels (Col. 1:16; Luke 20:35, 36; Matt. 22:29, 30; Jude 6).
  • Man– God created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation, every person is of dignity and worth, and merits the respect of all other persons (Ps. 8; Gen 1:27; 2:7; Matt 10:28-31).
IV. Satan
  • Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44), and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (II Cor. 4:3, 4), tempting saints (Eph. 6:11; I Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Gen 3:15; Rev. 20:1-10).

V. Depravity
  • Although man was created in the image of God, he fell through sin and marred that image (Rom. 5:12). He lacks any power to save himself (Eph. 2:1-3; John 1:13). The sin nature is transmitted to every member of the human race with the exception of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:23; I Peter 2:22).
VI. Salvation
  • The Meaning of Salvation– Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8,9).
  • The Way of Salvation– Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).
  • The Provision of Salvation– Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; 3:16; I John 2:1, 2). Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (I Tim. 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9; John 3:18).

VII. Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom
  • God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience (Eph. 2:4-6). These two Bible truths are in no way contradictory, but they are amazingly complementary in the great salvation so freely provided.
VIII. Sanctification
  • All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10: 12-14) at the time of their regeneration (I Cor. 6:11). They should grow in grace (II Peter 1:5-8) led by the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word (I Peter 2:2), and be conformed to principles of divine righteousness (Rom. 12:1, 2; I Thess. 4:3-7).
IX. Security 
  • All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Rom. 8:35-59).

X. Church
  • The Nature of the Church– A New Testament church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; I Cor. 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2: 41, 42).
  • The Autonomy of the Church– She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Eph. 5:23) and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isa. 8:20; II Tim. 3:16, 17). Governed democratically (Acts 6:1-6; I Cor 5:1-5).
  • The Perpetuity of the Church– Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matt. 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51), true churches have continued to the present and will continue until His return (Matt. 16:18; 8:20).
  • The Ordinances of the Church– Baptism by immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Christ (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4). The Lord’s Supper is a sacred sharing of the communion bread and cup by the assembled church (Acts 20:7) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19). Both must be administered by a New Testament church (Matt. 28:18-20).
  • The Officers of the Church– Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Phil. 1:1). Each church may select men of her choice to fill those offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-6; 20:17, 18) according to the divinely given qualifications (I Tim. 3:1-13). Pastors are authorized to oversee and teach churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7). Deacons are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries (Acts 6:1-6).
  • The Ministry of the Church–To fulfill the Great Commission of Christ to evangelize, baptize and instruct (Matt. 28: 19, 20).
  • The Fellowship of the Church– She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (II Cor. 11:8; Phil 4:10, 15,16) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Gal. 1:8, 9; I John 2:19). In associational matters, each church is equal (Matt. 20:25-28).
XI. Civil Authority
  • Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matt. 22:21). Christians should submit to government authority and obey all laws which do not contradict the laws of God. They should pray for and respect officers of government (Rom 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13, 17; I Tim. 2:1, 2). Civil authority should preserve for every citizen the free exercise of his religious convictions.
XII. Last Things
  • Return– Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto himself. His return is imminent (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 22:20).
  • Resurrections– After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the righteous dead in “the resurrection of life” and the wicked dead in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-29; I Cor. 15:20-28).
  • Judgments– Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; II Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).
  • Eternal States
    • Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3).
    • Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering for the devil, his angels, and the unredeemed (Luke 16: 19-31; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10-15).
The following expresses the preponderance of opinion among BMAA churches but is not mandatory for affiliation or as a test of fellowship.
  1. Belief in the premillennial return of Christ to earth, after which He shall reign in peace upon the earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6).
  2. Belief in two resurrections: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming; the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:6, 12- 15).

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