Who We Are
Emmanuel Church exists to see people come to Christ and grow in Christ. We focus on sharing the love of Jesus, presenting the truth of God’s Word to all who attend in the hope that they will open their heart up to Him, and guiding them to grow in their faith as followers of Jesus. All people matter to God, so all people matter to us.
Emmanuel began as Emmanuel Baptist Church in 1977 by founding pastor, Jim Devney. The church began in a living room in downtown Greenwood on Easter Sunday with 18 people in attendance. It later moved to the Johnson County Sports Day Camp in Franklin but quickly outgrew the facility. Emmanuel then relocated to the Faith Baptist Church building on Stones Crossing (where the new Goodwill Store is now located). The current property was purchased and our first services at the Greenwood Campus were held at Christmas in 1982. Pastor Jim retired from Emmanuel in 2006.
Danny Anderson, who was Emmanuel’s high school pastor at the time, became the senior pastor in 2006. At our Greenwood Campus, the church evolved through the addition of The Fieldhouse (2003), remodeling of our auditorium (2010) and of our main lobby, entrances and e-Café (2012).
In August of 2013, Emmanuel became a multi-site church—one church with multiple locations. Our Banta Campus opened its doors in August of 2013, and our Franklin Campus was launched in a temporary location at Franklin Middle School in November of 2015, with the hopes of having a permanent location in the near future.
Weekly attendance is nearing 4,000 over all of our campuses, but more importantly to Emmanuel, hundreds of people are coming to Christ each year, and thousands are taking their next steps to grow in Christ. We give God the glory!
Our vision is to see people come to Christ and grow in Christ. We seek to reach the thousands of people in our area who are far from God and who have written off church as boring and irrelevant.
As a church, our methods may change, but our beliefs remain constant. We believe:
- The Bible is flawless, and God gave the words directly to its authors. These words have been preserved and handed down from generation to generation, and it is God’s way of speaking directly to us. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) The Bible relays a history of people and events that literally happened. This includes the creation of the world in 6 days, the worldwide flood, the existence of heaven/hell, and the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Genesis 1:5-23; Exodus 20:11)
- There is one God, and He is made up of three separate people: the Father (God), Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 2b; Deuteronomy 6:4) This is referred to as "The Trinity." Jesus Christ entered the world as a baby, born to a virgin named Mary. He lived a sinless life, and He paid the penalty for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross. He was buried, and after three days, he came back to life. After appearing to many, He rose to Heaven where He’s waiting until it’s time to return for those who’ve accepted His free gift of salvation. (I John 5:20) The Holy Spirit is given to a person the moment he personally believes and receives Jesus into his heart. The Holy Spirit remains with the believer and provides guidance, conviction, correction over sin, and restoration. His desire is to fill and control every life that is fully yielded to Him. (Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
- Every person is born a sinner and begins life separated from a perfect God. In order to gain access to God and Heaven, a person needs a perfect sacrifice (Jesus) to cleanse them from sin. (Genesis 1:3; Romans 1:18)
- Salvation is a free gift of God offered by His grace, and it is not accomplished through good works. Any individual can receive the free gift of salvation by placing faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. (John 6:29; Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Satan is real, and he desires to build his kingdom by tempting and enticing as many people as possible away from God. We believe Satan and his demons will eventually be destroyed by God in Hell. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ephesians 2:2, 6:12)
- A person is saved forever once they enter into a relationship with God. He can never become “lost” again. By God’s power, the person’s eternal future in Heaven is secured forever. (John 10:27-28; Romans 5:10)
- Every believer should be baptized as a step of obedience after they receive Christ. By being fully immersed in water during baptism, a person is publicly identifying with the ministry of Jesus and His death, burial, and resurrection. (Acts 10:47)
- There is a literal Heaven and Hell. (I Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 8:11-12, Revelations 20:15)
- Jesus commands us to participate in communion until He returns for us. The bread and juice are symbolic reminders of His blood and body that were sacrificed for us on the cross. We believe communion should be a time of self-examination and confession of any known sins. (Matthew 26:26-29 & 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Emmanuel is a multi-site church—one church with multiple locations. We have grown to over 4,000 weekend attendees at three campuses throughout the greater Indianapolis area. These are: the Banta Campus in Indianapolis, the Franklin Campus and the Greenwood Campus. Becoming a multi-site church makes it easier to accomplish the mission of Emmanuel: to see people come to Christ and grow in Christ.
We hope you will be our guest at one of our campuses this weekend!
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