Immanuel's Reformed Church (IRC) is a member congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA). We are located in Salem, Oregon.
IRC's first service was held on December 22, 1991. Seventy-five people attended this initial worship service with much praise and thanksgiving to our God for his faithful care.
Our theological heritage goes back to the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation and we seek to continue that Reformation teaching still today at IRC. We believe that the Bible alone is God's true word from our lives and that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Immanuel's Reformed Church is a member church of the United Reformed Churches of North America. There are over 119 congregations in the URCNA and counting. It is our desire to remain true to the teachings of the Bible and to honor and glorify our heavenly Father in everything we do. To find out more about the United Reformed Church Federation, please visit the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) website.
THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is the true Word of God. It is without error because while it was written by men yet they wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible has supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons, each equal in divine perfection. They have distinct yet harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is an infinite and personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, mercy and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the lives of all believers. Through his grace, He saves from sin and condemnation all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe that His perfect life of obedience is imputed (credited) to believers by grace through faith. While on the cross our sins were imputed to Him, and they were fully paid for by His sacrificial death (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the third day Jesus bodily rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven where he intercedes for His people and from there he will visibly return to judge the world and gather all those who believe in Him.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit comes forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, its need for righteousness and the coming judgement. He regenerates the elect and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer. He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
All mankind are sinners by nature and by choice. All are under condemnation by a Holy God. But, those who through God's grace repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior are forgiven their sins. They avoid condemnation and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper as a commemoration and visible proclamation of his death. The Lord's Supper is a means of grace, uniting partakers in the bond of the Spirit. Christ also commanded us to administer baptism to believers and their children. God includes the children of believers in His covenant - all of God's promises are for them as well as us.
All believers are to live for the glory of God and are to be concerned for their fellow men. We are called to be Christ-like in all actions, striving to be blameless before the world and faithful stewards of all God has given us.