People who come to Emmanuel often exclaim that Emmanuel feels different and special. What makes it special? Fr. Rob and Mo. Lyn gave a series of sermons that examine the principles that form the heart of the Emmanuel experience. These are below.
Emmanuel's 18 Points of Light :
Instead of a demand for uniformity, Emmanuel celebrates the unity of the Spirit expressed through a diversity of perspectives and gifts.
Instead of engaging in ego battles, the people of Emmanuel seek to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and together discern direction and mission.
In Jesus, God has come to us with great compassion. Therefore we proclaim a God of love, and seek to not use fear of God as a means of manipulation.
The apostle Paul reassures us that we are redeemed by God’s grace through Jesus Christ and not through the works of the law. We seek to extend that same grace to one another.
In seeking to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we value the insights of each member and look for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
All are welcome at Emmanuel.
Every feeling has an important message. Therefore we seek to respect each other’s feelings without judgement, while finding ways to express them in constructive ways.
Servanthood does not mean being a doormat. We treat others with respect and also respect our own needs.
Rather than a leadership approach that favors pathology (always looking for what is wrong), we seek to build on the strengths and resources that God has given us as individuals and as a community.
The people of Israel kept the faith through retelling stories of how they were saved and helped by God. The same is true for us.
Gratitude is the natural expression of our faith in a God of grace who gives good gifts. We seek to both model and encourage an attitude of gratitude.
To survive physically we need to both breathe in and breathe out. The same is true spiritually. We need to be nourished by what we receive from God, but also share that gift by making a difference in the world.
No gift or talent is better than another. They all come from the one Spirit for the building up of the body of Christ. Each person is of significant and irreplaceable value.
There are so many sources of discouragement and criticism in the world. We seek to encourage and build up one another.
In Christ, God has forgiven us, therefore we seek to forgive one another and not use guilt as a motivating force.
Rather than a top down model of leadership, we use a model of servant leadership that is collegial and supportive. Any person in the congregation could potentially be a source of inspiration for a new or revitalized ministry.
Colossians 1:7 says that “Christ in you” is the “hope of glory”. We seek to recognize that reality in one another.
Without a vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). We actively encourage the dreams and visions of the people in the congregation.