Our Beliefs

Emmanuel bases its beliefs on the Bible, God’s Word, and agrees with the expression of Biblical truth found in The Baptist Faith and Message.

Here are some key excerpts-

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel;

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Our History

In Spring of 1958 home Bible studies began with several families. Glenwood Busbee came as Mission Pastor in July, 1958, and remained until June of 1959. Under his leadership the first Sunday School and worship services were held in the old Assembly of God Building at Third Ave. and Fourth St. SE. In 1959 a house was purchased as a parsonage and worship services were held there led by Southtown Baptist Church (Minneapolis) laymen.

In December, 1959, Bill Williamson was called as pastor. He served until July, 1964, when he resigned to enter full-time chaplaincy at the Mayo Clinic. While he was pastor the church was officially constituted, services were moved to North Hall, Mayo Civic Auditorium, and in 1960 the church purchased 2.5 acres at 2911 18th Ave. NW. Ground breaking for a building was in 1961, and it was occupied in June, 1962.

Over the years we have had nine other pastors. In 1975 a larger sanctuary was built and the first service held there was in 1976. A 10,000 sq. ft. education building was built in 1991, with an additional education building added in 2000, and the sanctuary was remodeled at that time. Special ‘Together We Build’ programs were held to raise money for the constructions. The parsonage was remodeled in 2005 and opened as the Baptist Hospitality House, currently managed by the Serenity House Network.

Emmanuel has provided English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for over 30 years. Hundreds of IBM, Mayo, and other employees and their spouses have improved their English skills while socializing with other ESLers from around the world.

Several mission congregations have been sponsored by Emmanuel. They include Island Park Baptist Church, La Crosse, WI, congregations in Austin and Byron, and Hmong, Lao, and Hispanic groups which currently meet in our building.

Emmanuel Baptist Church associated from its beginnings with the Southern Baptist Convention. We also associate with the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, and the Pioneer-Western Baptist association.

Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
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