God’s Grace in your Suffering

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Dr. David Powlison died on Friday, June 7, 2019. If you don’t recognize his name, he left behind a trove of books, articles, and lectures on the Christian life for you to learn and apply. Dr. Powlison was the Executive Director of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), a faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary, and the Senior Editor … Read More

Looking Back, with Winnie Minear

Winnie MinearChurch Blog

I was born September 14, 1951, in Maryville, Tennessee, the fifth of six children. My family moved to southeast Iowa when I was three where we lived on a farm. In 1958, we moved to eastern Florida to Vero Beach when I was in the second grade and I finished elementary, junior high and high school there as well. I … Read More

Family Worship

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Starting on Wednesday, June 5th, the 3rd summer of Family Worship begins. Family Worship is a weekly gathering dedicated to inter-generational worship and community missions. We are serious about spending our lives around God’s Word and prayer, and sharing the Gospel with neighbors and friends. Every Wednesday, June through August, Family Worship will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 … Read More

Baby Dedications

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Do you remember show and tell in elementary school? On Friday afternoons each student held up a prized possession from home, told what it was and how they got it, then passed it around the class for closer inspection. Some may think that baby dedications are a church-styled show and tell, but that is far from the point. What is … Read More

Puritan Thomas Brooks on Christian Humility

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Satan’s Device: “Satan hath his devices to destroy the saints; and one great device that he hath to destroy the saints is, by working them first to be strange, and then to divide, and then to be bitter and jealous, and then ‘to bite and devour one another’ (Gal. 5:15). Our own woeful experience is too great a proof of … Read More

Foundations: Bible Truths for Christian Growth

Jonathan WhiteChurch Blog

Beginning May 5th, Immanuel Baptist Church will offer a Sunday morning class for individuals who are new to the church and young in their faith. The Foundations class is a great place to begin learning about the Christian faith and exploring what the Bible has to say about your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our intentions are to walk … Read More

Mission RVA: That We May Serve

Paul DreillingChurch Blog, Events

Next weekend, Immanuel’s Spring Missions Conference will focus on local ministries and outreach. How fitting that we can set aside the weekend following the celebration of how Christ gave up his life for us, to encourage each other to give ourselves in service to others.  We have picked for our theme, “That We May Serve.” As Jesus said, “The greatest … Read More

2019 Shepherds’ Conference Highlights

Mike Srisam-angChurch Blog

“The mission of the Shepherds’ Conference is to provide the opportunity for men in church leadership to be challenged in their commitment to biblical ministry and to find encouragement together as servants of the chief Shepherd.” This year I had the privilege of attending my fourth Shepherds’ Conference. It was from March 5-8that Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. … Read More

What is a disciple-making church?

Jon DillonChurch Blog

What is a disciple-making church? Towards the end of February, I attended a seminar held at Grace Church of Mentor, in Mentor, Ohio, and it was called “Sustaining a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church.” The pastor, Tim Potter, led the seminar, and his approach was not to give a lecture on discipleship but to testify of what God had done in … Read More

New Faces in the Office

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Creative Director  Sara Bunn will join Immanuel’s staff on Monday, April 1st, as Creative Director. For the past four years, Sara has managed the church social media pages. In addition to these, Sara will oversee Immanuel’s website, mobile app, church-wide email, and printed publications. We are blessed and thankful for Sara’s talent on our staff.  Sara enjoys serving the church in this … Read More