Incorporated in 1956 as “Immanuel Baptist Church” of Bedford, the church exists as an independent congregation that is committed to historic Christian faith. Â According to the Gospel of Matthew 1:23, the name “Immanuel” is one of the names given to Jesus at his birth and means “God with us.” Â The church holds to the authority of the Holy Bible and the saving power of Jesus Christ. Â The church community promotes (1) faith in Jesus Christ, (2) a humble dependency on the Word of God as the sure foundation for faith and conduct, (3) joyful and engaging worship, and (4) a spirit of love and mutual encouragement.
Clifford McCabe, our present pastor, has been serving Immanuel Baptist Church since 1996. Â Pastor McCabe, who holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Interpretation, has made the focus of his ministry the teaching of God’s word, the Holy Bible.Â He believes the Bible has the answers to human problems and is able to change lives to the glory of God and the betterment of society.
It has been said that, if you are not educated in the Holy Bible, then you are not really educated all. Â Consider what the Psalm writer says: “The law that you gave means more to me than all the money in the world” (Psalm 119:72, TEV). Â The Apostle Paul counseled Timothy concerning the importance and value of the Bible in his own life. Â He said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. Â It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. Â It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT). Â May God grant you the desire to know him and to do his will.
Our services of Christian worship are open to the public and visitors are welcome. Â We are convinced that those who know God and honor him with their lives are the happiest and most fulfilled people in the world.
“People are like the grass that dies away;Â their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wildflowers. . . .But the word of the Lord will last forever.” Â 1 Peter 1:24-25