Welcome to the website for Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma! Please take a few moments to explore our website and see what’s going on at IBC. If you live out of town and are visiting us via the web, I hope you will find this site to be an encouraging testimony to the wonderful things God is doing here at Immanuel. If you live in or around Shawnee, I want to invite you to visit us soon. When you visit, you will find:
- A loving congregation that will welcome you as our guest.
- Preaching/teaching that is challenging and centered on the Bible.
- Vibrant worship that communicates the word of God through contemporary choruses and hymns.
- A multitude of Sunday School departments and classes designed to help people of all ages in a variety of life cycles to establish and build relationships with one another.
Our goal at Immanuel is to bring glory to God by growing in His word, reaching people with the gospel, encouraging people in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and meeting the needs of others.
Before you explore our website further or continue surfing the web, let me ask you a question – If you die today, are you certain you would go to heaven? The only way to enter heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ. To find out more about having a personal relationship with Jesus and knowing Him as your Savior, click the link at the bottom of this page which says, “How to Become a Christian.” God bless!
Becoming a Christian is a personal choice. No one can make that decision for you. It doesn’t happen by joining a church or deciding to start living a good life. You don’t become a Christian by mentally accepting the teachings of Jesus Christ or by hanging around Christians and attending Christian meetings.
To become a Christian you must recognize that you are separated from God because of your sins. “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Without acknowledging your sin, you will die in it. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)
You must admit your sinfulness to God and ask His forgiveness. God has provided forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Romans 5:8) Becoming a Christian is receiving God’s gift of forgiveness and a new life.
It is receiving Christ into your life and turning your life over to His direction and control. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life.” (John 3:36) “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Would you like to make this choice? You can do so right now. Just pray: Dear God I know I am a sinner. I believe Christ died on the cross for my sin and then arose. I now confess you as Lord and trust you alone for my salvation. According to your Word I believe you and receive you by faith. Thank you for the free gift of eternal life. Amen.
Congratulations! You have just made the most important decision of your life. Talk with a pastor, Sunday School teacher or a trusted Christian friend about your decision. God Bless!