If you want to know more about the heartbeat of Emmaus and how we view “Church”, this would be a good introductory message for you. In this message, from the series “Jesus Changes Everything”, Pastor Vic talks about the practices of the early Church and challenges us to consider how we might live as the early followers of Jesus lived.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Emmaus! Emmaus is about people. We are more interested in building relationships and growing spiritually than we are in practicing religion or building an institution. In our gatherings you will find a diverse group of people from many different cultures, ages and walks of life, who are unified by our faith in Jesus. As a community of Christ followers we are committed to extending love and grace to everyone, just as it has been extended to us.
When We Meet
Times: Sunday @ 10am
COME EARLY and enjoy free coffee, juice, bagels, fresh fruit and donuts. This is a great opportunity to meet some people from the Emmaus community.
At Emmaus Church, we value authentic relationships. We want to be people who enjoy life together as we live out the mission of God. Therefore, we try to provide multiple ways for individuals to get connected within the community. You will find that fellowship events as well as small groups (we call them Life Groups) are a major part of our culture. There are also many opportunities to serve (in the church gatherings and in the community) with other people.
What To Expect
When you arrive you will be greeted by people who are genuinely happy to see you. Our service begins with engaging, live worship through music, followed by an expository message from the Bible. This means that we actually teach from the Bible, helping you to understand it and apply it to your life. All of this takes place in a casual and friendly environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can belong.
What about my kids?
While at Emmaus, your child will experience engaging, age-appropriate teaching, worship and activities, all developed to point your child toward a daily relationship with Christ. Find out more about our kids programs here.
How can I meet new people?
There are lots of ways to meet new people at Emmaus. You can join a Life Group near you or check out our events for opportunities to get involved. You could also come early on Sunday and enjoy free coffee, donuts and bagels as you meet new people.
What should I wear?
We encourage people to come as they are and to be comfortable. God is more concerned with our heart than our outward appearance. Most people dress casually at Emmaus.
What denomination are you?
Emmaus Church is made up of people from various backgrounds and traditions. We are a non-denominational church in Jacksonville, FL. Although we are not a part of a particular denomination, we are affiliated with a conference of churches known as Converge Worldwide.
What does Emmaus mean?
It is phonetically pronounced [eh-MAY-uhs] and comes from a story in the Bible found in Luke Ch. 24. In this story Jesus appears to two disciples that are walking from Jerusalem toward the village of Emmaus. As Jesus approaches the two men he finds them discussing the events surrounding his arrest and crucifixion. The men do not recognize Jesus and go on to say “we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” Although the men didn’t fully understand what was taking place and they had doubts regarding who Jesus was, Jesus walks with them and helps them to understand the truth.
We feel like this is a beautiful picture of how God treats us. Even during our times of struggle and doubt He is there and walks with us, even when we do not realize it. At the end of the story the men invite Jesus to stay with them and as they sit down to eat, Jesus gives thanks and breaks the bread. It is at this moment that their eyes are opened and they realize who He is. It is our hope that as we walk together on this journey, that God will teach us and open our eyes to His presence and truth.
To a large degree the “church” in America has fallen out of favor with the general public. We feel that it is our responsibility as Christ followers to be intellectually honest and to consider whether or not our own actions and teachings have contributed to this in any way. Although Truth should never be compromised, it is important to ask the question “what is Truth?”
Below you will find a series of messages that will help you understand how we have been wrestling with these things as a community. We don’t claim to have all the answers but we do believe that God does. It is for this reason that we are committed to Biblical truth above all else. We invite you to join with us on this Journey.
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