To Know Him
And to Make Him Known

Our sovereign God has been building His Church at Immanuel Baptist. We are a body comprised of people of all ages and coming from a variety of backgrounds, yet each one having something to contribute as we seek to magnify our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Immanuel's approach to ministry is shaped by our commitment to the doctrines of grace. Our objective can best be summed up as the out-working of the Spirit-given desire to know Christ and to make Him known in the Bloomington-Normal area and around the world. We seek to accomplish this goal according to a Biblical model of regular worship of God together, regular times of instruction in the Word of God, regular fellowship and caring for one another, and by consistently living our lives as a witness to Christ and the salvation that He alone can offer.

Pastor Keith Throop


1 Corinthians 1:27-31

"God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God -- and righteousness and sanctification and redemption  -- that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him glory in the LORD'."
This page was last updated: August 20, 2011
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The Bible teaches that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 3:23;6:23).  When it speak of the "wages of sin," it is speaking of what we deserve for having done wrong in the sight of God,  but it also teaches us about the "gift" of eternal life which we do not deserve. Thus God offers us freely through Jesus that which we cannot earn. He offers to do for us in Christ that which we cannot do for ourselves.

This is why Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and died on the cross, in order to save sinners like you and me. "God demontrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Will you put your faith in Jesus to save you from the punishment your sins deserve? He is willing to forgive you and give you eternal life if you ask Him. "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).

If you have asked the Lord to save you or want to learn more about the good news of salvation in Christ, please sign our guest book below and leave your email address. Or visit our forum and talk with Pastor Keith or another member of Immanuel.

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