Why the name "Emmaus" Church?
It was on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24:13-35) that Jesus revealed himself as the fulfillment of Israel's story. It was in the presentation of Jesus as the fulfillment of Israel's story (The Gospel) that the disciple's traveling on the road to Emmaus hearts began to burn (vs. 32).
The revelation of Jesus on the road to Emmaus was not completed by preaching alone. In the story, we find Jesus at table with his disciples and it was in the breaking of bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized him (vs. 31). Similarly, at Emmaus Church, we believe the fullest revelation of Jesus cannot come by preaching/teaching alone but must be accompanied by radically inclusive table fellowship.
The Broken Can Burn Again
The disciples on the road to Emmaus were disoriented, dispairing, and broken-hearted. They could not comprehend how the one they believed was the messiah could be crucified. However, we find that in the presence of the risen Jesus, those who are broken can burn again. We want Emmaus to be the kind of place where those who are broken can burn again.