What do the members of Immanuel Lutheran Church believe?
The BIBLE is in every part the inspired Word of God without error or contradiction and that Scripture is God’s authoritative Word for today.
GOD is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
MAN was created by God, and was made perfect with body and soul, but fell into sin and separated himself from God. As a result, all people need to be rescued from their sinful condition through the merits of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
JESUS CHRIST, God “in the flesh” (John 1:14), came to this earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life for us, took the punishment for our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross, and rose again bodily. Through this sacrificial gift of love, He guarantees salvation, peace with God, and eternal life to all people who receive Him as their Savior.
SALVATION is a free “gift of God” (Romans 6:23) which cannot be earned by trusting in the good things we have done, but rather by trusting only in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. The question, “What must I do to be saved?” is answered clearly: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31).
SAVING FAITH is created and sustained by the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts (Ephesians 2:8). He works through the Means of Grace…the Word of God, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT enables us to live victorious lives with His fruits (Galatians 5:22-23) and gifts for the glory of the Lord Jesus.
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS, accompanied by the resurrection of the dead and final judgment, may be anticipated with joy and confidence by His forgiven people.
Immanuel Lutheran Church confesses the faith of the Church through history as expressed in the words of the Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds that summarize our shared Christian faith as revealed in God’s Word. If you want to dig deeper into the Lutheran Confessions you can purchase Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation or find the catechism itself online. You can also dig even deeper with a Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord. You can also find the text of The Book of Concord online.
If you have questions about our congregation, the Christian faith, or the doctrine of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod feel free to contact us anytime. Whether you stop in, give us a call, or send us an email we would love to help get your questions answered.