What Do We Believe?

Immanuel is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).  The LCMS teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God (the trinity) : the Father, Creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in victoryover death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.  The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

What is a “Lutheran”?

A Lutheran is a Christian who accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther who was the catalyst of the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.  The teaching of Lutheran and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases; Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace Alone:  Though each of us sin in the ways that we act, talk and think, God still loves us! He sent His Son, Jesus to forgive all of us. That is undeserved kindness…that is grace…God loving the unlovable and declaring... “it is by grace that you have been saved”. (Ephesians 2:8)

Faith Alone:  By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for us.  Those who hear and believe this Good News have the eternal life that it offers.  God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourself, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Scripture Alone:  The Bible is the basis of all faith and teaching. In God’s word He reveals what He wants us to do and not to do (Law) and (Gospel) what He has done for us in Jesus, dyingin our place and risingon the third day and by grace through faith, forgives us and saves us for eternity.