OUR LUTHERAN BELIEFS

 

With the universal Christian Church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: 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 the ultimate victory over death and Satan, and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and the Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

 

Being "Lutheran", our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th Century. The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.

 

Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

 

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

 

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 them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

 

Visitors to this page may have heard this summer that the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted to open the ministry of the ELCA to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in "committed relationships."  The two largest Lutheran church bodies in the United States are the ELCA and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), of which Immanuel Lutheran Church is a member.  These recent decisions by the ELCA have saddened us as Immanuel Lutheran Church and the LCMS.  For further information, we encourage you to take a moment and visit the following:

 

Statement of the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response to these actions by the ELCA

http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=15620

 

LCMS address to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=15618

 

The International Lutheran Council (ILC) statement on homosexual behavior

http://www.lcms.org/pages/rpage.asp?NavID=15814

 

 

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