Our Beliefs Center Around God’s Love
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is home to a family of people who gather together to celebrate the love God has shown us and to worship Him in the company of other Christians. We find comfort, joy, and a grateful heart in His merciful spirit, the gift of His Word, and in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Immanuel Lutheran is Part of the LCMS
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is a part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a traditional, confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States. LCMS confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20)
LCMS doctrine reflects the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther, as summarized in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. These teachings can be summarized into three phrases:
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.
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.
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.
The LCMS is affiliated with other Lutheran sister churches worldwide, including most members of the International Lutheran Council.
A Mission of Grace and Love
The LCMS Mission Statement is aimed at showing the love of Christ through our words and actions.
“In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.”
The Triune God
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 Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
The above information and much more about the Lutheran faith and beliefs can be found at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod website: https://www.lcms.org/about/beliefs.