Our Beliefs

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we subscribe to the statement of belief as posted on the ELCA website as it reads.

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

Teaching for a life of faith

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”

In addition Immanuel has adopted the following Purpose Statement:

God’s purpose for Immanuel Lutheran Church is, a family empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim Christ's love to all.

Guiding Principles:.

  1. Jesus is Lord and Savior.
  2. We will follow where the Holy Spirit leads.
  3. We will boldly witness and proclaim the good news of Jesus.
  4. We will faithfully worship, administer the sacraments, be persistent in prayer, and minister to those in need.
  5. We will reach out and welcome all to our church family.
  6. God owns everything.

These are the principles that we use to guide our ministry at Immanuel.  It takes a lot of faith, prayer, love, boldness, and work to live up to this purpose statement and principles.  With God's help we can do it.

  July 2020  
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