What We Believe

What We Believe

WE BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY TRUE GOD IS THE TRIUNE GOD; ONE GOD WHO SHOWS HIMSELF IN THREE DISTINCT AND SEPARATE PERSONS.

  • The Father, who creates and preserves all things.¬†(Hebrews 11:1-3)
  • The Son, who redeems the world by His perfect life, death and resurrection.¬†(John¬†3:16, John¬†5:39; Acts¬†4:12)
  • The Holy Spirit, who brings and keeps people in saving faith in Jesus Christ, who grows and matures us that we live lives that make a difference for the sake of the kingdom.¬†(1 Corinthians 12:3).

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD DESIRES ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED AND KNOW THE TRUTH.

  • God loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other.¬†(Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3, 4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John¬†4:16)
  • We are sinful at birth, alienated from God, and must be born again in faith.¬†(John 3:1-8; Romans¬†3:23; Colossians¬†1:21; Ephesians 2:1-5).

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD SO LOVED PEOPLE THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY SON JESUS TO RESCUE US FROM OUR LOST CONDITION.

  • Jesus Christ is both God and man.¬†(1 Timothy 2:5-6; Colossians 2:8,9)
  • Jesus gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, resulting in our forgiveness and acceptance before God the Father.¬†(Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians¬†5:21)
  • Those who believe and are baptized will be saved.¬†(Mark¬†16:16; Romans 10:9,10)

WE BELIEVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT BRING US TO, KEEPS US IN, GROWS AND MATURES US IN SAVING FAITH THROUGH GOD'S WORD, HOLY BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER.  

  • We cannot believe in Jesus or come to Him without the assistance of the Holy Spirit.¬†(1 Corinthians 12:3)
  • God‚Äôs Word is true, powerful and has the ability to change lives.¬†(Romans¬†10:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews¬†4:12)
  • Through baptism the Holy Spirit offers all people new life, and makes us God‚Äôs children.¬†(John¬†1:12,13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts¬†2:38)
  • In Holy Communion, Jesus offers believers His body and blood under forms of bread and wine for Christians to eat and drink.¬†(1 Corinthians10:16,17)¬†
  • In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins and increases the depth of their faith.¬†(Matthew 26:27,28; John 6:54-58; 1 Corinthians¬†11:26)

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THE CHURCH GOD EQUIPS, EMPOWERS AND SENDS BELIEVERS TO SERVE HIM BY SERVING OTHERS AND SHARING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS. 

  • God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which He expects His children to do.¬†¬†(Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter¬†4:10; Romans 12:3-21)
  • It is not good for people to live in isolation. God intends for us to share His love with nonbelievers and believers alike through intentional relationships.¬†(Genesis¬†2:18; Galatians 6:9,10; Hebrews¬†10:25)¬†
  • The Christian faith is best lived in close relationships with other people¬†(Proverbs 27:17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:9-13)
  • Our greatest purpose in life is to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus their Savior.¬†(Matthew 28:19,20; John¬†20:30,31)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church is a member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

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