What We Believe
EMANUEL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (www.elca.org).
WE AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING BELIEFS…
We believe in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We confess God as Father and Creator of the universe.
We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, human beings can be reconciled to God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps the whole Christian Church on earth.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the church's proclamation, faith, and life.
We believe that all human beings are born in sin and cannot live the life God intends for us on our own. We believe that we are justified by grace through faith on account of Christ.
We understand that God comes to us through the Means of Grace, the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. Through them, God helps us understand and receive the benefits of a relationship with Him. God graciously speaks to us through the Law, what we need to do; and the Gospel, what He has done for us.
We welcome and encourage all baptized Christians who have received some instruction on Holy Communion and believe that Jesus is present and the forgiveness of sins takes place to commune with us during worship.