What We Believe

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), a body of believers numbering approximately 6,000  congregations with nearly two million members.  For more on our Synod's shared beliefs, please visit the LCMS website.

In addition to our shared synodical beliefs, the preamble to Immanuel's constitution and bylaws provides the following guidance that we as a congregation try to live out on a daily basis:

It is the will of the Lord Jesus Christ that His disciples should preach the Gospel to the whole world.

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."  (Mark 16:15)

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

That Christ's mission for His Church might be carried out according to His will, He has commanded that:
Christians unite in worship 

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Practice fellowship with one another

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Witness to all men 

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8) 

Help each other grow in the Word 

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of stature and fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and from by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Ephesians 4:11-14)

Serve the needs of all men in Christian love

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.  Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men."  In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?  He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of stature and fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and from by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:7-16)

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you.  But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slaves to all. (Mark 10:42-44)

"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

Administer the Office of the Keys as His Church

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you."  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them, if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld." (John 20: 21-23)

"If you brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.  And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.  Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." (Matthew 18:15-20)

Maintain decency and order in the Church

But all things should be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40)

*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV¬ģ Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version¬ģ), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.¬† Used by permission.¬† All rights reserved.

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