Praising God and Serving People
Statement of Faith
- Immanuel confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Immanuel confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- We believe that we are justified (made right with God) by grace through faith. We are saved not by our own efforts but by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
- Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
- The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament 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. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
- Immanuel accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
- The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God. God’s Word reveals judgement and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- Immanuel accepts the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.
- Immanuel accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel.
- Immanuel accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
- Immanuel confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scripture and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.
- Through Jesus, God has given us two sacraments: Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).