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What We Believe

Immanuel is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America  (ELCA).


Lutherans are a diverse group of people, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity with God.  Members of the ELCA are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.


Lutherans believe in the Triune God. We are part of God’s unfolding plan.


When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.


When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.


When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.


The ELCA invites you into this community of Christian faith. Welcome!

Why Lutheran?

In the 16th century, what started as an academic debate escalated into a separation between the Roman Catholic Church and those who accepted Martin Luther’s suggested church reforms. “Lutheran” became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions. These beliefs comprise the essence of Lutheranism:

We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do;
Our salvation is through faith alone — a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation;
The Bible is the norm for faith and life — the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings: Grace alone. Faith alone. Scripture alone.

Statements of Faith

Lutherans believe in the Triune God.

God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants.

We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.

We are part of God’s unfolding plan.

When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere.

When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

Learn more about what we believe as a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).