What We Believe
Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church:
A conservative Christian Church in northern Virginia preaching Christ Crucified
Dedicated to Holy Scripture, reverent in worship, and unapologetically Lutheran
Who are we?
- Immanuel — Hebrew for "God with us"; a term used for Christ in Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23
- Evangelical — Focused on the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus and the life found in Him
- Lutheran — Continuing the catholic tradition in the reformation movement associated with Martin Luther
- Church — Gathered for witness, mercy, and life together
We believe, teach, and confess:
- That there is one God in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- That every person is conceived and born in sin (original sin), and deserves temporal death and everlasting damnation for both original and actual sin.
- That Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, was truly crucified, died and was buried, and rose again in His body on the third day. He ascended into heaven, and will come again on the last day to be our judge.
- That a person is saved (justified) entirely by God's grace, through faith, which is created by the Holy Spirit where and when He pleases.
- To obtain this faith, God instituted the Office of the Holy Ministry (preaching office). Through the means of the Word and the Sacraments the Holy Spirit creates saving faith.
- Believers must do good works, but they are not to trust in them for their salvation.
- There is one, holy, catholic (Christian) Church, with Jesus Christ as her head.
- The Sacraments of Holy Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper are to be retained in the church.
- That the Augsburg Confession (of which the above items are a summary of the first thirteen articles) is a true and faithful exposition of Holy Scripture.
- The books of the Old and New Testaments are the true, inspired, inerrant Word of God.
- The rest of the Book of Concord is, like the Augsburg Confession, a true and faithful exposition of Holy Scripture, and we subscribe unreservedly to it.
For a simple understanding of our doctrine, we invite you to read the Small Catechism.