Immanuel Lutheran Church
Baltimore, MD   |   Worship every Sunday at 10am

What We Believe

The Lutheran Church is the oldest and largest Protestant Church in the world.  Its teachings are the teachings of the Holy Bible.

The Bible:
Lutherans teach that the Bible in all its words is the Word of God, the only revelation of God's truth on earth. The Bible is the source of its teachings, life and morals.

Lutherans teach that God is triune, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Lutherans teach that God made us and all that exists. He continues to preserve us and provide all that human beings need for this body and life. Originally created with pure holiness and perfect righteousness, through an act of disobedience our original parents lost this marvelous gift.  Ever since, human beings live in a condition of imperfection, with a broken relationship with God and fractured relationships with each other. Each person carries within a powerful self-centeredness that displaces God from a central place in one's life, and has the potential to destroy the good that could be done.

God's Law:
Lutherans teach that God has revealed His Law for us in the Ten Commandments.  The Law condemns all who transgress these Commandments. The Law cannot save sinners, but leads us to the knowledge of sin and an awareness of our need to repent (i.e., to change our minds and our ways).

Lutherans teach that every thought, word, and deed contrary to God's Law is sin; that every human being is a sinner from birth; that all evil in the world is the consequence of our sinning; and that all sin calls forth God's wrath and judgment.

Lutherans teach that repentance is acknowledgment of and sincere regret for sin, a willingness to make amends, and a trustful appeal to God for forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Savior:
Lutherans teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to redeem the world from sin; that He kept God's law in our place; that he took on our guilt; that he paid our debt to God. This Good News is the heart and center of our lives and of our teaching.

Lutherans teach that faith is the penitent sinners' trust of the heart that relies entirely on Jesus Christ as Savior from sin. Faith assumes knowledge that God exists, agreement that what God says in the Bible is right and true, and trust that believes all that Jesus has done. He has done for me.

Lutherans teach that God's grace and good will is offered to sinners not only in the Word of God, but also through the Sacraments. In the Sacraments, the Word is added to a physical element and offered to a person as a gift from God. Lutherans teach that Baptism is a divine washing of regeneration, intended for young and old alike. God offers grace through Baptism, which is not our sacrifice, but God's gift. Lutherans teach that the Lord's Supper, also called Holy Communion or Eucharist, is the true body and blood of Christ offered to us to give assurance of the forgiveness of sins and help for us to live the Christian life.

Death and Eternity:
Lutherans teach that death is the final penalty for sin, but that through the death and resurrection of Christ, death for the believer becomes a doorway to eternal life. Lutherans teach that there will be a resurrection to eternal life for those who believe in Jesus, and a resurrection to eternal death to such as reject Christ as Savior.

The Lutheran Church accepts the three major Creeds: The Apostles', The Nicene, and The Athanasian. These Creeds summarize the truths of the Bible and give adequate witness to the Christian faith.  (Download a PDF of the three creeds, by clicking here.)

Christian Living:
Lutherans teach that God offers His grace to each believer to help them grow in grace, faith, hope, and love. The Holy Spirit works within each believer to form their words and deeds to be more God-pleasing. Love, understood as sincere caring, is the central characteristic of the Christian life.  It leads to forgiveness, and good deeds toward all people, friend and foe alike.