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What We Believe

What We Believe

God loves you!
 
That’s where it starts. Then you are invited into a relationship with God and with God’s people:
 

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person—questions, complexities and all.

This is who we are and this is who we strive to become—it is a tension between now and not yet. Which is another way of saying that we are a work in progress.

At Immanuel, this means that we 
  • gather every week around God’s Word and Promise in worship
  • bear witness to the difference that Jesus makes in our lives
  • care for each other, within our community of faith, in the wider Watertown area, and in God’s world
  • learn through study of scripture and service how to be followers of Jesus
  • are responsible stewards (caretakers) of all that God has entrusted to us
  • ask for forgiveness when we fall short, and
  • celebrate with Joy, our life in Christ

Digging Deeper 

As Lutherans, we trust the insights of Martin Luther and the Apostle Paul, who described more clearly than most, that faith in Jesus is a relationship grounded in love lived out through the law, rather than the reverse. 

What does that mean? The life of Jesus is all about God showing us the depth of God’s love for you. The church calls that Grace. Out of that love, the law describes how you might respond in love toward God and love toward our neighbor. 

What difference does this make? It’s the difference between mercy and judgment, compassion and rejection, Joy and despair.

Still having trouble understanding? Come and see. It’s easier caught than taught.