What We Believe

What We Believe & Teach

Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Elk River welcomes into membership all who have had prior instruction in a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation. All others are encouraged to attend a new member discipleship class. Please, speak with Pastor Grzybowski regarding upcoming classes.

We, like all people, are sinful before God. Because of our sins we deserve nothing but God’s eternal punishment, and by ourselves we cannot make things right with Him.

JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God who suffered the punishment we deserve because of our sins. By His life, death and resurrection He made things right with God. Through faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, God’s grace gives us forgiveness of sins, new life, and an eternal home in heaven.

THE BIBLE, which tells the good news of what God has done and still does for us in Christ, is God’s own Word to us, fully true and reliable in all it says. That the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is the only one true God.

IN BAPTISM the Holy Spirit brings people, infants as well as adults, into the fellowship of the Church, giving them the blessings Christ won and calling them to live as disciples of Christ.

IN HOLY COMMUNION the true body and blood of Christ is received with the bread and wine, strengthening Christ’s disciples in their faith and life. It is a communion with Christ and a confession of faith.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That God is the Creator of the universe with all of its grandeur and beauty, and that He sustains it with His almighty power. He also created our first parents, Adam and Eve, in His own image that they may live in fellowship with Him and be His instruments to care for creation.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That Adam and Eve, whom God created, doubted and rebelled against Him. They sinned and their natures became evil. Now every human being is born with a self-centered nature and a tendency for evil that violates God’s will and desire. Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to failure. People need forgiveness and new life, and God provides it through His grace.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That God out of pure love gives people forgiveness of sins thus reconciles them to Himself. He does this even though He is a just God who punishes sin because His own Son, Jesus Christ, took the punishment for all sin for all people upon Himself when he died on the cross of Calvary. God raised him from the dead on Easter and thus demonstrated to the world that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God has been accepted and man’s sin paid for.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That people receive forgiveness through faith. Faith is the hand which accepts God’s free gift. Faith is created by the Holy Spirit through the means of the Gospel message which tells of God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Infant baptism is the means by which a child is given a new life and received into God’s kingdom.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That the Bible is a source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness and is also the way in which He speaks to us today. The Bible was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and so is true and without error.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That the church is the fellowship of all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The Lutheran Church gets its name from Martin Luther who “reformed” the church with basic principles of faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone. The purpose of the church is to nurture faith through the Word and the Sacrament of the Altar, and to share the love of God through Word and deed with the whole world in order to make other people disciples of Jesus Christ.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That God has given two Sacrament to build His church, Baptism to create faith and Holy Communion – also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist – to nurture faith. In Holy Communion Jesus Christ gives the communicant His body and blood “in, with, and under” the bread and wine.

LUTHERANS BELIEVE – That the fellowship which God establishes with His believer on earth will continue after this life as believers live with Him in Heaven for all eternity.