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What We Believe



Our mission at Emmanuel is very simply this: bringing Jesus to people and people to Jesus throughout Baltimore and beyond.

As we carry out this mission our vision for the future is that alive through the grace of God in Christ and on fire with the Holy Spirit, Emmanuel will be a multicultural community of faith spreading the love, joy, and hope of Jesus through: vigorous study of His Word, fervent prayer, inspiring worship, active ministry to and through children and individuals of all ages, and meaningful service to the world.

As Lutheran Christians, we invite you to read an overview of what we believe. For more information, please feel free to contact us at the church.

With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Being Lutheran, our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.