About the Church
Welcome! Immanuel Lutheran Church is a biblical, confessional, and liturgical congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Our congregation was formed in 1933 and we are blessed to have been a part of Roswell’s community for over 85 years. After moving from our original sanctuary at 3rd and Missouri, we have made the Enchanted Hills neighborhood our home since 1996 at the corner of College and Sycamore. We consider it our honor and privilege to faithfully preach and teach God’s Word and rightly administer Christ’s sacraments for the benefit of our community and the whole Pecos Valley region. Please join us in hearing God’s mercy for sinners every Sunday at 9:00 AM.
Who are we?
Immanuel – In Hebrew this means “God with us.” It is the title for the incarnate Son of God foretold in Isaiah 7:14 and fulfilled in Matthew 1:23.
Lutheran – We unconditionally confess as a true and faithful exposition of God’s Word the 1580 Book of Concord.
Church – “Thank God, today a child seven years old knows what the Church is, namely, the holy believers and lambs who hear the voice of their Shepherd.” -Luther
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. In short, we confess the three ecumenical creeds.
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. 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.
To understand what we believe, please read the Small Catechism or contact one of our pastors to start a conversation.