— About Us —
A confessional Christian Church in Southeast New Mexico preaching Christ Crucified. Dedicated to Word and Sacrament, reverent in worship and unapologetically Lutheran.
Who are we?
Immanuel – Hebrew for “God with us”; a term used for Christ in Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23
Lutheran – Continuing in the catholic and apostolic tradition through the reformation movement associated with Martin Luther
Church – Gathered by the Holy Spirit around Word and Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins; leading us in a life of witness, mercy, life together
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. See also 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 (preaching office). 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.
For a simple understanding of our doctrine, we invite you to read the Small Catechism or to read about what congregations of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod believe and practice.