Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a member church of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, a body of believers that numbers over 2 million. As a member of this body, we at Zion-Emmanuel confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it was taught by his Apostles, received by the early Church, and passed down faithfully by the early Church Fathers, evangelists, pastors, and martyrs. We believe that there is one God who, in his wisdom and power, created all things from nothing. It is he who revealed himself to his created people through word and deed throughout history both directly and through prophets, signs, and wonders. Ultimately, this God revealed himself to his people in the person of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, died, yet rose again to new life, confirming his testimony as true. This Jesus then ascended into heaven, where he remains our Lord and Savior. However, Jesus Christ has sent his Spirit to lead, guide, and sustain his people, even as they await Jesus' second coming. In addition, Christ continues to come to his people when and where he has promised - when his Word is faithfully preached and when his Sacraments ("mysteries": namely Baptism and Holy Communion) are faithfully administered.
Since we hold to the faithful teachings passed down to us, we confess the truth written down in the three "ecumenical" creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian. We believe the Bible to be the collection of revelations given by God, which are completely faithful, true, and inspired by the very Spirit which God has sent among his people, revelations which are confirmed as faithful and true as we have seen the words of God happening just as he said. As Lutherans, we hold that the teachings of Scriptures are faithfully expounded in the Book of Concord, a collection of writings presented as a confession of faith in the sixteenth century.
The Word of God passed down to us is vital to our lives, both physically and spiritually. Please return to the website soon, when it is our hope that we can more completely share our beliefs with you. Even more, we encourage you to visit our church, as well as to contact Pastor Squire with any questions.