Our Lutheran tradition teaches that there are two sacraments in the life of the church: Baptism and Holy Communion. Luther taught that water in combination with God’s word of promise washes us clean of our sin and drowns our sinful self. Baptism brings us into the life of the church and makes us a part of the Body of Christ in this world. Holy Communion brings to us the real presence of Jesus Christ through the bread and the wine of the altar. It serves as the ongoing ration of God’s grace and forgiveness to those who receive it in faith. We are baptized once, but receive Holy Communion throughout our lives as Christians.
Lutherans are Trinitarian Christians, acknowledging the three-fold nature of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father has created, the Son has redeemed, and the Holy Spirit sustains. Our Trinitarian understandings are reflected in our acceptance of the three essential creeds of the church: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. During worship each week, we share the words of one of these creeds, which firmly places us in the tradition of the church from its first centuries
The Word of God is Jesus Christ (John 1:14). In his church today that Word is revealed through the Holy Scriptures. Luther described the Bible as the cradle that held the baby Jesus. Lutherans recognize the Bible as the norm for our Christian lives in this world.
Lutherans have traditionally defined the church as “the assembly of saints in which the Gospel is taught purely and the sacraments are administered rightly.” (Augsburg Confession Article VII) What this means for us at Emmaus is that God calls us to gather with one another to faithfully receive the grace of God that comes to us in his Word and sacraments. Coming together to share in these good gifts, God binds us together as his Body in this world, encouraging us to out into the world to share God’s good news, love, and forgiveness.