What We Believe
We are a confessional Lutheran church, dedicated to preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Our purpose is to preach Christ as the Savior of all mankind. We strive, by the grace of the Redeemer, to maintain the true Scripture doctrine and confessions which our Lord restored through Martin Luther 500 years ago.
Our congregation is a member of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC). The CLC is composed of Lutheran churches who are united together in fellowship and agreement through God’s Word. Our theology and teachings center around Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and victorious resurrection for the sins of the world.
WE STILL BELIEVE. . .
In an age of constant change, we still believe in the unchanging Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — three persons in One God.
In an age of Humanism’s confusion, we still believe that God created the universe in six 24-hour days as revealed in Genesis, and that the whole Bible is God’s Word, free from all errors, contradictions or myths.
In an age of doubt, we still believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
In an age of fear and guilt, we still believe that Christ died on the cross as payment for the sins of the world, and that He arose from the grave because His sacrifice was accepted by God, so that the world is declared righteous on account of Him.
In an age of do-it-yourself religion, we still believe that eternal salvation is through faith in the “good news”, not obedience to the law; by grace alone, apart from all works; by the Holy Spirit working through the Gospel in the Word and Sacraments, not by human reason, religious sincerity, spiritual fervor, “Spirit-baptism” or any other condition, work, or “add on” of man.
In an age of “agreeing to disagree”, we still believe that to preserve the pure Gospel of Christ for ourselves and others, Christians are commanded by the Lord to test and judge all teachings and philosophies, hold to whatever is according to God’s Word, and avoid all religious fellowship with that which is contrary to that Word.
In an age of “evangelical materialism”, we still believe that the “evangel” is the proclamation of forgiveness and the gaining of heaven through faith in Christ, not the preaching of principles by which one may lead a “good” life and gain earthly prosperity.
“If you hold to my teaching, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” –John 8:31-32
CLC Statement of Faith and Purpose — A small pamphlet that briefly and simply explains some of our doctrinal positions.
The Brief Statement of 1932 — A short summary of our beliefs, originally created and adopted by the LCMS in 1932, and still adhered to by the CLC.
Concerning Church Fellowship (CCF) — Our statement on the important Scriptural principle of Church Fellowship.
Concerning Church and Fellowship – Popular Version — Download – A more recent document discussing the important Scriptural principal of Church Fellowship.
Concerning Church and Ministry (CCM) — Our statement on the Relation of Synod and Local Congregation to the Holy Christian Church.
Same-sex Marriage Policy — PDF — Our statement in response to the June 26, 2015, Supreme Court declaration that the United States Constitution requires states to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex.
Pastor Sam Rodebaugh
Pastor Rodebaugh graduated from Immanuel Lutheran Seminary in Eau Claire, WI in May of 2017, and began serving us as Pastor that July. Sam and his wife Jess were married in March 2016, and have been blessed with twin boys – Matthew and Levi.
Mr. Neil Bernthal
Neil has been serving Immanuel as upper grade teacher since 2001. He and his wife Teresa, our talented church organist, were married in 2002 and have been blessed with five children – Joel, Ella, Grant, Seth, and Katrina.
Mrs. Megan Goodwin
Megan has served Immanuel as lower grade teacher since August 2012. Married to Steve since June 2015, Megan has adopted both of Steve’s children – Mason and Landon. And in February 2018, Megan and Steve were blessed with a daughter – Emmalyn.
We are located in Winter Haven, FL at 1449 34th St. NW. Every Sunday, Bible class starts at 9:15am and the worship service starts at 10:15 am.
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, we have a worship service in Winter Park, FL (Orlando area). Worship is held in a room at the Winter Park Community Center at 8:00am.