1385 S. Main St.          First Service: 8:15 a.m.
Tipton, IN 46072        Second Service: 10:45 a.m.
(765) 675-4090             Bible Study between services

Office Hours: Mon-Fri
8-11:30am, 1-3pm

"The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge" - Proverbs


 Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church.  We have been serving the faith needs of Tipton for over 100 years.  Please take a look at our site!  We have many events ongoing throughout the year.

Our Mission Statement:
 "As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek His strength through
His Word and Sacrament and seek to reach
out with the Good News of the Gospel."

                                                                                         Pastor's Message:

Happy Anniversary! Wow...500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation with his nailing the 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg Germany. Of course, this Catholic Priest, Monk, and Professor of theology never thought his points for debate with other scholars would result in what eventually happened...but they did. The fact that Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tipton, Indiana exists is proof of that.

The major issue that Luther wanted to address was the sale of indulgences, little pieces of paper that folks could buy that essentially gave them a free pass to heaven...all for a few coins. No faith required.

Luther was of course horrified. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we can buy or even earn our way into heaven. Instead, the Scriptures are clear, that it is only
through faith in Christ and his sacrifice to take away our sins that we gain entrance into paradise. So, while the Church allowed for questionable practices and even false doctrines, Luther felt that a debate was in order, only those in authority didn't want to debate the issue, they simply wanted Luther to be quiet. But Luther saw how these corrupt teachings were affecting the faith of his people, and so, he refused to be silent.

What happened on that day in October 1517 would have significant repercussions and not just with regards to the selling of indulgences. Luther wanted the people to know that God wasn't just some vengeful person whom we must fear, but that He is a loving God who desires that all should come to faith, receive mercy, and be saved. And so, the Reformation in quick order saw the worship services being transformed to where the people participated through singing, hearing the Bible actually read in their language, and the Lord's Supper being dispensed as Jesus intended it...with both the bread and wine given to repentant souls. Likewise, Luther was intent on getting the Bible in the hands of ordinary people, which ultimately led to the establishment of public schools so that people could actually learn to read God's Word.

Yeah, the Reformation which we celebrate on the last Sunday of this month, is a significant milestone in the history of the world. 

Much has changed in the past 500 years. Our world looks and thinks very differently that it did on that All Hallows Eve in 1517. But one thing hasn't changed, and that is that we are saved by faith alone in Christ, by God's grace alone, revealed to us in the Scriptures alone, a phrase penned by Luther that captures the essence of the Reformation. And what a wonderful message that is! That you don't have to earn, pay, or work your way into heaven, but rather that it is a free gift from God to you through the merits of Christ and his paying off our sins when he died on the cross.

There is only going to be one 500th anniversary celebration of this great event in human history, so mark your calendars to be at either the 8:15 or 10:45 worship services on Sunday October 29th.

Until next month...

God's blessings to you.

Pastor Robb Roloff


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