What We Believe

Core Beliefs

As part of the Christian Church, we hold that there is only one God who has made Himself known. What we teach and how we live is in response to the love of the Triune God shown to us in scripture. As scripture reveals, God is:

The Father, creator of all that exists;

Jesus Christ, the Son, God became human and entered into His creation. Out of love for us, He suffered and died for the sins of all, and after three days Jesus was raised to life. This event is our ultimate victory over death and Satan.

The Holy Spirit, Faith is a gift of God. He creates faith through His Word and Sacraments. Besides creating faith, the Holy Spirit keeps us in faith and enlightens us with His Word.

The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, as we hold to one God.

 

Grace, Faith and Scripture

We hold to the Bible as the basis of all of our teachings. It is God's “Living Word” to us today. The main message of both the Old and New Testament is that they point to Jesus Christ, and His mission to redeem the world.

This is God's one and only plan of salvation. We hold that scripture's key teaching can be summarized: we are saved completely by grace alone, through faith alone, as told by scripture alone.

Grace Alone

It is only by God's underserved grace, love, compassion, and forgiveness that we are given life. God loves all the people of the world, even though they are sinful and rebel against Him. The Bible teaches that we are saved from sin, death, and everlasting condemnation only by God’s grace. That is, that God sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

 

Faith Alone

Faith is the only way by which which we can receive God’s gifts of grace. By Jesus' suffering and death in our stead, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for all people. Those who hear this Good News and believe it, have the eternal life that God freely offers. It is God alone who creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

 

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. The writings of both the Old and New Testament are the only rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

If you would like to learn more about what we believe, teach, and confess please visit http://www.lcms.org/belief-and-practice

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