What We Believe

We believe

  • That the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God without error and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
  • That with the universal Christian Church, we teach and respond to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

That being "Lutheran," we accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.

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  • Grace alone - God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
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  • 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. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
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  • Faith alone - By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

  • Christ our Lord says in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."
  • We teach that the water included in God's command and combined with God's Word works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
  • "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." Mark 16:16
  • "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through  the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4

We celebrate the Sacrament of the Altar

  • With the confidence that our Lord gives us His very body and blood to eat and drink “in, with, and under” the bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our union with Him and one another.”
  • Trusting His words, repenting of all sin, and proclaiming His death until He returns.
  • As a confession of our faith. 
  • Anyone who is not yet instructed, in doubt, or come from a different Christian tradition or confession and desires to receive the Sacrament is asked to first speak with a Pastor or Deacon.

We observe the Rite of Confirmation

  • Where Catechumens confess the Apostles’ Creed and pledge themselves to a life of faithful participation in worship and the Lord’s Supper.
  • Which marks the completion of instruction for both youth and adults
  • To learn about the faith received in Baptism.
  • To learn what it means to live as God’s child.
  • To prepare those instructed for a lifelong exploration of God’s Word.

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