We believe in one God who is revealed in Scripture as triune or “three-in-one”: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Father: God is the Creator who made all things including us; who daily provides for our needs and desires to have a loving relationship with us. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27)
- Son: God is the Son, who became a human being - Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is the Messiah, whose death and resurrection demonstrate the depth of the Father’s eternal love for all creation. Jesus gives us salvation. (Romans 1:1-4)
- Holy Spirit: God is the Spirit who brings people to faith in Jesus, the Son. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence among us, and empowers us to lead holy lives. (John 14:26)
We believe all who have faith in Jesus are part of the Church. The Bible calls the Church the "Body of Christ," whose mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ - the salvation that He gives by grace. We welcome to our church all that are seeking God, no matter where they may be on their faith journey. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
We believe God’s grace is fully and freely given to all through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through this grace our sin is forgiven, healing our broken relationship with God. We cannot earn God’s love by our good works, good behavior, or being holy. Rather, we do such things in faith as a response to God’s grace in Christ.
Justification refers to the way God heals our broken relationship with Him through Jesus. Grace is God’s unconditional love for us. Justification by grace through faith in Jesus is the center of Lutheran theology. (Ephesians 2:8)
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible contains the Word of God, and that the Bible IS the Word of God because it reveals the gospel or “good news” of Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13)
- The Bible was given to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the source of what we teach and the norm for how we are to live. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Jesus is the Word of God in human form. (John 1:1-3)
- The sacraments, as well as preaching, teaching, and actions that truly proclaim the gospel of Jesus, are also the Word of God.
We believe a sacrament is an act that is commanded by Christ, uses a physical or earthly element, and through connection with the Word bears God’s promise of grace. We observe two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.
- In Baptism, we are joined to Jesus’ death, raised with Him to new life, forgiven of our sin, and claimed as God’s children forever. Because all humans have a sinful nature and in need of God’s grace, we affirm the practice of baptizing infants, as well as adults. (Romans 6:3-5)
- In Holy Communion, God forgives our sins and strengthens us for holy living to renew our relationship with God and others. We believe in the “Real Presence” of Jesus in the bread and wine that we share. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
CREEDS AND CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS
We believe that the three ecumenical creeds of the Church (Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian) each bear true witness to who God is, and how God desires to be in loving relationship with us and with all creation.
We believe that the unaltered Augsburg Confession and the other Lutheran Confessional writings in the Book of Concord are also true understandings of the Christian faith. We rejoice in the role of Lutheran Christians who have made God’s love in Christ known to the world through the centuries.
Worship is joyous praise and honor given to God with thanksgiving, and the heart of our life together as believers. We believe worship is the natural response to God’s creative love and amazing grace given in Jesus Christ. The worship we offer is varied, rich in tradition yet contemporary and relevant, and filled with joy and wonder. (Psalm 95:6; Luke 24:52-53)