What We Believe

We believe

  • There is only one God, the God who reveals Himself in the Holy Bible as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • God created the world in six days, speaking it into existence by His Word.
  • Humans did not descend from any other creature, but from Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, originally made perfect by God.
  • Adam and Eve sinned when the devil tempted them, ruining God’s perfect creation, and plunging mankind into sinfulness and death.
  • We all inherit this sinful condition at conception; we sin every day; and therefore deserve no good thing from God.
  • Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, is the only Savior from sin and death.
  • Jesus paid for all sin by His suffering and death, and rose from the dead, conquering death for all.
  • We are forgiven by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, not by anything good that we feel, think, desire or do.
  • God brings us this forgiveness through His word, and through the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • Baptism is not something that we do (a sacrifice we make to God), but it is a sacrament (God’s gift to us): by the power of His Word in the water, God saves even newborn babies by cleansing them of sin and giving them saving faith.
  •  The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament (God’s gift to us): Jesus’ true body and true blood in, with and under the bread and wine, so that He is really present in His body and blood and forgives all sin of those who partake trusting in His words.
  • Heaven and eternal life awaits all those who believe and trust in this free and full forgiveness which came at the expense of Jesus’ perfect life.
  • The Holy Bible, is the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God, and the only norm, rule, and source of faith and life.

 

We desire

  • To remain humble children of the heavenly Father through faith in Jesus.
  • To steadfastly abide in Jesus and His truth, revealed in the Holy Bible, and faithfully explained and confessed in the Lutheran Book of Concord.
  • To walk with and serve our Lord, thanking Him for His great love for us.
  • To proclaim His truth to everybody, especially the good news of what Jesus has done to save us.

 

Our confessions of faith

  • The Apostles’ Creed
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Athanasian Creed
  • The “Te Deum Laudamus,” a confession that we sing in worship
  • The Lutheran Confessions (Book of Concord), chiefly:
    • The Small Catechism and the Large Catechism of Martin Luther (which we teach in catechism classes beginning in 6th grade)
    • The Augsburg Confession (much of which we read out loud together on the last Sunday in June)