What We Believe
Lutheran Christians follow the beliefs and practices of the New Testament church. Three major foundations of Christian belief are...
With this foundation, we also confess the “marks of the church” by which we receive gifts of forgiveness, faith, and the promise of eternal life. Jesus gave and established Holy Baptism (Matthew 28:18-20), Holy Communion (Luke 22:14-20), and the Gift of Forgiveness (John 20:21-23).
Basic Beliefs about God
We confess the Apostles’ Creed, a summary of what the original disciples believed and taught. It serves as an accurate description of God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Ten Commandments
Christians are called to live by the words of the Lord. The commands are His gracious boundaries to guide us when tempted, give order to our society, and show a path of holy living.
Note: The commands are given unnumbered in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. Israelite and Jewish tradition actually began with the prologue (I am the Lord your God) as the first word, and the second was “no other gods.” The majority of Christians worldwide use the historic numbering from the early Church described above.
The Lord’s Prayer
Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and we continue His prayer as a living source of strength and hope:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Keeping the Faith
Our preaching and teaching is based on a Christ-centered, Scripture-only method of interpretation. We follow traditional understandings of the Old Testament, that it is inspired by God and points to the coming Messiah. We confess the writings of the New Testament are inspired by God and tell the good news that our Messiah has come bearing eternal salvation, forgiveness of sins, and new life for all who trust in Him.
How to study the Bible
The study of Scripture is not to be taken lightly. Those who teach in God’s name are called to account, for hearers receive their words as the very words of God. Thus, our pastors learn strict principles for interpreting the Bible.
Living in Christ
It isn't possible to be a passive Christian. How can we “hide the light” or “bury the treasure” of knowing God loves us and has made us His unique people in the world? Once Jesus comes to us through the gift of His Holy Spirit, our lives are permeated with new thoughts, tasks, and purposes. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come,” 1 Corinthians 5:17.
How a healthy Church functions
Believers worship, learn, gather, witness, and serve.