Statement of Faith
We believe in the Triune God -- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in one God revealed to us in three persons.
We believe that God the Father created the universe and each and every person. He is a God who is loving, compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate faith relationship with all the people.
We believe that, because of his deepest desire to live in a relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ, born of a virgin is fully God and fully human. Through his death on the cross and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through him and him alone people enter into a faith relationship with God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through the Holy Spirit, God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe that God wants each person to develop and use whatever gifts the Spirit gives to all believers. We believe that God wants each person to develop and use whatever gifts of the Spirit they have been given.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Through the Bible God reveals himself to us. We believe that the Bible is God-inspired and points us to God's true revelation in Jesus Christ. The Old and New Testaments are the norm and guide upon which we base our faith.
We believe that the Church, be it the local congregation or the world-wide fellowship of believers, is the body of Christ. As his body we are called upon to worship him, serve him in our daily lives, and be the vehicle through which the Good News of Christ in its fullness is shared with the world.
We affirm and identify with the confessions of the Lutheran Church. We affirm the centrality of the Word Alone, Grace Alone, and Faith Alone.
We believe in and pratice the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that through the waters of Baptism God comes to us to adopt us as his children. Through Baptism God gives the gift of new life. We afirm the Baptism of infants as well as offering this gift to any older child or adult who wishes to be baptized.
We believe that through the Lord's Supper God comes to love us and forgive us. It is a meal of renewal. Jesus is really present in, with and under this meal of bread and wine.
We believe in the worth and value of each human being. Created in God's image humans have dignity. Their worth is dependent, not on accomplishments, but on God's love and grace. Because God sees each person as worth dying for, we afirm and acknowledge the dignity and worth of human beings.
At the same time, we acknowledge that human beings are separated from God because of sin. We proclaim the Good News that because of Jesus Christ, forgiveness and new life are a possibility. It is forgiveness that restores the worth of each fallen human being.
We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we don't know the day and hour we joyfully proclaim that we need to be ready at all times -- to inspire us to make the most of life and of serving God today.