WE BELIEVE and teach that there is one True God who has revealed Himself through the Holy Bible as Triune. One God in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This God created all things, visible and invisible, and He continues to sustain them.
WE BELIEVE and teach that the Holy Scriptures, as contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, are the only inerrant and inspired Word of God. They are without error, not only in things spiritual and moral, but also in matters historical, geographical, and scientific. These Scriptures are to be our guide in all matters of faith and life.
WE BELIEVE and teach that, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, by His Word, out of nothing, in six days. We believe this doctrine of creation to be foundational to other doctrines of Scripture including the atoning work of Christ.
WE BELIEVE and teach that God created the world perfect and that sin and death came into the world through the transgression of Adam and Eve. We also believe and teach that, because of Adam’s sin, all people are born sinful (Psalm 51:5) and are by nature enemies of God (Romans 5:10).
WE BELIEVE and teach that all people are sinners and are in need of a Savior. The one and only Savior is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who was promised already in the Garden of Eden and in the fullness of time, was revealed as Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, and His vicarious and atoning death on the cross for the sins of the world, so that sinful man, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, will be saved to eternal life. His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, and His imminent return in power and glory to judge both the living and the dead.
WE BELIEVE and teach that justification by faith in Christ is the central doctrine of the Bible. All of Scripture must be understood in the light of this one doctrine and all other doctrines must be brought in line with it. In agreement with this central truth, we teach the three “solas” of the Reformation - Sola Fide (faith alone), Sola Gratia (grace alone), and Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
WE BELIEVE and teach that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity, dwells in the hearts of all true believers in Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who motivates and enables Christians to lead godly lives out of love for the Savior and in thankfulness for His blessings.
THE MEANS OF GRACE
WE BELIEVE and teach that God offers and conveys the merits purchased by Christ by His death on the cross only through the external means of grace ordained by Him. These means of grace are the Gospel in every form and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The Word of the Gospel applies the grace of God, works faith, and regenerates man (Romans 10:17). Baptism is applied for the forgiveness of sins and is a washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38 and Titus 3:5). Likewise, the true body and blood of Christ are distributed in the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 22:19-20 and Matthew 26:26-28).
WE BELIEVE and teach that there is one, Holy, Christian and Apostolic Church. This Church is the spiritual unity of all believers in Jesus, which includes people from all races, cultures, and times.
THE END OF THE WORLD
WE BELIEVE and teach that Jesus Christ will come again, not secretly, but openly (Revelation 1:7). At this time, He will judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42). The dead will be resurrected (Revelation 20:12– 13), believers to everlasting life in heaven (John 3:16–18) and all who have not believed in Jesus Christ to everlasting damnation. (Matthew 25:46).
WE BELIEVE and teach the doctrines of the Lutheran faith as found in the Holy Bible, as expressed by the reformers in the Book of Concord of 1580, and as commonly confessed throughout the history of the Christian Church in the three Ecumenical Creeds – Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed.
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