We believe, teach, and confess …
There is only one true God who through His Word has revealed Himself to us as God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The Trinity). We believe that by His grace, God has created us, redeemed us from sin and death, and sets us apart as His own through the gift of faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. We believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word through which He reveals Himself and His plan of salvation to the world.
The heavenly Father created all things and He lovingly sustains them. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him as His children. As a result of sin, that relationship is broken. All people are born with a sinful nature and are unable to save themselves. To restore that loving relationship with God as a gracious and merciful Father, He has provided a plan of salvation for us.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our Lord and Savior from sin, death, and hell. He is both true God and true man, born of the Virgin Mary, who lived a perfect and holy life for us, shed His blood for us on the cross to atone for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day, declaring His victory over Satan and the grave for us.
The Holy Spirit calls us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ by the Word of God. The Holy Spirit delivers Christ’s forgiveness, life, and salvation to us—fully and freely as God’s undeserved gift of love—through the preaching of the Word, and through Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper.
- The Bible (English Standard Version Bible – Online) (God’s Word, Scripture, The Books of the Old and New Testament) alone is the source of what we believe, teach, and confess. The Holy Spirit uses Scripture alone to give us Faith in Christ alone as our Savior.
- We believe that the documents in The Book of Concord are a true exposition of God’s Word. This book contains the three Ecumenical Creeds – The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed; the Augsburg Confession; the Apology to the Augsburg Confession; the Smalcald Articles; the Power and the Primacy of the Pope; Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord
- We are also thankful for the writings of Christian and, especially, Lutheran teachers that have come to us through the ages. Among these but not exclusively are the writings of Martin Luther, Martin Chemnitz, and C. F. W. Walther.