Growth: we strive to better understand and apply God's truth.
Relevance: we attempt to relate to and serve others lovingly and effectively.
Acceptance: we aim to honor, respect and make room for our differences.
Community: we intend to cherish the family and the importance of our neighborhood.
Equality: we seek to deal with people as equals.
Therefore, we believe we are...
A PERFECT PLACE FOR IMPERFECT PEOPLE
A CONGREGATION OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH - MISSOURI SYNOD
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, and the Holy Spirit, Triune God. We believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and that the Holy Spirit inspires us to come to faith and grow spiritually.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It as the source of holy doctrine and the standard by which we measure all truth.
All of us have the same problem: from the moment we are conceived, we are enemies of God (Psalm 51:5). We rebel against the love He has for us. We do not do what God desires. We think we know what is best for us. This is called sin. We are each sinners. That is why all of us physically die. (Romans 6:23)
The word grace means “favor.” Though our sin separates us from our Creator, He is a gracious God. In His grace, He gives us the gift of a relationship with Him, even though we don’t deserve it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Reflecting His gracious nature, our God has a solution for our sin problem. God Himself entered the world, taking on human form. He was still God, too. While He lived on earth, He laughed, cried, got hungry and tired, and was tempted to sin just like all human beings. Because He was God, He never sinned. He led a perfect life. His name is Jesus. (John 1:1-14)
Jesus was crucified for us almost 2000 years ago. Through our faith in Him and in His sacrifice on the cross we have eternal life. (John 3:16-17)
Jesus did not remain in the grave, however. On the third day, He was raised from the dead, showing His power over sin and death. Because Jesus lives, we, too, can have eternal life with God in heaven. (Luke 24:1-12)
This eternal life becomes ours when we put our trust in His saving work, by faith (John 1:12-13). The Bible says that faith is a gift of God. Faith is the vehicle that makes God’s promises ours. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17). Faith is the thing that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).
Scripture, or the Bible, is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16). It is the only source of spiritual truth. The Bible is the source and norm for our teaching and preaching.
The means of grace are God's instruments by which all spiritual blessings are bestowed upon sinners. This includes hearing the Word of God, which lets us know God’s promises and produces faith (Acts 20:24; Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 1:23; Gal. 3:2). The Sacrament of Baptism is a physical way that anyone—young or old—can receive the gift of faith and have their sins washed away. (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Titus 3:5). In The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, we eat bread and wine, but also Jesus’ Body and Blood, which Christ promised would forgive sins (Luke 22:19, 20; Matt. 26:28, 1 Cor. 11:23).
Jesus promised His Church that He would send us His Holy Spirit. He did this on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has never left the Church but continues to work in Christians to produce His gifts and bear fruit. (1 Corinthians 12, Isaiah 11:2-3, Galatians 5:22-23) The Holy Spirit continues to also give us power to be bold witnesses to the Gospel of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
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