The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humanity (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a sacrifice on our behalf, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our Prophet, Priest, and King. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit sanctifies, purifies, strengthens and comforts all believers. (1 Cor. 6:11) The Holy Spirit is the promised gift of God to serve as counselor and comforter (John 14: 16-18, 16: 7-14. No one can confess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord apart from the Holy Spirit’s power (I Corinthians 12: 3). The Sprit does God ' s work in recreating us through the washing of regeneration and renewal of our Baptism. (Titus 3: 5). The Spirit of God provides fruit within our souls so that we might live to His glory (Galatians 5: 22-23). The Holy Spirit also provides gifts for us to praise, honor and serve the Lord (I Corinthians 12: 1-11).
We believe the Holy Scriptures (The Bible) of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God and the final authority for faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
Our Sinful Nature
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through sin has fallen and is separated from God, born with a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and by his own reason or strength is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).
We believe that humanity is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. ((Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19, Romans 3: 21-26). We believe that God desires all people to be saved and know the truth. God loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other. (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3,4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16).
We believe that God has created a means for which we are connected to His love and grace. Through Baptism the Holy Spirit offers all people new life, the forgiveness of sins and makes us God’s children - His new creation. (John 1:12, 13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38). The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a precious gift from the Risen Lord to the Church. Christians of the Lutheran tradition believe Scripture teaches us that with the bread and wine we are truly receiving the very body and blood of our Risen Lord Jesus. This is according to His Word and promise, and not according to our human understanding or intellect. In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins, increases the depth of their faith, and strengthens us as His people as we go out into the world. (Matthew 26: 26-29, I Corinthians 10:16,17, John 6: 51).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe that through the church God equips and empowers believers to serve Him by serving others and sharing the good news about Jesus. God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which He calls His children to do as a response of all that He has done. (Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-21). It is not good for people to live in isolation. God intends for us to share His love with nonbelievers and believers alike through intentional relationships. (Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:9,10; Hebrews 10:25).