What We Believe

Vision StatementAs followers of Christ, our Vision is to Be Like Jesus in every way, by connecting with God, with one-another, and with the world.

Mission Statement – Our Mission is to reach out and gather people into the Family of God, equipping them to be disciples of Jesus Christ in our community, nation and world.

THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired Word of God, and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed. . (2 Timothy 3:16-17) In matters of life and faith, the Bible is our highest authority.

THE HOLY TRINITY 
We believe in the triune God, one divine being, eternally existing in three persons… the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, John 8:34, Ephesians 2:1-3)

SALVATION
We believe that we are saved by Grace alone. God’s Grace is God’s undeserved love poured out for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Grace, which is an undeserved gift that can be neither earned, purchased, or merited in any way, bestows forgiveness of sins and new life on the believer. (John 3:16, Ephesians 4:4-5, Colossians 13-14)

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
We believe God’s Grace is received only through faith (trust, hope) in the atoning work and person of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:8-9, John 3:16-18, John 14:6)

GOOD WORKS
We believe that the Holy Spirit working in the life of the believer, empowers good works which bring glory to God. Although good works “reflect” God’s presence in our lives, they cannot “affect” God’s presence in our lives. (John 15:5, Ephesians 2:10)

PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
We believe that all baptized believers are called to be priests or ministers in our daily lives. No matter what our occupation, our Christian vocation is to serve God and others in the name of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9-10, Mark 9:33-35)

SACRAMENTS
We believe God also gives His grace to us through the sacraments. We understand a sacrament to be something that Christ Himself commanded us to do, that involves an earthly element (water, bread and wine), and which bestows God’s forgiveness and new life to the believer. The Lutheran church celebrates two sacraments, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6-1-11, Matthew 26:26-29)