WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are a Christian congregation where the Bible is taught in its purity and the Sacraments are administered according to Christ's command.
The Bible, including both Old and New Testaments as originally given, is the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God and is free from error in the whole and in the part, and is therefore the final authoritative guide for faith and conduct.
There is one God eternally existent in three distinct persons in one divine essence, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father has revealed Himself to us as the Creator of the universe and its preserver, to whom the entire creation and all creatures are subject.
God created Adam and Eve in His image to live in fellowship with him. They fell into sin through the temptation of Satan and thereby lost fellowship with God. Through their disobedience the entire human race became totally depraved, and who by nature are unable to trust, fear, or love Him. They are subject to the devil, and are condemned to death under the eternal wrath of God.
Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son, is the image of the invisible God. To accomplish our redemption, He became fully human, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ, who is true God and true man, by his perfect obedience and substitutionary death on the cross, has purchased our redemption. He rose from the dead for our justification in the body in which He was crucified. He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father, as our interceding High Priest. He will come a second time personally, bodily, and visibly to gather the believers unto himself. He will judge the living and the dead and make an eternal separation between believers and unbelievers. His kingdom shall have no end.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person eternally one with the Father and with the Son. His ministry is to call, to regenerate repentant sinners, to sanctify believers, and to preserve them in the one true faith. Through the Word of God he guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the great commission, and convicts the world of sins and of righteousness and of judgment.
The knowledge and benefit of Christ’s redemption from sin is brought to the human race for the means of grace, namely the Word and the sacraments. There are but two sacraments: Baptism, and Holy Communion.
Eternal salvation is available to every living human being on earth by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This salvation consists of an instantaneous aspect by which we are completely justified before God, and an ongoing, continual aspect by which we are sanctified.
the Church Universal consists of all those who truly believe on Jesus Christ as Savior. The local congregation is an assembly of believers in a certain locality among whom the Gospel is purely taught and the sacraments are rightly administered.
The Lutheran confession is a summary of Bible doctrines which we believe to be in complete harmony with the Word of God. We adhere to the following confessional writings: The Apostolic Creed, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, the unaltered Augsburg Confession, and Luther’s Small Catechism.