What We Believe
In the Assurance of Salvation –
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal life.”
1 John 5:11-12
In the Assurance of Answered Prayer –
“Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and receive and your joy will be complete.”
In the Assurance of Victory –
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way our so that you can stand up under it."
1 Corinthians 10:13
In the Assurance of Forgiveness –
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
In the Assurance of Guidance –
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
In the Great Commission –
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What Lutherans Believe
- The entire Bible, which points to Jesus as the Savior, is the inspired and errorless Word of God. It is God's message of love and hope for all people.
- There is only one true God, who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God is the creator of everything that exists.
- Adam and Eve, our first parents, were originally created by God pure and holy. They lived according to God's will, doing what was pleasing to Him.
- Adam and Eve, the man and woman God created in the beginning, went against God's will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have been conceived and born in sin.
- Sin is living outside the relationship with God, not living according to God's will, and thus transgressing His holy will in thought, word and deed.
- People cannot restore themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.
- God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God's law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of The Father to intercede for us.
- Because of Jesus' death on the cross, God declares a person just or righteous and forgiven. This does not happen because of human effort, but because the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus as Savior.
- Faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit; thus all the glory belongs to God.
- The means of grace are the Word, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. By these means, the merits of Jesus' perfect life and atoning death are personally conveyed to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
- Jesus will come again to take all believers to Himself. On the final day, all the dead will be raised. Those who are still alive will be bodily transformed. After this the final judgment will take place. Unbelievers will go into eternal damnation, and believers into eternal life.