We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of all the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments as the divinely inspired Word of God and submit to them as the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe that the interpretation of Holy Scripture is accurately expressed in the Church’s historic, ecumenical creeds and Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord, which, in short, expresses that all Scripture ultimately points to the crucified Christ and His redemptive sacrifice.
We believe in one unique, divine essence which is called and is truly God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having precisely the same divine attributes and perfection. We believe in one creator and preserver of all things visible and invisible.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Holy Trinity. He creates and preserves all things as an act of grace and pure divine goodness. We hold to the creation as described in the first chapters of Genesis, not as myth, but as historic facts. We believe that God the Father gave His only begotten Son to be the Savior of the world, in order that people might be set free from the bondage of sin and become joint heirs with Christ of eternal life.
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THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and second person of the Trinity, became truly and fully man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humanity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His true death on the cross, and that our redemption is made available to us by His bodily resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God the Father where He fulfills the Ministry of Intercession for all believers. We believe in the bodily return of our Lord, Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the blessed Trinity who dwells in all believers, calls humanity through the Gospel, enlightens with His gifts, and sanctifies the whole church on earth, and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
CREATION AND THE FALL
We believe that God created the universe as described in Genesis chapter one. We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin became alienated from God, acquired a sinful nature, and came under the Law and the penalty of death.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God offered to man by Grace and received not by works but by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing to God.
We believe that the Sacrament of Baptism, when administered according to the command of Christ to infants and adults, is a means of Grace by which God offers His Grace and the forgiveness of sins. We believe that the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a Means of Grace and offers communicants in, with, and under bread and wine, the true body, and the true blood of Jesus Christ, and that all who receive the Sacrament in true faith share in the forgiveness of sins procured by Christ’s sacrifice.
WE AFFIRM THE SACRED COVENANT OF MARRIAGE
God created us male and female, and it is His will and intention that human sexual expression and fulfillment take place only within the boundaries of marriage between one man and one woman. – Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33
We believe that the condition and retribution of the lost and the salvation and blessedness of the saved are conscious and everlasting.