What We Believe

gOD

We believe there is only one God eternally existent in Three persons:

GOD THE FATHER

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

GOD THE SON

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried.  And the third day HE rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.  And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 



The bible

The 39 books of the Old Testament, and the 27 books of the New Testament are the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit speaking through Prophets, Apostles and the four Evangelists.   These 66 books represent the whole of God's revelation to man.  They are inerrant, infallible, Authoritative, and the only rule for faith and practice.  The Bible is the chief means by which God communicates His message of Love and Salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ His only Son.  The Scriptures are a living Word of God and are able to create and sustain faith in the heart of all who hear it.  The central message of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments is Salvation in Jesus Christ the promised Messiah.  That message is called "the Gospel."

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is a very simple message; Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life for us because we won't and can't.  Jesus then died on the cross to pay for our sin and to offer His blood in atonement for our sins.  Jesus won salvation for all people on the cross, when Jesus died on one particular Friday around Two Thousand years ago.  The sin of all people have been forgiven once for all.  Anyone who believes this, receives the benefits Christ offers.  This believe  is called "Faith."

FAITH

Faith is simple trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for you.  It is not something you can achieve yourself.  Faith is a gift of God, it does not come to us through our effort or will.  The Holy Spirit working through His Word (the Means of Grace) reveals Jesus to you and you become a new creation the moment you believe.  When God gives you the gift of Faith and you believe God changes His attitude about you.  This is called Grace.

GRACE

Grace is not a stuff, you don't go out and get Grace, receive it as something that is injected into you or earn it in any way.  Grace is merely the word that describes God's response to your change in status.  You by Faith are no longer an object of wrath, but because of faith you are now a beloved child of God.  He becomes gracious toward you.  By faith you have become His beloved and the object of His affections.

(II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18)

then what must I do?

Once you have faith in Jesus as your savior, everything has been done.  The Spirituality of Christianity is not active, but passive!  God does everything for you, both for salvation and for living your life.  Believers gather to receive God's gifts in Word and Sacrament.  It's about what God does, not about what we do.

(Gal. 1:6-9;Rom. 1:18-32; I Tim. 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; II Pet. 3:9; II Thess. 1:7-9;John 4:42; Matt. 11:28; Eph. 1:20,21; Phil. 2:9-11)