We Believe

    In the one True God
    • There is only one Triune God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct, divine beings, yet one God.
    • God reveals himself in part through the wonder of his creation, but especially and specifically through his Word, the Bible.
    In God's Word
    • The entire Bible is God’s Word. Since God the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles and prophets to pen the very words he wanted, there are no errors or contradictions in it.
    • Since God is eternal, so is his Word. It does not change with each generation. It applies the same to every person of every age.
    • God’s Word is the final authority in all matters of our faith and life.
    • The Holy Spirit continues to speak through the his Word today, and through it he creates and strengthens faith, and renews believers to lead godly lives.
    In God's Creation of the World
    • God created our entire universe in six 24-hour days. God made man and woman and put them in a perfect world to love and serve him in response to his great love and generous blessings to us.
    • God's perfect creation was corrupted when man and woman sinned against God.
    In Our Sinfulness
    • Every person is conceived and born totally corrupted by sin, completely devoid of spiritual life, and unable to live the life God demands of us.
    • God still demands that we be holy, and that God forbids any evil in our actions, in our words, and even in our thoughts and attitudes.
    • God’s punishment for all who are guilty of sin is eternal damnation in hell.
    • Based on our own merits, we have no hope of escaping God’s judgment and punishment. We deserve a place in hell forever.
    In God's Grace through Jesus Christ
    • Based on his boundless mercy and amazing grace, God sent a Savior into the world to be our substitute before the Lord.
    • Jesus Christ is that substitute. He is true God and true man - a true man in order to be a legitimate substitute for us under God’s law, and true God in order to be a substitute for all people.
    • Jesus Christ lived a perfect life under God’s law, and so fulfilled all the demands of God’s law for us.
    • Jesus Christ accepted the charge of our sin, died under God’s curse in our place, and received the condemnation and punishment for the sin of all people. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    • Jesus Christ rose from the dead to show his payment for sins is sufficient, to show that death itself has been conquered, and to prove that, like him, we shall rise from our graves to live forever.
    In the Blessings of Faith
    • All who believe in Jesus Christ receive all the blessings and benefits of his redeeming work. It is not based on what we do, but on what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
    • God himself gives us the blessings and benefits of Jesus Christ’s redeeming work through the gospel in Word and Sacrament. Through these Means of Grace, the Holy Spirit either creates or strengthens faith in individuals.
    • We do not and cannot choose to be forgiven. Faith is a work of God, not of the individual.
    • All who put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer know with confidence that their home in heaven is sure and certain.
    In Jesus' Glorious Return
    • Our Lord Jesus Christ will come again on a date that no one but God himself knows.
    • All the dead will rise from their graves and all people, the living and the dead, will stand before him to be judged.
    • At the judgment, all who are guilty of sin will be condemned and sent to hell for eternity. All who have been washed clean of every sin by faith in Christ Jesus will dwell with the Lord forever in eternal rest and peace.