What we believe...
In a nutshell, we believe that we are saved by grace. We don't do things to "earn" our way into heaven or to earn God's forgiveness and love. Through the person of Jesus Christ and through his death and resurrection, we were given full access to God's love, forgiveness and grace now and forever through God's Spirit. And nothing can ever take that away from us.
As it says in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord..."
As a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we believe that God is 3-in-1 (one God, three equal persons – God the Creator or Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit, who continually renews and empowers us) as stated in the Apostles & Nicene Creeds. These creeds were established by the early Christian Church in efforts to bring unity among Christians. Several different church bodies around the world confess these same creeds as well and use them as their basis for belief.
We believe the Bible is authoritative in our lives and teaching. However, we do not believe it is the only authority, or even the absolute authority. God speaks to us in many ways and we believe God’s word is still alive and active today. To read more about this, click here.
Baptism & Communion
Two of the ways in which we believe God is active today is through baptism and communion. We call these visible signs of God's grace. In baptism, our sinful self is destroyed and we are reborn into new life in Christ, thereby becoming a part of the family of God. In communion or the Lord’s Supper, we are sustained, renewed and empowered by the Holy Spirit through the body and blood of Jesus Christ to serve God and others. You can read more about this in The Use of the Means of Grace.
Outreach & Service
We believe that God loves all people and all of creation and that nothing can separate us from God’s love. As people continually filled with and renewed by God’s abounding grace and love, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and are called to love and serve one another as Jesus said in Luke 10:28, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”