Sharing Hope & Changing Lives
We believe that the Holy Bible is God's Word, without error in the original manuscripts, and our final authority in matters of faith and life.
That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
That Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death on the cross has redeemed us.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit's supernatural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians.
That human nature is sinful and is redeemed only through faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ alone provides salvation. This salvation is a free gift. ("grace" -- Ephesians 2:8-9) We teach that one can be certain of eternal life. ("assurance" -- John 5:24) We believe that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone and thereby enter a lifelong process of change and growth.
We believe that we are a part of one true Church made up of all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. Building the Kingdom together.
We are a people of prayer. God answers prayer and we encourage everyone to grow in prayer.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper. God truly acts in these sacraments, and that our faith is essential for their effectiveness.
Our Lutheran Heritage and Identity
We identify with the renewal movement begun in the Lutheran Reformation. We teach the Lutheran themes of grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone.
We believe that becoming a Christian leads to a changed life. We call this change "sanctification," which is a lifelong process of growth in selfless love, humility, service, stewardship, and holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Change and growth are not optional for those saved by grace. Because a good tree bears good fruit, people justified by grace through faith act on that faith and will change and grow in Christ.
We teach that the Bible is not conclusive on the following issues and that they are a matter of human conscience:
• We do not teach that the Bible gives a clear teaching on specific age for a baptismal candidate and amount of water for baptism.
• We encourage a sense of readiness and a zeal for the return of Christ, but leave view on the exact sequence and complexity/simplicity of the last things up to the individual believer.
Practicing our Faith
We believe that a full sexual relationship belongs within the boundaries of a publicly committed marriage between one man and one woman. We believe in the sanctity and defense of all human life including the unborn. Also, the hungry and the lost matter to God and they matter to us.