Our church family is composed of many people from many different backgrounds, all of whom enrich our life together. Most visitors, however, do express an interest in knowing what the Lutheran church believes and how we are both similar to and different from other churches. If you have been wondering, this brief explanation is for you!
Many of our visitors are not Lutheran, and we think that’s wonderful! Questions are always welcome. If you would like to learn more or if you have specific questions, we would love to hear from you. Please phone the church office to make an appointment with one of the pastors.
What we believe about…..
* The Bible: The Bible is foundational to Christian faith. Through the “books” that make up the Bible, God has spoken and continues to speak to us today. In its pages, we can discover what God is like, what He expects from his people, what He has accomplished on our behalf, and what He has promised for our future. As the primary and authoritative witness to our faith, the Bible is the standard by which we evaluate all doctrine.
* God: God is the creator of the universe and continues to be intimately involved with his creation, sustaining it from day to day. People (including you and me!) are not here by accident, but by God’s design. The one God has shown Himself to his creation as Father, Son ,and Holy Spirit (what Christians call the “Trinity”). Christmas is a celebration of the Son’s coming to earth and being born as a man. In his life, Jesus Christ demonstrated to us a life of obedience to God and revealed to us what the unseen God is really like. On the cross, He freely gave his life for us. Easter celebrates his resurrection from the dead; Jesus Christ is alive forever and reigns as Lord of all creation!
* Sin and Forgiveness: Sin describes the condition of humankind: alienated from God and destined for death. Sin entered the world when people chose to live life in their own way rather than by God’s direction. It affects every area of our lives, including our relationships with other people and even with nature; and nothing we do can mend our broken relationship with God. Good News! What we could not do for ourselves, Jesus Christ has done for us. When God’s Son died on the cross, He broke the power of sin and death. Now God freely offers us the gift of forgiveness and the possibility of a restored relationship with Him. Lutherans call this grace, meaning we do not deserve God’s love and forgiveness nor can we earn them. Christians simply trust God to give what He has promised!
* The Christian Life: Lutherans believe that Christian life is not a series of dos and don’ts, but rather a response to God’s love. In our families, on the job, in service to others, and in prayer, our lives reflect our love and our gratitude to God. And Christian life does not end with death! God gives us the gift of everlasting life in his Kingdom! Meanwhile, God calls all who believe in Jesus to be a part of his family on earth, the church. Within Christian congregations of many denominations, God’s people experience mutual support and fellowship.
* Worship: Worship is actually worth-ship; when we worship, we acknowledge God’s worthiness to receive our love and praise. Worship is the appropriate response to all God is and all He has done. Lutheran worship uses a liturgy, a dignified and somewhat formal order of worship using responses both from Scripture and from the earliest worship services of the Church.
* Sacraments: Like most Protestants, Lutherans accept two sacraments. In Baptism, God makes the baptized person a member of his family and bestows on him/her the gift of the Holy Spirit. Lutherans baptize all ages, infant to adult, and most congregations baptize by pouring a small amount of water upon the head. In Holy Communion, in the tangible forms of bread and wine, Jesus’ real presence is there to offer us God’s forgiveness and renewed strength for daily living.