The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God and is free from error in the whole and in the part. It is our final authority for faith and conduct.
There is one God eternally existent in three distinct person in one divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Father has revealed Himself as the Creator, preserver, and ruler of the universe.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was born of the virgin, Mary, and lived a perfect life. Through His death and resurrection, He won salvation for us. He ascended into heaven and will one day return to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit is eternally one with the Father and with the Son. Through the Word of God, He convicts people of sin and enlightens them with the Gospel. He sactifies and preserves believers, and empowers them to spread the Gospel message.
The Human Race
God made people in His image. He made Adam and Eve, the first humans, to live in perfect fellowship with Him, but they disobeyed Him and broke that relationship. Because of their sin, all people are born sinners separated from God. We deserve God's wrath and eternal punishment.
Though our sin separates us from God, He has provided a way for our relationship with Him to be restored. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us. He lived a perfect life, but was put to death on the cross. As He died, He paid for the sins of all people, satisfying God's wrath. He died in our place and rose again, defeating sin, death and the devil.
The salvation that Christ won is offered to everyone, but it must be received through faith in Him.
The Means of Grace
Christ's saving work is delivered to us through the means of grace.
1. God's Word is the primary means of grace. Through the message of the Gospel, God works faith in human hearts.
We believe that the sacraments, baptism and communion, are more than just symbols. Through them, God gives us His saving grace.
2. In baptism, we are buried with Christ and raised with Christ. Through it, God applies Christ's saving work to us. We baptize infants because they are also sinners in need of salvation. We believe that in baptism, God gives the gift of faith to them, but their salvation will be lost if they turn away from that faith. Baptism gets its power from God's Word as a person is baptized "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
3. In Communion (the Lord's Supper), Christ nourishes us
with His true body and blood in, with, and under the bread
and the wine for the forgiveness of our sins. Communion gets its power from God's Word as Christ's words of institution are repeated.
The Church (with a capital C) includes all who truly believe in Christ as their Savior. The local congregation is an assembly of believers in a certain location where the Gospel is purely taught and the sacraments rightly administered.
We hold to the historic Lutheran confessions. This does not mean that we don't follow the Bible. It just means that we believe these writings accurately explain the teachings of Scripture. These writings are found in the Book of Concord. They include the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism. We also hold to the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian creeds.