What We Believe

As Christians, we believe in the Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We confess Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, who is our Lord and Savior. At the core, we believe that the Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

 

But what does all that church-y language mean?  Well…we invite you come and learn more with us, but here’s a taste of what we’re talking about:

 

We believe in the Triune God

All at the same time, we believe that God is one in three and three in one.  God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – have always existed and will always exist. At the core of our faith, we believe that the Triune God desires to live in communion with all creation. One with God the Father, the Son of God was incarnate of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit and became human in the person of Jesus Christ…for you! Enveloping the messiness of this world, God embraced even our deepest and darkest realities and has made all things new.  In the cross and resurrection of Christ, we are set free from all that binds us and restored to relationship with God.  By that ever-nudging presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are drawn to this radical Gospel message: that God, above all things, desires relationship with you and loves you beyond compare.

 

So why do we believe in the Triune God?  Really, it boils down to the Gospel story. We believe in the Trinity because, through the work of the Triune God, we are restored to relationship with the God who created us, claimed us, chose us and called us to live in God’s kingdom.

 

We confess Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, who is our Lord and Savior

Jesus Christ – as the Son of God who became human for our sake – is the center of our confession as Christians.  In fact, he’s the reason that we call ourselves “Christians”! It all comes down to God’s action in and through Jesus Christ that we’re recreated to live in God’s image once again.  Born among us as a baby, living and walking among us to share the news of God’s kingdom, and dying on the cross to rise again on the third day, Jesus took on human flesh so that life, healing and forgiveness would be given to the world. That life has been given to you!  Now!  And for all eternity.  Because of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done, we claim Jesus as our Lord – the ruler of our lives and our world – and as our Savior – the one who came to save us from all that binds us.

 

The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe

When we talk about “the Gospel,” we don’t just mean the four books of the Bible that are called “Gospels” (aka: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).  In Greek, “Gospel” means “good news.”  What is the good news?  After reading what we’ve said above, it should be pretty clear.  The good news is the message of God’s unending love for all creation so that we can once again live in relationship with God and with each other. This message is grounded in Jesus Christ, the true shepherd of the cross, and is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

 

As Lutherans, we believe that it is by God’s work – not our own – that we live in renewed relationship with God.  Through faith, a response of trust in God’s promises, and the work of the Holy Spirit within us, we are freed to live in God’s new reality where all sin and brokenness are destroyed.

 

So yes, the “Gospels” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) do tell us this “good news.”  But so does the rest of the Bible.  And so does the incarnate Word – Jesus Christ.  And so does the gathered body of Christ as we proclaim this message to each other in word and deed.

 
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