What We Believe
We believe that the God of the Bible created all that exists. The human race has sinned against God, and does not have the power to redeem itself. The result is separation from God who is the source of life and of everything good. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to do for us what we could not do. Jesus' death paid the price for our sin, and his resurrection secured eternal life for us. Now the Holy Spirit works faith in believers, and calls them together into Christ's church on earth. Baptism is the means by which the Spirit comes to us.
Our faith concerns a relationship with God which transforms our lives and takes us into eternity. Jesus Christ is the indispensible part of all this. As he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6)."
We believe the Scriptures are the only source of authority for believers. We also accept the Apostles Creed, and two other creeds, as valid summaries of the Christian faith. We accept statements from the 16th Century called the Lutheran Confessions as valid summaries of scriptural teachings.