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(John 3:16)

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), so that whoever believes in him won’t perish, but have everlasting life.”

WHAT WE BELIEVE

There are a lot of beliefs out there in the world.  There is only one which has the statement quoted above.    From the Holy Scriptures we know that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the one person called Jesus Christ.  That this, The Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, that he was crucified, died and was buried, and the third day he truly rose again from the dead, so that whoever believes in him won’t perish, but have everlasting life, and that this gift through the grace of God is a free gift of salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and life and hope of everlasting life, to be received through faith.  Further, as Jesus has promised, he is coming again, and we will all be raised, and there will be no more suffering, or sin or death, and God will wipe all our tears, and we shall live with him forever in the kingdom of glory. 

This salvation was won for us by our Savior in real life at the real place on this world, in real time (1st century a.d. Israel) in fulfillment of the Old Testament Holy Scriptures which prophesied about his coming.  We also believe as the Holy Scriptures state, and as demonstrable, are the Word of God, and that they are God’s inspired,  inerrant, infallible, trustworthy, that they record and bring to us the knowledge of God’s love, that they give us the knowledge of Jesus’ miracles as real and true, and his words in the Bible are real and true and also worthy of our trust.   And we believe also, as said, that he will return again one day soon, but there will also be a judgment, and the danger of being cut off from God in hell, without this free gift to all received by grace through faith, if we reject him to the end.

Due to the fall into sin long ago (Genesis 3), sin and the condition of sin and the curse are passed down, and as a result all need salvation.  But God is love, God is merciful, God is full of grace, and because of his Holy and saving love he sent his Son to rescue us from the condition we all suffer.  God universally offers this of gift of salvation through Jesus Christ to the whole world, and to you, to be believed that we may be saved.

We can see in brief just a couple of the many passages from Holy Scripture below.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth.” From this we see his eternal divinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, he created all things, and in the fullness of time Jesus became flesh and dwelled among us.”

(John 1:1-5, 14)

We see as well, likewise, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

(Philippians 2:5-11)

We see as well, likewise, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

(Philippians 2:5-11)

“19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

(Romans 3:19-26)

Why This Matters

Why does all of this matter?  You matter.  Truth matters.  God matters.  What we believe matters.  Look at the world.  Look at everything going on, and what people suffer from sin.  God saw, God sees, God so loved that God sent his Son Jesus Christ to save us and one day upon his return he will reverse the fall.  The thing is, not everyone believes this.  We would love to share more with you.  Just ask. 

God insists on accountability regarding keeping the faith in his Church.  We do not hide who we are, what our faith statements of what we believe, teach, and confess are either.  There are differences out there.  Yes, We are all sinners saved by God’s gift of grace through Jesus Christ!  As a congregation and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a nearly 2 million member church body, a theologically confessional denomination with ties back to the Reformation itself in the 1500’s, we cling by grace to this gift of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures because we need him. 

By maintaining our confession, and our walk together in our denomination, and our walk together with other like denominations in theological confession with us, and fellow Christians, we are held accountable, too.   

To find out more about what we believe and for full disclosure, simply contact our pastor, or you can also go online to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod website at https://www.lcms.org/.  We also have Bible studies together for exactly this topic of what we believe, such as our life in Christ and the adult information studies, and youth confirmation, too.  Our school also teaches the faith to our students.  For more information on the latter, please go to our school page on this website.