Confession and Jesus Christ
We confess that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior. We confess that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, eternally one with God the Creator, and one with the Holy Spirit, the sustainer and sanctifier or our lives.
We believe that Jesus is fully human and fully divine, two distinct natures in one person, and that Jesus is completely of one substance with God the Father, yet fully human.
We believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, an earthly mother, and born of Spirit from above, the only begotten Son of God the Father.
We believe that Jesus lived a fully human life in every way, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin in his own life.
We believe that he died on the cross; that he was crucified at the hands of lawless persons, but that God raised him from the dead.
We believe that Jesus Christ calls all persons to repent and believe the good news that God's Kingdom reigns and is coming in fullness and power, that his disciples are call to "Go and make disciples of all nations," until the Lord returns and "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
In the atoning death of Jesus Christ, we are offered the forgiveness of sins. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are offered the hope of physical resurrection and eternal life to come in God's kingdom.
The Word and the Creator
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the authoritative word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and given so that all nations might hear the promise of salvation, turn and be saved in Jesus' name.
God is active as Creator, and has been revealed throughout history through the prophets and apostles, whom the Holy Spirit has anointed and sent to call the nations to repentance and to return to living relationship with the Lord of life.
Our Church Calling
We believe that the church is called to be the living Body of Christ in the world: preaching the Gospel to all, baptizing, teaching, and healing, offering Holy Communion to all the children in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe we are called to be disciples and servants of the living God, and the each one is a child of God, and equipped with God given gifts for the common good and called to serve God in our daily lives.
Our Covenant of Faith with the Lord
We believe that the covenant of faith is a sacred calling, trust, and relationship between God and humanity, and that the covenant of marriage is a sacred relationship between a man and woman in the presence of God. We believe that all who are called, elected, and ordained to the office of minister of Word and Sacrament should exercise leadership, government, and discipline when serving the church. Elder and Deacon are called to live a life of holiness. So that whether single or married, they are called to be faithful toward God and exercise fidelity in all relationships to the honor and glory of God. We believe that all persons are sinful in the sight of God, that "None are righteous, no, not one," that all have strayed and fallen short of the glory of God. Nonetheless, we are call to repentance and to walk in humble relationship with God and one another in the grace, peace, and love of God. We are all called to examine our own lives and to walk in humility before God and neighbor, restoring one another in the spirit of reconciling love.
We believe that God is a holy, righteous, and just God; yet steadfast and faithful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love toward all generations. There is an appointed day of judgment when goodness and evil shall be separated; the righteous will inherit everlasting life, while all who remain in sin shall be judged because the wages of sin is death and ultimate separation from the Kingdom of God.