We Believe, Teach and Confess...
- God makes Himself known through the true, inspired, and authoritative Word of God, the Bible, which doesn't just contain the words of God but are the words of God. Scripture alone is used to interpret Scripture. Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12
- There is only one spiritual path to heaven and eternal life. That path is through the God of Scripture who has revealed himself as Triune God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4; Malachi 2:10; Matthew 3:16; 28:19; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I John 5:11-12
- People from conception rebel in their hearts against God and have abandoned their relationship with Him, which is called sin. The result is the curse of death and people can do nothing on their own to reverse this consequence. Psalm 51:1; Romans 3:21-28; 5:18-19; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:18-19
- God the Father is the creator of the universe and His Word reveals that He is a just God who requires holiness. God's Word also reveals that He is a God of mercy, grace, and love, fully demonstrated in His son, Jesus. Genesis 1- 2; Psalm 78:38-39, 52-55; Romans 5:7-9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 1:22-23; 1 Peter 1:15-16
- God the Son, Jesus, 100% human and 100% God, came to us and experienced all the pain, suffering, and temptation we do. But because He was God, He did what none of us can do: He never sinned. He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross to pay the price for the rebellion of the world. Through His crucifixion, Jesus paid in full the debt we owe for our rebellion and has restored our relationship with God. His resurrection testifies to the new life we've been given in Him. Because of this, we no longer have to fear the consequence of death. John 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 5:21; 15:56-57; Colossians 3:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19
- God, the Holy Spirit, gives us our very ability to believe, trust, and have faith in Jesus. That same Spirit constantly opens our eyes to who Jesus is and what He is doing. The Holy Spirit encourages and empowers us to be transformed in our relationship with God. John 16:5-15; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:9-10; Philippians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; 2:9
- God uses His Word, Holy Baptism, and the Lord's Supper as real, tangible ways for us to receive His grace, new life, and for the strengthening of our faith. We believe in infant Baptism and in the real presence of Jesus' body and blood in the Lord's Supper in, with, and under the bread and wine. Through the Holy Spirit's work, it is the Word of God in and with the water, wine and bread, that we receive forgiveness, new life, and the promise of eternal life. Matthew 26:26-27; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:28; Romans 1:16-17; 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:16
- God gathers His people, those whom He has brought into a relationship with Jesus, into the Church as a community. He has uniquely gifted each person for a specific work in His kingdom. It's in the gathering of this community of believers that, through the Holy Spirit, people are strengthened in the faith, experience His love, are unified in Christ, and are encouraged by one another for His good work and life on this earth. Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:1-16; Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 10:24-25
- God sends the people of His Church out into the world. He entrusts them, empowered by the Holy Spirit, with the work of sharing His grace, mercy, and love with all nations so that all might come to know Him and His love and give Him praise. Matthew 5:13-16; 24:14; 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Peter 3:14-15
- All Christians are called to confess the faith. Sadly, there is significant disagreement about what Scripture says among those who call themselves Christian. We subscribe to The Lutheran Confessions contained in The Book of Concord, as a true and binding exposition of Holy Scripture. These confessions serve as authoritative texts for all pastors and congregations to ensure that the doctrines believed, taught, and confessed are faithful to God's Word. It's around this common confession that we have unity in faith that leads to a unified witness to our Savior. 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 13:8-9
Gathering is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).
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