Simply put, we are Christians. And everything that we do, say, or believe comes from our belief in Jesus Christ as the one who continually brings us back to God.
Of course, there is more to it than that. Here are some of the things that we teach and embody as a congregation here:
- We believe that the one true God is known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the Holy Trinity, and this is how we understand God as the one who creates, blesses, sanctifies, saves, and inspires faith in all people.
- We believe that Jesus, God’s Son, brings salvation to the world in order to redeem all of creation from sin – the thoughts, actions, and corrupted nature that sets us apart from God’s intentions for us. We believe that Jesus is God in human form and helps us to understand God more fully. We believe that Jesus died on a cross and was raised to new life, opening the door for all of us to have new life with God.
- We believe that the bible is the inspired and living Word of God. We believe that the bible contains truths about God, but that it is also the story of God’s participation and interaction in the lives of God’s people. We read from the bible at every single worship service. We look at how God has been present in the lives of our predecessors and how God is still present in our lives.
- We believe that God brings signs of grace into our lives through sacraments. For the Lutheran church, those sacraments are Baptism and Holy Communion. (See the Why Lutheran? page for more info on baptism) For us, we only celebrate sacraments when the church is gathered together.
- We believe that all people, including us, are unable to live lives of justice and peace on our own. We know that we will always want to put ourselves above others. But we believe that God has shown us a better way to live, and that God will give us faith and lead us in that better way. We are all just learning to listen to and follow God.
All of these beliefs guide our lives. We serve others in the community and around the world because of what we believe. We take an active role in faith formation because of what we believe. We support people who are hurting because of what we believe. And we don’t judge others for what they do (or don’t do) because of what we believe.
Our belief, our practice, and our goals always point back to God. That’s why our Mission Statement is so squarely focused on God’s action that we participate in:
God Brings In,
God Builds Up,
God Sends Out.