What We Believe
Engage and equip people to embrace Jesus Christ
To be a growing Christ-centered, Spirit-led community
- Receiving Grace—Salvation is a gift; it is free and cannot be earned. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God provides salvation from sin, death, and the power of evil. We receive this free gift of grace by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9
- Worshiping—We worship in diverse ways that provide vibrant, meaningful, and spiritual experiences to praise God. Hebrews 12:28
- Praying—We practice prayer as a conversation with God. It is the foundation of all we do as individuals and as a congregation. Philippians 4:6-7
- Inviting the Unchurched—We are committed to God’s call to spread his Word by actively inviting all to join us. Matthew 28:19-20
- Welcoming All People—We are a church that accepts all, as they are, with open arms. Hebrews 13:2
- Gathering in Community—We nurture each other by sharing our joys, blessings, and sorrows. Hebrews 10:24-25
- Learning and Living in God’s Word—We intentionally study the Bible in order to grow our understanding and application of God’s teachings. 2 Timothy 3:16
- Serving—We generously offer our time and talents to fulfill God’s will throughout the world. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
- We believe in the Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God in three persons.
- We believe that God the Father created the universe. He is loving, compassionate, just and full of grace. His deepest desire is to live in a vital and authentic relationship with all people.
- We believe that, because of his desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through Jesus, all people can enter into a relationship with God.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through him, Jesus loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. These gifts of the Spirit are meant to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ and for loving and serving all people in the name of Jesus.
- We believe that the church, from the local congregation or the worldwide fellowship of believers, is the Body of Christ. As his Body, we are called to worship him, serve him and be the vehicle through which the Good News in its fullness is shared with the world.
- We affirm and identify with the confessions of the Lutheran Church. We affirm the centrality of grace alone, faith alone and word alone. We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
- We believe in, and practice, the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.
- We believe that through the waters of Baptism, God reaches out to us with a promise of new life by calling us into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is a life-long journey of faith. We affirm the Baptism of infants. We also welcome and rejoice when adults are baptized as they seek to mark their new life in Christ.
- We believe that through Communion, God comes to love us and forgive us. It is a meal of spiritual renewal as we celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ true presence.
- We believe in the worth and value of each and every human being. Created in God's image, all human life has dignity. At the same time we acknowledge that humankind is separated from God because of sin. We joyfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, through whom forgiveness is possible. It is that forgiveness that restores fallen humankind's worth, redeeming us and leading us towards transformation, becoming the person God wants us to become.
- We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we don't know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His anticipated return inspiring all people to make the most of their life today.