This We Believe
Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We affirm the three ancient creeds of the Church; The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. As a congregation, our mission statement is: We WELCOME all people, CONNECT them to other believers, EQUIP them with God’s Word, and SEND them into all the world.
What We Believe. . .
. . .about the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness so that the child of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
No other author, ancient or contemporary, should be put on par with scripture but rather be held subordinate to the Word of God. Scripture is the final authority in matters of faith and life.
. . .about the Church
The Church is not a congregation or a denomination or a particular style of worship or a human tradition but rather the Church is the assembly of saints in which the Gospel is taught purely and the sacraments are rightly administered.
. . .about Salvation
We believe that salvation comes to us as a gift of God through faith and by his grace. Paul wrote in Romans 3, “We hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” And again in Ephesians 2, “For grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God—not because of works, lest anyone should boast.”
. . .about Worship
Worship is the most important thing that we do. We were created for eternity with a heart to praise the Lord. However, through sin and darkness, this desire has been overshadowed. Therefore, worship draws us back into fellowship with God, enables us to hear the good news, forgive our sins and celebrate the gift of the sacraments.
. . .about Communion
Communion is the means of grace by which God forgives, restores, welcomes and builds community. More than merely a symbol, we believe that Christ is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine. Those who have been baptized and believe that Christ is present and the forgiveness of sins takes place are welcomed to communion at Christ Lutheran regardless of their church affiliation.
. . .about Baptism
Baptism is the means of grace by which God names and claims us as his very own. Through baptism, we become children of God and are given the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the water and the Word, God liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are born fallen creatures, in bondage to sin, yet through baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life.
. . .about Free Will
Without God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not capable of making ourselves acceptable to God, fearful of God or believing in God with our whole heart. As Luther once wrote, “I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in Christ my Lord or come to him. It is the Holy Spirit that calls me through the Gospel, enlightens me with his gifts, and sanctifies and keeps me in true faith.”