Who We Are
Statement of Belief We believe, teach and confess
The one and only true God is the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:20).
Every human being is conceived and born dead to God, is entirely predisposed to sin, is without inherent fear, love or trust in God and is lacking in the ability or will to turn toward God, is entirely turned against God and is therefore under the sentence of eternal death and damnation
(Eph. 2:1-10; Ps. 51:5).
Jesus Christ is true God, eternally begotten of the Father, and at the same time true man, born of the Virgin Mary, and is the only Savior from sin and the only Mediator between God and humanity (Jn. 1:1-3, 14; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Jn. 5:20; Acts 4:12).
who, by his perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross,
has won the entire forgiveness of sins and eternal life for
every human being, from the beginning to the end of the
world (Rom. 3:21-26; Gal. 4:4-5; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Jn. 2:2).
who rose bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-5); and
who now reigns at the right hand of God as Lord over all (Eph. 4:10-12).
We are justified, or declared not guilty, in the sight of God and rescued from sin, death, and damnation not by our works but solely by God's undeserved kindness, His grace given as a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ, whose perfect life and sacrificial death as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" fully atone for our sins (Rom. 3:21-28; Eph. 2:8; John 1:29).
The blessings and benefits of Jesus' saving death and resurrection, namely the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation, are offered, delivered, and applied to us by means of the Gospel, through which the Holy Spirit works faith in Christ. To this end Christ has instituted the Office of the Ministry and sends pastors to preach, teach and administer the holy sacraments in His stead and name. (Jn. 6:63; 16:12-15; Lk. 24:47; Mt. 28:19; Jn. 20:21-23; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
Good works, prayer and holiness of life are the fruit of faith in Christ, not the cause of faith or salvation (Jn. 15:5; Heb. 11:16).
Holy Baptism, which is water applied in the Name of the Triune God according to Jesus' mandate and promise, works rebirth and renewal, delivers and applies the forgiveness of sins, joins the bapized to Jesus' death and resurrection, and grants eternal life and salvation to all who believe the promise of salvation attached to Baptism (Mt 28:19-20; Jn. 3:5; Titus 3:5; Eph. 5:25-26; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:11-12; 1 Peter 3:21).
Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given in and with the bread and wine, for Christians to eat and drink, instituted by Jesus Christ Himself, for the forgiveness of their sins (Mt 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
The Christian life is one of continual repentance and faith, from which flow good works as the fruit of faith (Mt 12:33; Lk. 24:47).
Our Lord Jesus Christ will appear visibly on the Last Day to reaise the bodies of all the dead, to condemn those who reject Him in unbelief together with the devil and his demons to hell and eternal punishment, and to give eternal life to all who trust in Him for forgiveness, life, and salvation (Rev. 1:7; Mt 25:31-46; Jn. 5:28-29).
Holy Scripture, or the Holy Bible, is the written Word of God, is the very "breath of God" and so is without error and is the only source and final authority and judge of all teaching, practice, and life. Holy Scripture preaches the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the repentance and faith of the sinner (2Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:22; Luke 24:47).