Mission and Beliefs 2016-10-21T11:48:44+00:00

Our Mission

GLORIFY GOD

Worship God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness and service.

SPREAD THE WORD

Carry out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to all people to bring them to faith in Christ and doing all ministry with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier of all.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Serve in response to God’s love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged, advocating dignity and justice for all people.

Our Core Beliefs

GOD

We believe in one God who is revealed in Scripture as triune or “three-in-one”: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20)

  • Father: God is the Creator who made all things including us; who daily provides for our needs and desires to have a loving relationship with us. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27)
  • Son: God is the Son, who became a human being – Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is the Messiah, whose death and resurrection demonstrate the depth of the Father’s eternal love for all creation. Jesus gives us salvation. (Romans 1:1-4)
  • Holy Spirit: God is the Spirit who brings people to faith in Jesus, the Son. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence among us, and empowers us to lead holy lives. (John 14:26)
THE CHURCH

We believe all who have faith in Jesus are part of the Church. The Bible calls the Church the “Body of Christ,” whose mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ – the salvation that He gives by grace. We welcome to our church all that are seeking God, no matter where they may be on their faith journey. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

We believe God’s grace is fully and freely given to all through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through this grace our sin is forgiven, healing our broken relationship with God. We cannot earn God’s love by our good works, good behavior, or being holy. Rather, we do such things in faith as a response to God’s grace in Christ. 

Justification refers to the way God heals our broken relationship through Jesus. Grace is God’s unconditional love for us. Justification by grace through faith in Jesus is the center of Lutheran theology. (Ephesians 2:8)

THE WORD OF GOD

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors to serve as the authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith and life.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13)

  • The Bible was given to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the source of what we teach and the norm for how we are to live. (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Jesus is the Word of God in human form. (John 1:1-3)
SACRAMENTS

We believe a sacrament is an act that is commanded by Christ, uses a physical or earthly element, and through connection with the Word bears God’s promise of grace. We observe two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.

  • In Baptism, we are joined to Jesus’ death, raised with Him to new life, forgiven of our sin, and claimed as God’s children forever. Because all humans have a sinful nature and in need of God’s grace, we affirm the practice of baptizing infants, as well as adults. (Romans 6:3-5)
  • In Holy Communion, God forgives our sins and strengthens us for holy living to renew our relationship with God and others. We believe in the “Real Presence” of Jesus in the bread and wine that we share. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
CREEDS AND CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS

We believe that the three ecumenical creeds of the Church (Apostles’Nicene and Athanasian) each bear true witness to who God is, and how God desires to be in loving relationship with us and with all creation. 

We believe that the Augsburg Confession and the other Lutheran Confessional writings in the Book of Concord are also true understandings of the Christian faith. We rejoice in the role of Lutheran Christians who have made God’s love in Christ known to the world through the centuries.

Our Values

+ Worship life is a priority for our Pastor, members and visitors. We seek to provide worship that is liturgical, flexible, relevant, scripturally based, and seasonal, with music and leadership that is inspirational and reflects our reverence for God.

+ Believing that all people are created equal by God, we strive to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place where all are welcome and find their part in our ministries.

+ We value the experience of each generation, seeking to extend God’s call and compassion to all.

+ As we seek to live out Christ’s mercy and compassion, we are mutual partners in the Gospel with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Southeastern Synod, neighboring congregations and global/community agencies.

+ We strive to embrace paradox (including Law and Gospel, Saint and Sinner, Theology of the Cross and Theology of Glory) and diversity of theological, political, and social thought – we are richer through our differences.

+ Stewardship is a way of life – being good stewards of all the resources God has placed in our charge (time, talent, treasures, the gift of creation). We give as an act of worship.

+ We seek to educate and equip members to claim their personal ministry in order to live out their faith in daily life, making Christ known to themselves and others.