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Beliefs

What We Believe, Teach and Confess . . .

  • that the LORD is God
     
  • that there is one God and three persons - Father - Son - Holy Spirit
     
  • in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
     
  • in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell; the third day  He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead
     
  • in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting
     
  • that since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, everyone is sinful
     
  • that every human being is born with a self-centered nature which violates God's will and desire
     
  • that each one of us sins daily in thoughts, words and deeds
     
  • that God is a just God Who must punish sin
     
  • that God is a merciful God Who sent His own Son to suffer and die on account of all sins
     
  • that Jesus the Christ atoned for all sins of all people of all time
     
  • that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter and demonstrated to the world that His sacrifice was sufficient and that sin, death and the devil were defeated
     
  • that the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner through the message of God's Law which accuses
     
  • that the Holy Spirit grants the gift of repentance and works the gift of faith in the sinner through the message of God's Gospel (the Good News that Jesus died and rose again for all people)
     
  • that the one, holy Church is made up of all people who trust that Jesus Christ is their Redeemer
     
  • that the LORD has given two sacraments to the Church -- Baptism (for infants and adults) and the Lord's Supper (for the nurturing of faith for those who are prepared to commune)
     
  • that the very Body and the very Blood of Jesus are received in the Lord's Supper and give the gifts of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation
     
  • that the LORD sustains His Church through the Word of the Gospel
     
  • that the fellowship that God establishes with His people on earth will continue after this life as believers live with Him in Heaven for all eternity
     
  • that salvation alone comes by the grace of God alone through faith alone in Christ alone as revealed in the Bible alone, and,
     
  • that all of this is most certainly true!

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