We believe, teach, and confess that:

The one and only true God is the Triune God -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – as revealed by Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of the Father, and His prophets, apostles, and evangelists in the Holy Scriptures (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 who 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). 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).

The Holy Church is present wherever believers are gathered about Jesus Christ and His gifts, that is, wherever the Gospel of Jesus Christ is purely preached and taught, and Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, Holy Communion are administered according to Christ’s mandate and institution, even though unbelievers or hypocrites may also be numbered among those gathered (Mt. 18:20; Acts 2:42; Mt. 13:47-48).

Our Lord Jesus Christ will appear visibly on the Last Day to raise 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 factual 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 (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:22; Luke 24:47).

The Word of God is a two-fold word – the Law, which reveals our sin and seeks and kills the sinner, and the Gospel, which announces, offers, delivers, and applies the forgiveness of sins.

The Sacrament of the Altar

We are also delighted to have you join us for worship. If you wish to receive Holy Communion, please know that we desire that for you as well. As part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) we practice closed communion.

The Lord’s Supper is offered to our communicant members. It is also offered to those who are in good standing of congregations in full altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS.* Because we believe, teach, and confess that the Sacrament of the Altar is such a big step, we ask that you visit with the pastor first to introduce yourself to him and to tell him the name of your home LCMS congregation. This is born out of our desire to be faithful to the Word of God (I Corinthians 11:23-32) and out of Christian love for you. We ask all in attendance to please honor our practice.

If you are not a member of a LCMS congregation, we encourage you to contact Pastor for more information on how to become a member and we encourage you to learn more regarding our Communion practice. *Sadly, the ELCA is not in altar and pulpit fellowship for many significant reasons and cannot commune at this altar.*

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