- That God created people and determined how we should be and live.
- That we failed to be what God requires of us and therefore He has every right to punish us for our sins.
- That the Bible is entirely inspired and without error.
- That God is merciful and gracious, and therefore He saved us by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world to live a holy life and die an innocent death for us.
- That we have full pardon for all our sins when we hold to Christ in faith.
- That through our second birth by the Holy Spirit we are to live a new life according to God's direction.
- That our purpose in life is to serve God and our neighbor by working faithfully with the talents God gives us.
- That Christians should gather regularly to worship our loving God and carry out His command to tell everyone about Jesus.
- That when this life is over, a joy-filled life in heaven awaits those who die believing in Jesus.
WE believe in the Holy Trinity and the Holy Scriptures. The great reformer Martin Luther (1483–1546) published a summary of the Christian faith that we use today with youth and adults. These six statements summarize the Bible and the Christian life for us:
The Ten Commandments
“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
"Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
“Thou shalt not kill.”
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
“Thou shalt not steal.”
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.”
“Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” (Drawn from Exodus 20:3–17)
Regarding the commandments, God said:
“I, the Lord, thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate Me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:5–6)
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
TEXTS on Baptism:
“GO ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.” Matt. 28; 18-20
“REPENT and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” Acts 2; 38-39
“[According to His mercy He saved us]
By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.” (Titus 3:5–8a)
“WE are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
Confession and Absolution
“The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whosever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained.” (John 20:22–23; confer Matthew 16:19)
OUR Lord Jesus Christ, in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and, when he had given thanks, he brake it and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat; this is my Body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also, he took the cup, when he had supped, and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; this cup is the New Testament in my Blood, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins; this do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also, He took the cup, when He had supped, and, when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; this cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins; this do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. (Drawn from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23–25)