To worship the Lord Jesus in prayer and praise
To love the Lord our God
To love one another
To lead people to commit themselves to Christ
To preach and teach the inerrant Word of God
To be servants of Christ in our community and in the world
WHAT WE BELIEVE
from the Scriptures
Our guide to the Christian faith is God’s Word, the Bible. It is the complete written Word of God, preserved through the ages by the Holy Spirit for our salvation and instruction. We hold that the Bible, as a whole and in all its parts, is the Word of God under all circumstances regardless of man's attitude toward it.
Our beliefs are summed up in the following creeds and documents.
They are a distillation of the basics of the Christian faith, drawn from Scripture.
The Apostle's 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 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 at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe 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. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Luther's Small Catechism
Written during a time when most people were illiterate, Luther's Small Catechism was intended as a guide for Bible instruction in the home. Luther condensed the truths of Scripture into a question and answer format that was easily memorized. This exposition of the faith continues to be a valuable guide for us today.
The (Unaltered) Augsburg Confession
The Augsburg Confession is the classic summary of what Lutherans believe about God, humanity, sin, faith, the church, and the sacraments.