What We Believe
Our Church is deeply rooted in the Word of God. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, and we subscribe to the three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian), as well as the Lutheran Confessions as accurate statements regarding the truth of God’s Word.
We believe in the one true God, who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit. We believe that humankind, created perfectly, went against God’s will and brought sin into the world. Since then, all people have inherited that sin and are born sinful.
We believe, teach and confess that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord, and that through faith in Him we receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation. We believe that people cannot save themselves by their good works. We believe that in order to save us, God sent His Son into the world. Jesus is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God’s Law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty that our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven and will come again to take all believers to Himself. We believe that because of Jesus’ death, God declares a person righteous and forgiven. All those who believe in Jesus as Savior will be saved. We believe that this faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God uses His Word and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to apply His grace and forgiveness to us. Our worship, therefore, centers around these things.
Obviously, this is a very condensed summary of what we believe. We invite you to come worship with us, and in the Narthex, pick up a Welcome Folder with the booklet “A Simple Explanation of Christianity”.
Want to learn even more? Want to discuss what these things mean? Want to ask questions? We invite you to come to the Catechism class with Pastor Poock. Please contact the Church Office to find out when the next session will be offered.
There also are many excellent resources available for deeper information and study of the Christian faith. You can click on the title of any book in the following list to go to the Concordia Publishing House (CPH) website to place an order for a personal copy.
- Lutheran Study Bible – The first, and only, study Bible prepared entirely from the ground up by Lutherans, offering a uniquely keen focus on the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, and shining a brilliant light on the heart and center of the Scriptures: Christ and Him crucified, risen and ascended for your salvation—it’s all about Jesus, in every way, for you. The Lutheran Study Bible gives you practical helps and aids to strengthen your life of prayer and meditation on God’s Word with life application notes and prayers throughout the Bible.
- Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation – Written by Martin Luther in 1529, this explanation of Christianity summarizes the Bible’s key teachings simply, clearly, and memorably. It will help you understand how God gives you His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
- Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions – A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord – The Book of Concord is the authoritative collection of the Lutheran Church’s statements of faith. It contains documents which Lutheran Christians have used since the sixteenth century to explain, defend, and advance their witness to the truth of God’s Word.
- www.lcms.org – Official website of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
- www.cph.org – Concordia Publishing House is a resource for an entire library of study materials.
- www.thewordendures.org – If you are not at all familiar with Lutheran theology and would like a quick overview created for newcomers, check out this website. There are three videos where Pastor Will Weedon explains Lutheran teaching and practice to an outsider.
- www.issuesetc.org – A ten-hour weekly syndicated radio talk show and podcast. The program hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken features expert guests and expansive topics while extolling Christ.
- www.lutherancatechism.com – This site is devoted to identifying, gathering, propagating, and pointing to resources to promote the use of Luther’s catechisms.
- The Lutheran Hour – Available on the internet and as a radio program, preaching the Gospel through weekly sermons, daily devotions, and other media resources.
- Lutheran Service Book – This book contains the Orders of Service, the psalms, and hymns that enrich our worship at Divine Services.
- Treasury of Daily Prayer (or the Pray Now app for Android and Apple devices) – An all-in-one resource for daily devotions.
- The Spirituality of the Cross by Gene E. Veith Jr – This book explores the topic of spirituality by presenting a true understanding of justification by faith, the means of grace, the two kingdoms, worship, and the church.
- The Defense Never Rests by Craig Parton – This critique of American Christianity chronicles the spiritual pilgrimage of one man and provides a defense of the pure Gospel.
- The Christian Faith by Robert Kolb – In this book, the author presents the basic teachings of the Christian faith from the Lutheran framework. This framework presents all the articles of faith in accordance with the Scriptures and also correctly distinguishes between Law and Gospel.
- Reading the Psalms with Luther – English translation of Luther’s Summaries of the Psalms, 1531. This edition includes the ESV translation of the Psalms, Luther’s introductions to each of the 150 psalms and a suggested schedule for reading the Psalter.