Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
We are a Lutheran church. To be Lutheran means that we accept the scriptural truths that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century and led to a renewed focus on the grace and forgiveness of Jesus.
Our beliefs can be summarized by the statements of: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.
From beginning to end salvation hinges on what God does for us. God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. Salvation is not something we have in any way earned or achieved: salvation comes to us freely. We are saved by grace alone.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. Christ does the work that saves so that we are saved by grace alone, human works and merit are excluded: salvation is by faith alone.
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. Every doctrine must be grounded in and measured by what God has said in his Word, Scripture.
For a more thorough description of our beliefs as a church and our views on current cultural issues, please visit: https://www.lcms.org/about/beliefs