What We Believe

What We Believe

  • Enthusiastic Discipleship
    We believe Jesus calls us to be his followers, his students, and his hands. We endeavor to constantly learn more about God’s desire for this world and for humans created in God’s image. We strive to be living examples of God’s love for all creation, including all humans – and we mean all.

  • Innovative Outreach
    We believe God calls, equips and empowers us to make God’s love known in our community and the world. We search for new and innovative ways to express God’s love in the activities we host, free of charge, for our neighborhood. In all that we do, we seek to freely give as we have been freely given. We believe God has blessed us to be a blessing to others.

  • Transformative Acts of Service
    We believe that when we act as servants of God’s creation we make a difference to others and the environment. We strive to use resources with concern for God’s creation by, recycling, buying locally, and considering more than just the price when making buying decisions. We continually search for ways to do God’s Work with Our Hands (©ELCA) as we feed the hungry, care for those in crisis, visit the sick and imprisoned, support public education, confront prejudice, and promote justice for all the oppressed and marginalized.

  • We believe when God says God loves all the world, it means all – everyone, just as they are.

  • We believe that God spoke the world into being and did it in God’s time.

  • We believe God made all humans in God’s image; whatever they look like.

  • We believe that humans broke the personal relationship we had with God and that God is constantly trying to reunite us in a personal relationship.

  • We believe that God loved everyone so much that God’s Son, Jesus, was sent to fulfill the promise of God’s faithful commitment of love for us.

  • We believe Jesus is the true expression of God’s love; truly God, truly human.

  • We believe that through Jesus our sins are forgiven; for “he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy” (Titus 3:5) and that our response to this forgiveness is to repent (turn toward God) and live a life of grace and love for others.

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us in this time and place. That the Holy Spirit is the power from on high promised by Jesus (Luke 24:49), and that the Holy Spirit is sent by God to teach us everything, and remind us of all that Jesus has said to us (John 14:26). That the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith” (The Book of Concord; Small Catechism.)

  • We believe in, and practice, the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

  • We believe that Baptism is enclosed in God’s water, word, and command: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20.) We believe Baptism is God’s choosing us and is a sign of God’s commitment to us. We believe Baptism is for all people, regardless of age.

  • We believe that Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus in, with and under the elements of bread and wine which is instituted by Jesus himself, on the night in which he was betrayed, for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.)

  • We believe in the worth and value of each and every human being; regardless of age, race, color, gender or national origin. We believe that having been created in God’s image, all human life mirrors the divine and should be treated with dignity. We believe God views all human life worth dying for, and calls us to a similar view.

  • We believe the Holy Bible (Scripture) is the word of God and “that the story of God’s steadfast love and mercy in Jesus is the heart and center of what the Scriptures have to say” (ELCA Teaching; Scriptures, Creeds, Confessions.)

  • We joyfully proclaim the good news of Jesus that God is a God with unmerited mercy, overflowing love, and boundless compassion for us.

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