In the words "Grace alone" we are saying that we believe and understand that we are all imperfect sinners saved by the incredible mercy of God in Christ Jesus. There is nothing that we can add to influence our salvation apart from what Christ has done for us.
Grace in Christ is received by faith alone. As Saint Paul writes, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
GOD'S WORD ALONE
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17. The Word of God is important for a growing faith. We believe that the Word of God is the infallible truth of salvation in Christ.
THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe in one true God that, equal in power, eternally exist in in three person in one divine essence that is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the creator of heaven and earth. We believe that God created all things through His Word in six days and on the seventh day He rested as taught in the Book of Genesis Chapter 1 and 2. We believe that God continues to care and provide for His creation and that all of creation is subject to God.
God created people in His image to be in a special relationship with him. However, Satan tempted them causing them to fall into sin losing their fellowship with God. On account of the fall, all people are born sinful and cannot, through their own efforts, reconcile themselves to God.
We believe that Jesus the Christ, is true God and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary by Holy Spirit. Although He took on flesh, Jesus is without sin. One the cross, He covered the wages of our sin which is death and yet defeated death through His resurrection on the third day. We believe that Jesus is now ascended to sit at the right hand of the father and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit the third person of the Holy Trinity; one with the Father and the Son. He convicts people of sin, leading them to confession, and creates faith which receives the Gospel. Martin Luther summarize the work of the Holy Spirit in the Small Catechism when he wrote "I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith." Luther's Small Catechism, Explanation of the Third Article.
THE MEANS OF GRACE
It is through the means of grace that the Holy Spirit gives us the forgiveness of sins and strengthens our faith. The Holy Spirit convey grace through the Gospel along with Holy Baptism, absolution, and the Lord's Supper.
WE ARE JOYFULLY LUTHERAN
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