What We Believe

What We Believe

  • So, What Do We Believe?
    By it’s name, Faith Lutheran obviously identifies us with an historic denomination and, by that, you might assume that you know who we are. You would miss the very heart of what makes us breathe if you did that. While Faith Lutheran worships on Sunday morning, there are three others who meet at 800 Brooks Street. We Lutherans believe what the LCMS (our denomination, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod) teaches of the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
  • What is a "Lutheran"?
    A Lutheran is a Christian who accepts and preaches the Bible-based beliefs of the first century of the church which were affirmed and clarified in the teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

    Grace Alone: 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.

    Faith 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 and believe this Good News have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

    Scripture 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.

  • The Sanctity of Life. God is the loving creator and sustainer of life and He alone has the responsibility for concluding it. The intentional taking of life through abortion and euthanasia takes God's plan and replaces it with our own.
  • Marriage, God's plan for sexual intimacy and procreation. God’s plan for sexual relationships is a good one and as a result, sex before, in addition to, or outside of male/female marriage is not just contrary to God's Word, it ultimately fails to produce the promise He intends it to give.

 

 

 
Drawing of the crucifixion, by John of the Cross, 1575.  John had a vision of the crucified Christ, which led him to create his famous drawing of Christ "from above."
 

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