We believe that a loving God created everything there is, and that this creation and our relationship to God and each other is broken by sin, which came into play when the devil tempted our first parents to sin. The problem is so great that nothing we can do will repair it. But God is still loving, so He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for that sin. His death paid the price, His resurrection proves it. By faith in Jesus, we are reconciled with God. Although we still live in a broken world, and none of us is perfect while we live on earth, by grace our sins are forgiven, and through faith we have new life in Christ and we wish to share this good news of forgiveness and love with you. Please read on for a more detailed look into "What We Believe."
What does this mean? We believe and confess the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds which have been a part of the Church since nearly the beginning. Here are some core tenets of our common faith as expressed in the Apostles' Creed:
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be [wholly] His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.