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What We Believe          Luther Seal

- We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

- We believe the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible are the inerrant word of God written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

- We believe that there is one true God. He has revealed Himself as three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--yet one divine essence.  The universal Christian faith is rightly confessed in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds.

- We believe God has come to us in the person of the eternal son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is both true man and true God, and He lived to fulfill God's law for us, died on the cross to atone for our sins, and physically rose from the dead to demonstrate His victory over sin, death, and the devil.

- We believe that there is no way to know God or to have a right relationship with Him apart from faith in Jesus.

- We believe that faith in Jesus is a gift from God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit.

- We believe that God creates faith and forgives sins through His Word and through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.  For believers, He sustains their faith and gives the assurance of the forgiveness of sins through Holy Communion, wherein He feeds us with His true body and blood given along with the bread and wine.

- We believe Christians are called to love, honor, and obey God and to love and care for our neighbor.  This is accomplished through the many and various gifts that God has given to His people, but chiefly through faith in Jesus for eternal life.

- We believe, teach, and confess that the teachings of the Lutheran Church as found in the Book of Concord (published in 1580) are a faithful and true explanation of what is contained in Holy Scripture, and because they are a faithful explanation we adhere to them.