The Bible is the only source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness, and is also the way in which He speaks to us today as the authority for our lives. It was written by people, as they were directed, and guided by God's Holy Spirit, and so it is true and without error.
There is only one true God. He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe and respond to the love of the Triune God: the Father, who created all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for all of our sins, and rose to life again in the ultimate victory over death; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith in us through God's Word and His means of grace.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In His perfect life on earth, He did what no one can do. Through His death on the cross, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin for all people. By defeating death and rising from the dead, Jesus showed the world that His sacrifice on the cross had been accepted by God the Father, paying for man's sin.
A Christian is one who is forgiven and called by God into a relationship with Jesus Christ. By grace, we are saved through faith. And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Christians are called to be "disciples." A disciple is one who: Seeks Christ firstIs devoted and obedient to God’s WordIs open to people God places in their lifeLoves and serves othersIs being discipled and disciples others
Death is not something to be feared. Those who trust in Jesus will live joyfully with Him in heaven for eternity. Death is a doorway to another level of intimacy with God.
As Lutheran Christians, we celebrate and live out three basic tenants of our salvation:
Grace alone Our salvation is based on the free gift of God’s grace. Through His grace, God offers us a new start, and a new life in Him, in this present world and for eternity with Him in heaven.
Faith alone God's gift of grace is received through faith in what Jesus has done for us. Jesus suffered and died, to purchase and win forgiveness and eternal life for each of us. Those who hear and believe this have the eternal life that it offers.
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.Gloria Dei is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod