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 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 in us through God's Word and His means of grace.
Adam and Eve doubted and rebelled against God. Now every human being is born with a self-centered (sinful) nature. Attempts to change human nature or to please God demands perfection. We are not perfect. Therefore, all of us need forgiveness and new life, which comes only from God in Jesus Christ.
God has revealed Himself as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three Persons participated in the creation of the world. It is the Father, the First Person of the Triune God, Who continues to care and provide for people. Lutheran Christians say, "All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy." It is also the Father's passion that all people would be saved from sin through Jesus Christ, His Son.
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 that was due 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.
God the Holy Spirit gives us this new relationship with Jesus. By nature, (original sin) we are spiritually dead. We are totally blind to spiritual things. We cannot understand them. In essence, we are at war with God. We refuse to do His will. Only the Holy Spirit can restore spiritual life and sight so that we can look at Jesus and honestly say, “He’s my Savior!” The Holy Spirit brings us to saving faith in Christ by the teaching and preaching of the Good News of Jesus. He uses the power of the Gospel message to convert people from death to life (justification or conversion). The Holy Spirit builds Christ’s Church by making people holy (sanctification), and lives with and in God’s people.
The Church is the fellowship of all who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. God has given His Church two great gifts to continue it's growth: Baptism to create faith and sustain faith and The Lord's Supper to nurture faith. In His Supper, our Lord Jesus gives us His body and blood in and with the bread and wine. We believe and teach that Christ is truly present (Real Presence) in that meal.
A Christian is one who is forgiven by God, not because of what they have done or who they are, but because God has called them into a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by grace and that gift is received through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) While on earth our imperfections remain with us, but we give thanks to God for the gift of forgiveness through Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to follow Him in all that we do and say.
Christians are called to live for Jesus, seeking to serve and honor Him in all facets of life. Life cannot be divided into compartments where Jesus is not present. To know Him is the only way to know what true life is all about, and serving him is life's greatest privilege.
Death is no longer something to be feared. Rather, all those who trust in Jesus will live in joy with him in heaven for eternity. Death is now simply a doorway to another level of intimacy with God.
Grace alone “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) At the center of what we believe is the assurance that our salvation is based on the free gift of God’s grace. What is so amazing about grace is that though we are sinful, rebel against Him, and do not follow His commands, He still loves us and sent Jesus Christ, His Son, our Savior, to pay the punishment of our sins. By 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 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 this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God's gift of grace is received through faith in what Jesus has done for us. The good things we do flow out of being made right with God, but they have no power to make us right with God. This is what separates Christianity from all other world religions. Other religions point to what we have to do or what hoops we have to jump through to be made right with God. Christianity points to what Christ has done to make us right with God. Through God's Word, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper our faith is created and sustained.
Scripture alone 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. We are not anti-reason, anti-tradition, or anti-experience, but simply use the Scriptures to judge the validity of things and not the other way around.
Who is Jesus? For more than 2,000 years, people have asked the question, "Who is Jesus?" Jesus Christ is God’s perfect Son, who, through His birth from the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life on earth. He voluntarily paid for our sins by dying on the cross for us. His death gained salvation for all who receive it as a gift by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only Mediator between God and us. He will return to Earth to conclude all things and reign forever. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of his birth, life, death on the cross and resurrection. A study of the Bible, God's Word, will enable you to seek out the answer to this age-old question.
Gloria Dei is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod