18th Sunday after Pentecost for 9/23/2018. DS 4
The Lutheran church accepts the three universal creeds of the Christian Church which acknowledge and confess that there is one God who has revealed himself as the Creator, Redeemer/Savior and Life Giver of all people and things. The once perfect union between God and humanity was destroyed by our rebellion against the Lord. Unable to free ourselves from sin and death, God willingly became one of us in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Through His perfect obedience, suffering, death and resurrection, peace was restored between God and mankind. Sin is forgiven, guilt is removed and death is overcome through Him.
All this is a free and gracious gift, unearned and undeserved.
One cannot prove such love. It is received by faith; through Baptism, the Word, and Holy Communion. The Holy Spirit works to create and sustain faith in God’s saving grace and creates a new heart in the believer. In response to His immeasurable love for all of us we strive through His power to live a life of obedience, love, sacrifice and service to Him by loving others.
We are also a congregation that is considered confessional; we hold fast to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct and proper interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Being Lutheran, we can summarize our teachings in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, and Faith alone.
God loves the people of the world even though we are ALL by nature sinful; we rebel against God and do not deserve His love. Yet He sent Jesus, His only Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for us. Those who hear this Good News and believe it by faith have that eternal life. God creates faith in Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit and gives people forgiveness through Him.
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.
Some Churches bend to the will of the people, but we bend to the will of the Lord God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is not easy all the time, but check us out and see for yourself.