What we believe is articulated in the Apostles’ Creed.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
       Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
       He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
            and born of the virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
            was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended into hell.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven,
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
       He will come again to judge the living and the
            dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the holy catholic Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.  Amen

Christian Faith Basics from the Heart of an Evangelical Lutheran

  1. We believe that God acts out of love and grace and that ultimately it is love that changes people.
  2. We think that what truly matters in the life of faith is God’s choice of us and not our decision for God.
  3. We see God as both revealed and hidden.  The crucified Jesus reveals to us the heart of God.  Yet, for us, God remains a deep mystery.  We think we need to be a bit humble when it comes to making statements about what God is up to in the world.
  4. We believe that the ordinary world is where God meets us.  we think that God comes to us through means like water, bread and wine, and other people.  We get a little nervous when people think they have a direct pipeline to God.
  5. For us, the Bible is “living word.”  It is an address from God that invites us into a deeper relationship with God.  We value it too much to think that it is infallible or without error.
  6. We think that Christians live in a both/and relationship with the world.  We don’t despise the secular realm, but we also don’t think that it is ultimate.  We welcome scientific study but don’t feel that life can be fully captured by scientific analysis.  We like to live in the land of ambiguity.
  7. For us, the church is a creation of God, not the result of religious experiences or the actions of leaders.
  8. We believe that the church is a community of faith in which all have a role to play.  For us, all of us are ministers.
  9. We think that Christians of today are connected to Christians of every time an placed.  We do certain things in worship and in church life because those things reflect our deep connection to those who have come before us.  We are people of tradition, but believe that Changing and being changed is what our tradition is all about.
  10. We Lutherans believe that before God and in the presence of the crucified Jesus all of us are beggars.  We think that ultimately our worth and purpose in life come as gifts from God, not from anything we do.

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