The Word of God
We believe that the Holy Bible constitutes the only and all sufficient rule of faith and practice.
We believe that the Holy Bible MUST be held to be the inerrant Word of God.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
This congregation acknowledges the Christian Faith which is founded on the Word of God in the Prophetic and Apostolic Books of the Old and New Testaments, professed in the three Ecumenical Creeds of the early Christian church (The Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian), in the unaltered Augsburg Confession.
This Congregation holds, as the highest rule of all confession, that the Word of God is the only rule according to which all doctrine in the congregation is to be tried and judged.
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:20-21
The Sacrament of Baptism - a means of God's grace
We believe that Baptism is the fulfillment of the promise received by faith; for Jesus said:
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
We believe that "Baptism works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what the words and promises of God declare." Luther's Small Catechism
The Scripture clearly states that infants have faith, for it is God who instills faith in the heart.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Luke 1:41-42
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matt 18:3-5
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Baptism Performed in the Name of the Triune God
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matt 28:19
Mode of Baptism - We practice sprinkling, but accept the validity of other forms if performed in the Name of the Triune God.
The Fall of Mankind - original and committed sin
Worldly philosophy says that man is basically good and that he only does some bad things; contrarily, the Scripture says that man, by nature, is evil and only by the grace of God is able to do good things.
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10-12
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:3
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
The Work of Redemption
We believe that Jesus Christ's death and resurrection fully paid the price of sin debt and purchased our salvation.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Romans 6:10
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1 Peter 3:18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Faith and Conversion
We believe that man is justified by grace through faith and not by works. This is the work of God alone, because man is dead in trespasses and sins and must become a new creature in Christ.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans 3:21-24
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:7
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23