We find our identity flowing from the waters of Baptism. In the waters of baptism, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, we are called to grow in the Christian faith, and we are given new life. Washed clean and forgiven, we are set free to boldly live in Christ.
Here at Faith, we see ourselves as a family. We celebrate together in life’s joys, we support one another through life’s struggles, and we serve together as we live out the Good News in our community.
We believe and teach the classic, historic teachings of the Christian church, as clarified by the Lutheran reformers of the 16th century. Yet we do not simply copy the past. We take the unchanging Good News of Jesus Christ, and seek to present it in fresh ways that communicate to today’s people, meeting today’s needs. We believe in…
“Grace” is “God’s undeserved saving love”. We teach that God is a merciful God who forgives us purely because of grace. “There is no distinction. Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24).
We teach that there is nothing we can do to earn or deserve God’s favor. It is never a reward; it is always a gift. ”By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Without faith, that is, without trusting in God ‘s grace, God’s gift remains “unopened.” But when we do trust the grace of God in Jesus Christ, that is all we need.
The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life. The biblical message is summed up in the words “Law” and “Gospel.” The law is the Word of God that serves as guide for human behavior in the government and society, and that condemns sin and sinners. The Ten Commandments are part of God’s law. The gospel, on the other hand, is God’s Word of reconciliation and forgiveness to sinners. The starting point for Lutheran interpretation of the Bible is a careful distinction between law and gospel in the Bible. The distinction between law and gospel is important because salvation comes through the gospel (i.e., through what God freely does for us) and not through the law (i.e., through what we are supposed to do for God and for other people).