What We Believe... 

Concerning God: We believe that there is one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as confessed in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds.

Concerning Sin: We believe that since the fall of Adam into sin, all human beings who are born in the natural way are conceived and born in sin.

Concerning Jesus: We believe that the Son of God, took upon himself human nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary so that there might be two natures, divine and human, inseperably conjoined in the unity of one person, one Christ, truly God and truly a human, who truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried that he might reconcile God the Father to us. He also descended into hell, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated in power and glory until he shall come again to judge the living and the dead.

Concerning Justification: We believe that human beings cannot be justified before God by their own powers, merits, or works, but only as a gift on account of Christ through faith.

Concerning the Public Ministry: We believe that in order to obtain saving faith, the ministry of teaching the gospel and administering the sacraments was instituted as means through which the Holy Spirit is given and works faith in the heart.

Concerning the New Obedience: We believe that in response to God's grace in Jesus, our faith will yield good fruit and good works as God has commanded and for His sake but we do not trust in them to earn grace before Him.

Concerning the Church: We believe that the church is the assembly of all believers among whom the gospel is taught purely and the sacraments are adminsitered rightly.

Concerning Baptism: We believe that baptism is necessary for salvation, that the race of God is offered through it, and that children should be baptized for by it they are received into the grace of God and become pleasing to Him.

Concerning the Lord's Supper: We believe, as our Lord says, that the body and blood of Christ are truly present and distributed in the Supper for the forgiveness of sins. But any who receive without believeing or recognizing this, eat to their judgment.

Concerning Confession: We believe that private absolution should be retained, although an enumeration of all faults in confession is not necessary.

Concerning Repentance: We believe that those who have fallen after baptism can receive forgiveness of sins whenever they are brought to repentence and that absolution should not be denied them by the church.

Concerning the Return of Christ for Judgment: We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will return on the Last Day to judge, raise all the dead. and give eternal life tothose who believe and are elect but to condemn the ungodly.

Concerning Free Will: We believe that humans have limited freedom in the will for living an externally honorable life, but not the power to become pleasing to God apart from the grace, help, and operation of the Holy Spirit.

Concerning Good Works: We believe that good works are the necessary result of faith in Christ and that a Christian will, as a new creation, do that which pleases God.

Concerning the Bible: We believe that the Bible is the true Word of God, written by men, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the only source of doctrine and revealed knowledge of God.

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