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Core Beliefs and Values
We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who
Jesus Christ is the Word of God
incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and
resurrection God fashions a new creation.
We experience God as Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, who creates, redeems and guides, as expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene
Faith is received as a gift of God
and our redemption is by God's grace alone, as expressed in the historic "Lutheran
The Sacraments of Holy Baptism and
Holy Communion are an integral part of our worship and a driving power in our daily
We embrace the Holy Bible (canonical
Scriptures) as "the norm for the faith and life of the Church." The Bible reveals the
Gospel and calls us to faith in Jesus Christ.
As part of the "priesthood of all
believers," all members are called to be both disciples (learners/followers) and
apostles (messengers/sharers) of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our worship, learning,
witness and service.
Our passion for the Gospel shapes our
mission and values.
Concern for individual dignity,
integrity, honesty, kindness, and mutual trust are essential to our ability to function
as the Body of Christ, as a community of faith.
We respect all people and seek to be
inclusive in our ministry, welcoming those who would join us in mission, regardless of
race, resources, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.
We believe individual and corporate
Spiritual growth require a willingness to be open to the Holy Spirit, to take risks, to
strategically move into uncharted waters, and to test new ideas, understanding that we
will occasionally fail while seeking to grow through those
We are determined to focus on
mission, trusting the Holy Spirit to liberate us to serve in as many ways as our
God-given gifts allow, within and beyond our congregation.