• The Lutheran Confessions

    As a confessional Lutheran congregation, we subscribe fully to all of the Lutheran Confessions as they are recorded in the Book of Concord of 1580. These documents are the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; the Augsburg Confession and its Apology; the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise on the Power and...

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  • Human Sexuality

    Human sexuality is a great blessing from the Lord. Through the union of a man and a woman in marriage, the Lord provides the gifts of companionship, mutual love, sexual intimacy, and the procreation of children. God in his word condemns homosexuality and extra-marital sexual relations.

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  • Human Life

    Guided by the Scriptures, believers in Christ uphold the sanctity of all human life. God, who has the authority to give and take human life, has given the state the right to administer capital punishment and wage just war. Anyone who terminates human life, without authorization from the Lord, is...

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  • Church and State

    God has given a certain set of responsibilities to the Church and a certain set of responsibilities to the state. The Church is responsible for calling sinners to repentance, proclaiming forgiveness in Christ, and encouraging believers in Christian living. The state is responsible for punishing the guilty, protecting the innocent,...

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  • Church Fellowship

    In his word, the Lord commands his people to recognize and practice church fellowship wherever they find a common confession of and commitment to the word and the sacraments. In his word, the Lord forbids his people to tolerate any teaching or practice that is contrary to his word. The...

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  • The Last Things

    When a believer dies physically, his soul goes to heaven. When an unbeliever dies physically, his soul goes to hell. On Judgment Day Jesus Christ will return to the world visibly and raise the bodies of all the dead. All bodies will be reunited with their souls, and Jesus will...

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  • Ministry

    In order to publicly administer his means of grace in his Church, the Lord has given the office of public ministry. Through the church, God calls individuals to administer the word and the sacraments on behalf of the church and in the stead of Jesus Christ.

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  • The Church

    The holy Christian Church consists of all people in all times and places who truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Since we cannot read hearts and judge the sincerity of others, the Church remains invisible to us, known only to God.  The Church is present wherever...

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  • Election to Salvation

    Before the creation of the world, God chose and knew those whom he would call, enlighten, sanctify, and preserve in the true faith. Believers are saved because God chose them, not because they chose God.  The Bible nowhere describes an eternal election to damnation. Those who are saved are saved...

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  • Prayer

    Prayer is good work. Through prayer, a believer enjoys the privilege of bringing his thanks, praise, and concerns to God, who promises to hear the prayers of his faithful people. God promises to answer prayer according to His good and gracious will.

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  • Good Works

    After a person has received the gift of faith through the work of the Holy Spirit, he begins to perform good works. Good works are thoughts, words, and actions that are in accord with the will of God. The believer desires to do good works and cooperates in doing good...

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  • Conversion

    Only God is able to work in the heart of a lost sinner the conversion from unbelief into faith. The human soul cannot cooperate in this conversion in any way. Until the Holy Spirit reaches the human soul through the gospel in word or in sacrament, the soul remains dead...

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  • The Means of Grace

    The Holy Spirit works faith in the hearts of sinners and grants forgiveness, life, and salvation through certain means. We call these the means of grace. The means of grace are the word of God and the holy sacraments.  Holy baptism is a sacrament through which the Holy Spirit washes...

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  • The Work of Christ — Justification

    Unlike us, however, Jesus was conceived and born without sin. Unlike our father Adam and us, Jesus resisted perfectly every temptation of the devil. He lived a sinless life in our place.  Despite his perfection, Jesus allowed himself to suffer and to die, taking on himself the punishment that all...

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  • The Person of Christ

    God the Father sent his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind. True God from eternity, Jesus took on human flesh and a human nature when he was conceived in the virgin Mary. He became one of us but this miracle of his incarnation—becoming fully human. Jesus Christ is fully...

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  • The Fall

    Tempted by the devil, Adam and Eve fell into sin. They lost for themselves and for all their descendants the righteousness in which they had been created. As a result all people are sinful and corrupt by nature. We are conceived and born as enemies of God. We are subject...

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  • The Creation

    Through his powerful Word, God created all things in six days, as recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis. God created Adam and Eve, the first two humans, in his perfect image. Therefore Adam and Eve, our first parents, were morally righteous and lived in perfect harmony with their...

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  • The Word of God

    God reveals himself to mankind through his written word, the Holy Scriptures. The primary purpose of the Scriptures is to reveal to us the way of salvation through Jesus Christ, our only Savior. God gave the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments by divine inspiration. This means that...

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  • God

    The only true God reveals himself in Scripture as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is one divine being or essence. At the same time God is three divine persons. Since God is three in one, we call him the Holy Trinity. This is a profound mystery...

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