What We Believe & Teach
What We Believe & Teach:
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and unerring Word of God and the only source for teaching & practice.
- We believe that there is only one true God: the Triune God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit, three persons in one Divine Being.
- We believe that all people are sinners and cannot be saved by their own efforts.
- We believe that by grace (God's undeserved love) alone, God sent His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins on the cross.
- We believe that mankind is saved alone through faith in Jesus as Savior from sin.
- We believe that God approaches us in both tangible & spiritual ways. The Sacraments of Baptism & Communion communicate forgiveness to us, from God Himself.
- We believe that the Christian faith will express itself in a life of dedication in worship, love and service to God and our fellow man.
- We believe that Jesus Himself directs His followers to worship together, participate in Holy Communion together, and to serve our community and world with the Gospel message.
Regarding the Boy Scouts of America (May, 2013)
We strongly support the Boy Scouts of America current prohibition on open homosexuality and retaining it without revision. Nearly 70 percent of BSA troops are hosted by churches and religious institutions. Upholding traditional morality is vital for sustaining this partnership, for protecting Scout members, and for ensuring BSA has a strong future. A proposal from the BSA board to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or preference” for BSA members potentially would open the Scouts to a wide range of open sexual expressions. In our current culture, it’s more important than ever for our churches to protect and provide moral nurture for young people and for the Scouts. We implore members of the upcoming BSA Council to affirm the BSA's present policy, which the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed, and which has served BSA well.
This is a statement that has been signed by more than 25 church leaders in America, including the LCMS President, Matthew Harrison.