We believe that humans were created by God to know and enjoy God forever.  Because from early times we rebelled and went our own way, we live as radically self-centered creatures, and experience the misery of this broken condition.  We neither know God in the right way nor enjoy God's presence.

      Our Creator God did not abandon us, but began working in human history to rescue us, beginning with a great promise given to Abraham (of ancient Ur).  God promised to give Abraham a son, through whom would come a numerous people, and one day all the world would be blessed through one of Abraham's offspring.  We believe that blessing came when Jesus (Yeshua) was born of Mary. 

      We believe that Jesus was the incarnation (enfleshment) of God's own eternal Son, who came to earth and became Jesus to live as our mediator.  Because of the completely just and holy life Jesus lived, trusting and obeying God the Father even into death, death could not hold him.  On the third day God raised Jesus from the dead. 

      This is a preview of what God will do for all who come to Jesus to receive the gifts of his mediation:  forgiveness and eternal life.  God will one day raise the dead.  And so we believe we are part of Jesus Christ's worldwide community.  We live between the time of Jesus' victory over death and the day when we will be raised from the dead to inherit a new heaven and new earth. 

      We are given the mission of celebrating and inviting others to celebrate what God has done for us and what God promises us.  We are given the mission to tell this good news and invite others to respond to it and join the people of Jesus.  We seek to do this together every Sunday when we gather together for worship, with a focus on hearing God's message from the Bible and receiving the sacrament of Communion, meeting with Jesus to receive forgiveness and renewed spiritual strength, and allowing the Holy Spirit to connect us to one another in a bond of love.  Then we are sent out to return to our homes and schools and work places, to speak the message of God and share the love of Christ where our daily lives are lived out in faith and hope.

      In harmony with the ancient church, we are Trinitarian people who believe Jesus revealed that the One God exists as Three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Because God exists as eternal community, God calls us to honor our own relationships with family and honor Jesus' community and participate in it.  We believe we need one another.

      In this community we encourage each other to grow in knowing, loving and enjoying God.  Thus we honor the Bible's central message by entering into personal relationship with the living Jesus through his Spirit, and taking our place in his community, worshipping and serving with thankful hearts.

      We believe the central message of the Bible is clear, and because it points to Jesus Christ, it speaks a word that guides us to new life.  This new life brings salvation from the domination of our old life.  The Bible is a library containing the testimony of people spanning a thousand years, all of whom testify to being encountered by the living God.  The message of these people, prophets and apostles, points us to the truth of God and encourages us to hope in God's promises.  As we need to eat physical food daily to be healthy and strong, so we need spiritual food daily.  We need to feed daily on the Bible and read it to "eat it" the way deer and and horses feed on grass.  As we read we also put our ears in our eyes, as Martin Luther and John Calvin put it, so we can hear what God is saying to us today.  God still speaks to men and women where God has spoken before. This is our spiritual food and our divinely-appointed trysting place.  This is where God chooses to meet with us. 

      Therefore, the central affirmations of the prophets and apostles are received as "God-breathed" (inspired) and authoritative, and take precedence over all other human traditions or forms of knowledge.  Thus the contents of the Bible are not within our control and cannot mean whatever we wish.  Like any communication in human language, we must attend carefully to what is said in order to make sure we are interpreting correctly.  Because the various parts of the Bible were written in the context of a language and culture over 2,000 years ago, we must seek to understand that language and culture and history in order to translate accurately into our modern context. The work of careful interpretation is not always easy, but is worthy of our effort.  When the great overall picture comes into view, however, we see that the central message running through it all points to God's way of salvation, to God's way of rescuing humanity from bondage to sin and death.  This central message is quite clear and guides our interpretation of the unclear parts.

   Ultimately, we believe that we do not stand over the writings of the prophets and apostles in judgment, as though we can determine which parts we like or do not like.  Rather, we stand under these writings and seek to see our lives in their light, and allow godly wisdom to judge and direct our lives today.

   For further information on what we believe, you may read "The Apostles' Creed," "The Nicene Creed," and "The Augsburg Confession."  You may also read such books as Martin Luther's "Small Catechism" and "Large Catechism."  These are classic statements of historic Christian teaching and are guiding documents for Lutheran Christians.

   For modern statements of our core beliefs, find a copy of James Nestingen's "The Faith We Hold."  Also, on our Trinitarian worship, see James Torrance's "Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace."