Who We Are
What We Believe
The Bible. . . We believe that the Bible is God's Word and our final authority in matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105)
God. . . We believe that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:13)
Jesus Christ. . . We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death on the cross has redeemed us. (1 Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-20)
Human Nature. . . We believe that human nature is sinful and is redeemed only through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23)
Salvation. . . We believe that Christ alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6) provides salvation. This salvation is a free gift. ("grace"– Ephesians 2:8-9) We believe that one can be certain of eternal life. ("assurance"– John 5:24) We believe that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone (Romans 3:28, John 3:16), and thereby enter a lifelong process of change and growth. (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20)
The Church. . . We believe that we are a part of one true Church (Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 12:5) made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord. We extend the hand of fellowship to all members of this universal Christian Church. (Romans 15:7)
Prayer. . . We believe that God answers prayer and we encourage everyone to grow in prayer. (James 5:16, Matthew 18:18-20)
Baptism and the Lord's Supper. . . We believe that Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that God truly acts in these sacraments to forgive our sins, and that our faith is essential for their effectiveness. (Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 11:29, John 3:16)
Our Lutheran Heritage and Identity. . . We identify with the renewal movement begun in the Lutheran Reformation. We believe the Lutheran themes of grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone.
Changed Life. . . We believe that becoming a Christian leads to a changed life. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We call this change "sanctification," which is a lifelong process of growth in selfless love, humility, service, stewardship, and holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because a good tree bears good fruit (Matthew 7:17-18), people justified by grace through faith act on that faith and will change and grow in Christ. (2 Peter 3:18, James 1:22, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 5:17, Ephesians 4:22-24)
The above is adapted from Hosanna! Lutheran Church (LCMC), Lakeville, MN, and approved by the Ascension Church Council 1/19/2010.