Our Beliefs

   We Believe:

  • that the Bible is God's Word to us. It reveals His will for our lives and His plan for our salvation. [Scriptural]

  • that God made us and everything else in this vast and incredibly complex universe. He remains concerned about us and powerfully at work in His creation. [Creational]

  • that we and our world no longer enjoy the peace and harmony which God intended; in fact, we often suffer disorder, sorrow, and confusion because of something called sin. Sin is a destroyer of relationships.

  • that God's love for sinful people led Him to send His Son. Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection gained the forgiveness of sin and a new life with God. This forgiveness and new life come as free gifts of God's love to all who trust in Jesus Christ. (click: Who is Jesus?) [Incarnational]

  • that the Holy Spirit makes this gift of undeserved love a living reality as He works in our lives through His chosen channels: the Bible, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper. [Sacramental]

  • that God's people find their greatest fulfillment as they discover, develop, and use the God-given abilities which make each one a uniquely valuable member of God's family, the Church. [Relational]

  • that God desires to work through His gifted people to reach out and touch others and to draw them into a relationship with Himself, restored in Jesus Christ.

MISSION
What We Do
VISION
Where We Are Going
The Shepherd crosses all boundaries to gather all nations.
We see the emergence of one new people of God, gathered in Christ
from every culture, nationality, people, and language.
(Ephesians 2:11-19, John 10:16, Revelation 7:9)
 
 
 

 

ESSENTIALLY LUTHERAN
What Makes Something Lutheran?
 
 
*Centered on God
 
*Rooted in the Word
 
*Values Creation (Human and Non-Human)
 
*Realistic about Sin and Evil
 
*Focused on God’s Grace
 
*Oriented toward Christ
 
*Sacramental/Incarnational
 
·         God is revealed
·         In Jesus Christ,
·         Through Word and Sacrament,
·         Among God’s People,
·         In the midst of God’s world.
 
*Historical/Traditional
 
“Tradition is the living faith of those who have died. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still alive.”
 
*Relational/Dialogical
 
*Holistic
 
Engages the whole person, at every life-stage, in the community context of multiple generations.
 
*Paradoxical
 

   *Confessional