is a Christian church!
believe that Jesus is "the Christ". He is God the
Son. He truly did rise from the dead and that makes all the
difference for everyone forever!
are some basic spiritual truths that the Bible shares:
aren't perfect. Nobody is.
However, in order to be in God's holy, pure, perfect presence we need to be
perfect. This natural separation from God is called sin.
Sin cannot exist in heaven and with God.
So... sin separates us from God and leads to death.
Jesus lived on earth without sin. He faced death sinless, and through
His death and resurrection He conquered this problem. Now, through a relationship of “faith” in Him all people have
the path to the "perfectness" of heaven opened up to them!
We will be able to live in God’s presence for all eternity! But, not because of anything we have done, but through faith in Jesus as our SAVIOR!
There are three phrases that are
frequently used to summarize much of our Lutheran teachings about our Christian
Grace Alone. Even though
we don't deserve it, out of love, God has provided the free gift of the path of
forgiveness. We have the gift of being "in right" with God (righteousness)
through believing in Jesus.
Faith Alone. It is through a relationship of
faith in Jesus as Savior that a person has the gift of eternal life and
forgiveness offered to them.
Scripture Alone. The Bible is the inspired Word of
God, to be used for teaching, we can trust in His Word. Our relationship with God, the plan of
salvation, and Jesus as Savior of the world are all revealed to us in His
“CHURCH”? Can’t I just have my own
relationship with God and be my own church?
couple of key points to answer this are 1) In
the Bible we see clearly that God gives different talents and gifts
to people and then asks them all to team up together as a church family. 2) Yes,
we are each in a personal relationship with Jesus as our Savior. But, by
taking advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a local church we can then
nurture and develop that relationship.
is healthy to have a church home where God’s Word is clearly communicated
and that His Sacraments are brought into lives of those who need Him.