Just So You Know…
We don’t claim to have sole authority on the Bible. Neither do we have exclusive access to God nor possess the secret “Seven Steps to Prosperous Life.” However, we are powerfully drawn to the person of Jesus, His teaching and even more so His life, death, and resurrection. We are attempting to build a community that collectively follows His way of life and we are a constant work in progress. This means we move forward in faith, sometimes succeeding and other times failing. Through our hope and trust, we attempt to overcome our doubt and believe the future is giving birth to something more beautiful than today. We believe this because we understand life is centered in LOVE; wholeheartedly loving God and unconditionally loving God’s people - ALL people - and ALL creation. While we prefer to live out our beliefs rather than try to translate it into a few paragraphs on a website, here is what we aspire to believe.
Jesus Frees Us
Above all else, we believe in the good news of Jesus Christ as God and Savior. We believe that His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension call us to a new Way of Life. We believe that His precious gift of salvation frees us to live our lives in joy, confidence, and Love. This precious gift is for EVERYONE through grace by faith.
To Be Christian
Jesus lived a lifestyle of holistic healing and restoration for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and nations. To embrace this way of life is to be countercultural today. It includes limitless forgiveness, radical acceptance, deep humility, nonviolent peacemaking, abundant generosity, sacrificial love, and a lot more. This isn’t about just having the correct answers, behaving the right way, or performing the greatest deeds. Rather, it’s more about your life in community with others, and finding purpose through an ongoing relationship with God (Our Creator), Jesus (Our Savior), and Holy Spirit (Our Sustainer).
As Christians, we discern where and how God has called, equipped, and sent us to live in community with one another. Picture an orchestra - numerous instruments coming together to create a beautiful harmonic symphony. We are those instruments where God is our conductor and Love is the outcome. God’s love welcomes ALL persons, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental capacity, education, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic or marital status.
Will mistakes, hurt, and struggle still occur? Yes. We are human and we are not perfect, but God continues to offer us grace as well as call us to join in the reconciliation, redemption, and renewal of all things together. We hope our lives testify to this larger story taking place around us. This is what it means to be a Christian as we aspire to faithfully embrace the awesome role we are invited to have in God’s grand narrative.
In the Triune God -Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
In God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus that opens us to a life of faith and generous service to those we know and meet through the Holy Spirit.
In the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching.
In the witness of others and that God is currently active in the world around us.
Faith brings us to a place to engage others in conversation as we seek greater understanding, ask important questions, and share God’s love in word and deed.
Ultimately, God is Love.
ELCA is our Larger Community
We are a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA believes that God is calling us into the world together by:
Spreading the Gospel of Jesus
Addressing social and cultural issues and injustices
Working to provide moral vision
Participating in God’s just and loving purpose for all of creation
In doing so, the ELCA equips and nurtures us for our callings in the world as well as fosters unity among the children of God for the sake of the world. The ELCA is committed to promoting understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ’s people. Brokenness can be healed and divisions can be overcome. To this end, the activity of ecumenical life in the ELCA is one of cooperation, facilitation, accompaniment and formation within this church, and with our ecumenical and interreligious companions.