What We Believe

We are Christian.
  • Our faith is centered on the Good News of Jesus Christ. We believe that God so loved the world that he sent His only Son, so that all might be saved through Him.
We are Biblical.
  • The Bible, which contains the true and inerrant Word of God, is the basis for our faith and our daily lives.
  • Our preaching and teaching is centered on the Scriptures. Scripture is read in every worship service and Bible study is encouraged in groups and at home. We bring our questions and our intellect to the Bible, praying that God guides our understanding.
We are confessional.
  • Our statements of belief, called creeds, are shared by many Christians from many different traditions. With these, we affirm faithful explanations of the Bible and the Christian faith through the ages and around the world. The three common creeds are the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian.
We are Sacramental.
  • We believe that in the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, we find the two earthly and visible means of grace whereby we are accepted and nourished by Christ.
  • In Holy Baptism, God claims us as His own through water and His word. In Holy Communion, the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are present in the bread and wine and confer forgiveness and grace.

We are Lutheran.

  • Christ Lutheran Church is part of the Christian movement known as Lutheranism, named after the 16th century German Reformer Martin Luther. Our church is a member of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in North America.
  • Lutheranism affirms the core values of sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), sola gratia (grace alone), and sola fide (faith alone).
  • The Lutheran Church's doctrines are contained within Martin Luther's Small and Large Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, and the 95 Theses, all of which are found in the Book of Concord.

We celebrate the priesthood of all believers.

  • The Holy Spirit has given every believer gifts and skills. God calls every believer to use those gifts daily in the ministry and mission of Christ.
We are an ecumenical people.
  • We believe that Christianity is the true and only way to God, but we understand that God is at work in a wide variety of denominational traditions.
We are part of a global church.
  • Lutherans are a prominent church body Northern Europe, South America, and the United States and growing rapidly in Africa and Asia.

We are a giving people.

  • We are a people who recognize and celebrate God’s blessings of life, time, talents, and treasure. We give our gifts to further the mission of Christ and the Kingdom of God here and across the globe.

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