SHARING CHRIST'S LOVE WITH EVERYONE
Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Matthew 28: 19-20
We believe and teach that God graciously bestows eternal life to the fallen sinner by the atoning work of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who shed his holy blood on the cross as a sacrifice and a payment for the sins of the world. [John 3:16, Colossians 1:19-23, 2 Corinthians 5:19,21] Through no merit or effort of our own, we personally receive the benefits of Christ's sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sins through the God given gift of faith. [Ephesians 2:8-9] The Holy Spirit bestows faith by means of God's Word (Holy Scripture) and sacraments (Holy Baptism, and The Lord's Supper). [Romans 10:17, 2 Peter 1:21, Acts 2:38, Matthew 26:26-28, John 6:53-56, John 20:22,23] Throughout the baptized Christian's life, the gifts of Christ's body and blood are received for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of faith as they are distributed in the Word and sacraments of the Divine Service. [Matthew 18:20, Hebrews 10:19-25] Where sins are forgiven, there is deliverance from death and the devil, life and eternal salvation. [Colossians 1:13-14, Titus 3:5-7]