What We Believe


The Bible
We believe the Bible is inspired and revealed to us by God. We believe that and is without fault
or error in all its teaching. The Bible governs our life and teaching. 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20.

God – The Trinity
We believe there is one true and living God, the Creator of all that exists. He is perfect in his
power, knowledge, love, and holiness. God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. Matthew 28:19, John 14:10, 26; John 15:26.

Jesus
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became human without ceasing to be God,
and so we consider him both fully God and fully human. We believe in his sinless life, his
miracles, and his teaching. Jesus was crucified on the cross and died as the substitute to pay the
penalty for our sin and the sins of the whole world and he physically rose from the dead and
ascended into heaven. Romans 1:16, I Cor. 15:1-8, John 14:6, Acts 4:12

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to convict the world of sin and to empower and guide all
believers. By His powerful work the Spirit regenerates spiritually dead sinners awakening them
to repentance and faith. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and gives them spiritual gifts to
be effective in carrying out the mission of Church. John 14:16-17, 16:8, (I Corinthians 2:10-16,
John 16:13-14, Ephesians 1:19-20.

Creation and Humanity
We believe people are created in the image of God and so human life is sacred from conception
to natural death. God created humanity for a great purpose, but we rejected that purpose and our
world has been broken ever since. Our wrong doing separates us from the life God intended for
us and brought suffering and confusion to our world. Instead of finding our purpose and identity
in God, people now try to answer the great questions of life, who am I? why am I here? where
am I going, in their feelings and achievements. This only adds to our confusion and our suffering.
But! even though we are hostile to Him, God continues to pursue us. When someone
believes and follows what Jesus has done for them, they receive a new nature and the Holy Spirit
begins the process of healing and transformation. Genesis 3, Psalm 51:5, John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:17.

The Gospel
We believe the Gospel is the story of what Jesus has done for each of us. By his perfect
obedience to Father’s plan, including his death on the cross, he satisfied the demands of the Law
and his righteousness can now be credited to us. When we believe the message of the Gospel we
experience the forgiveness of sins and the transforming power of the presence of God. John
3:14-16, John 5:24, Romans 1:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Galatians 2:21, Ephesians 1:3, 11,
Ephesians 2:4-10, 1 John 5:1, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6.

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The Church
We believe the church is made up of everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ. It is not an
institution or an organization, but a people called into existence and sustained by Jesus Christ.
The Church was created to live and grow as a community who makes disciples of Jesus Christ by
baptizing and teaching people to obey the teaching of Jesus. Local churches are the visible form
of the Kingdom of God on earth. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:42-47, Romans 6:3-4,
Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

Baptism
We believe that baptism is not simply a religious ritual, but a means God uses to bring his
presence and forgiveness to those who believe. Since even babies and children are born sinners,
we welcome Christian parents to bring their “little ones” to baptism, too. While we believe that
God gives the gift of faith in baptism, we do not teach that baptism saves a child forever, but that
children who are baptized need to come to a conscious faith when they are able. We encourage
adults who are not baptized to be baptized after they come to faith. Matthew 18:1-6 19:14,
Romans 6:3-4, Ephesians 4:5, I Peter 3:21, Acts 2:38.

Last Things
We believe the history of the earth will end with the personal and bodily return of Jesus Christ.
At that time, He will complete God’s plan to bring justice to the world and reestablish his
righteous rule over all humanity. At Faith we emphasize Christ’s return and coming judgment,
but leave people to come to their own conclusions regarding how and when. Matt. 24:29-31; Revelation 20.

Tradition
We believe that our connection to the historic and early church is important. We believe that the
three ancient symbols, the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed are
accurate descriptions of biblical teaching. We also believe and practice the teaching found in
the unaltered Augsburg Confession, and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism
Faith Church encourages people of all beliefs and persuasions to investigate what the Bible
teaches. Many who are part of our community are searching and investigating what the Bible
teaches and their understanding of it. But here is our understanding of the core message of the Christian Faith.

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