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Jesus Is Our Savior

Jesus Is Our Savior

We have sinned against God by breaking His Commandments, but God still loves us. God the Father sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment we deserved. Jesus paid for our sins, so that we would be holy in God’s sight. He died our death and rose again, so we would have eternal life by faith in Him.
The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

The Bible is God’s own Word. Since He is perfect, we believe the Bible is too. God the Holy Spirit works through the Bible to create and keep faith in people’s hearts. The Bible contains two major teachings: the Law and the Gospel. The Law tells us what we should and should not do. The Gospel tells us about Jesus, our Savior from sin.

I believe in...

The Apostles' Creed is one of the classic Christian confessions of what the Bible teaches about God.

The First Article

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has made me and all creatures;  that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still preserves them; that He richly and daily provides me with food and clothing, home and family, property and goods, and all that I need to support this body and life; that He protects me from all danger, guards and keeps me from all evil; and all this purely out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I am in duty bound to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true. (from Luther’s Small Catechism)

The Second Article

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suf­fered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary; and that He is my Lord, Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and with His inno­cent suffering and death; in order that I might be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness; even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true. (from Luther’s Small Catechism)

The Third Article

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; just as He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian Church He daily and richly forgives me and all believers all our sins; and at the last day He will raise up me and all the dead, and will grant me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true. (from Luther’s Small Catechism)

Our Doctrine

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What are these?

The Small Catechism was published by Martin Luther in 1529 as a teaching tool for children.

The Augsburg Confession was delivered before the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, in 1530 to explain where the Roman Church had departed from Biblical teaching.

The ELS adopted a doctrinal statement in 1992 to address current issues and challenges to the Christian faith in our day.