What We Believe
We are a church of individuals, different in many ways, yet called together by God to be one in ministry and mission.
Jesus is the key... not just to Heaven, but to life right now! We strive to respond faithfully to the call of Jesus, leaning our lives into him and seeking to follow him above all else in a world which so often competes for our time, energy, and attention (Luke 14:15-24).
Because people far from God matter deeply to Jesus, they matter to us, too.
Jesus was sent to reconcile our lost world to God, its loving creator (Luke 15:1-32), and he calls us to do the same. For this reason we seek to reach out to the neighborhood, region, and world around us with the healing and reconciling love of God (Matthew 28:19-20, John 20:21, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27).
We worship God and honor tradition.
Where tradition helps to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and further the mission of our church, we embrace it. Where tradition becomes a wall between God and God’s people, we do an end-run around it (John 2:13-22, Matthew 23:13-36, John 9:1-41). In all cases, we admit that we post-modern believers aren't the first ones to finally understand God's will, and in fact, we might be less able to grasp it than many of our tradition-bound ancestors, given our cultural distrust of authority and our idolatry of individuality.
While the gospel message of Jesus Christ remains unchanged (Hebrew 13:8), the manner in which it is proclaimed must change for it to be communicated effectively in a changing world (Mark 2:21-22). In our worship and in our ministry, we intentionally create experiences that are part ancient and part contemporary, to help us experience the age-old love of God in a fresh, relevant way.
Following Jesus is on-the-job training.
We can't outgrow Christian faith. As modern day disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to move from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity (Phillipians 3:13-14, Ephesians 4:12-14). For this reason we strive to bring people into an ever-growing relationship with Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). This growth happens relationally in small groups (Acts 2:42-47), and educationally in Bible classes and personal study.. As we grow in faith, we turn our hearts to God, giving of our selves and our resources -- freely and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We believe that Christ has called us to proclaim the life-giving Kingdom of God in all we say and do—so we commit ourselves to acts of service and to learning from those we serve.
Christians are a diverse group, but we're all one body.
As members of the same body, we become more effective when we work in harmony as a unified whole (John 17:20-23). Among us, love for one another is the norm (John 13:34, Romans 13:8), conflicts are resolved according to the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 18:15-17), and we seek to build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We rejoice together, we suffer together (1 Corinthians 12:25-27), and we care for one another through the small groups with whom we do life together.
The Bible is God’s written Word which was embodied and made flesh in the life of Jesus Christ.
As Lutherans, ELCA members believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith. And in reading the Bible, we are invited into a relationship with God that both challenges us and promises us new life. We also recognize that the Bible was written over thousands of years and is a product of specific times and cultures. Therefore, we worship the God who is revealed through scripture, but not the book itself.