The heart of the Lutheran Church is a reciprocal relationship between God and God's believers. We believe it is by faith in the Triune God that we are saved: God the Father the Creator of everything, to Whom we are reconciled by God's grace; God the Son, Jesus Christ through Whom we receive God's grace; and God the Holy Spirit through Whom we can believe.
Other Christian denominations share some of the following characteristics with us and we give thanks for our Unity in Christ. We also give thanks for those who differ from us and challenge us to grow.
We are a:
1. Christian Church. Jesus is Lord. He is the #1 authority. He is the Word of God incarnate. When He died on the cross, He made a way for everyone to be saved. We also believe He rose again and He will come again.
2. Biblical Church. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God written by humans, to be understood as "the Word" for a specific time and place. It is THE story of God and God's relationship with God's people. It is the #2 authority for us. We believe that the Bible is the authoritative source and norm for Christian faith and life. God gave us the gifts of language, science, sociology and history that allow us to find the Bible as relevant today as it was when it was originally written. (Martin Luther, the namesake of the Lutheran Church, taught that one should pray when they read a Scripture passage that conflicts with Christ. The Bible is the manger that holds the Christ Child. But it is not Christ Himself.)
3. Doctrinal Church. We believe the Book of Concord is the #3 authority. In it lies the doctrine that guides us in our practice as the church. Much of the Book of Concord was written in the 1500s during the Protestant Reformation.
4. Liturgical Church. The tradition of the Church is to "Hear the Word". There is a form and order to everything that we do, from worship and music to education and celebrations. Sunday worship follows the Church Year Calendar (the story of God and God's people).
5. Confessional Church. We proclaim our beliefs using any of these three creeds: Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, and most often the Apostle's Creed.
6. Sacramental Church. The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are the invisible grace of God made visible, and are experienced hand-in-hand with the Word.
All are welcome at Christus Victor. You are invited to Come and See.