What We Believe
As a congregation in the Lutheran tradition, the people of Grace live by the refreshing good news that our relationship with God has been set right by God’s grace, not by anything we do. God loves us not because we are good, but because God is good. God’s love sets us free – free from any worry that our effort is needed (it’s not!) to appease God and free therefore to share love for our neighbors (we love one another because God first loves us!).
Martin Luther, the 16th century Reformer after whom Lutherans are named, relished the freedom Christians have in trusting God’s mercy in Christ. He wrote:
“Faith is God’s work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. This faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.”
Lutherans believe in the Triune God – the God known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created, loves and sustains all of creation -- the earth and the seas and all the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his resurrection to new life. And we trust that God's Holy Spirit is active in our lives and in the world.
All of us are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s Word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.