Beliefs

 

As a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Hope Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses Scripture, the three Ecumenical Creeds, and the Book of Concord.

We believe that the Holy Bible, including both the Old and New Testament, is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We read, teach, preach, confess, and believe the Scriptures to be the literal Word of God to us which is to be understood in its context of Law and Gospel.

We teach the three Ecumenical or Universal Creeds, namely the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, to be faithful testimonies of the truth of Holy Scripture. They teach the Christian faith of all time, beginning at creation and surviving to this day.

We confess the Book of Concord, including the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, the Small and Large Catechisms of Martin Luther, and the Formula of Concord, to be a correct exhibition and explanation of Holy Scripture and in agreement with the one Scriptural faith.

We learn from Scripture, the Creeds, and the Book of Concord that we are poor miserable sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and that we are saved by His grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone revealed in Scripture alone. By God’s grace, the Father sent His only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to take on our human flesh and sin and to die with it on the cross so that He might be raised to new life. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are brought to saving faith in Christ through the Word and water of Holy Baptism and in Him have the forgiveness of sins and life with Him in heaven. Just as God creates faith and life in us, He also sustains that saving faith and our life as He nourishes us with the body and blood of Jesus given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins. As forgiven sinners who have been promised everlasting life by the Word of God, we look forward to the Last Day when we will be raised, body and soul, from our graves, just as Christ was raised, to live and reign with Him in His kingdom now and forever.

 

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