What We Believe

Sola Gratia – Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Sola Fide – Faith Alone

By Jesus’ suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, He purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through him.

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

The Luther Rose

This symbol directs the Christian to the basic truths of the Christian faith. Here is how Martin Luther explains His Seal.

“Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Rom. 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theoligae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.”

The Word and Sacraments

The Word of God is central to the manner in which God reveals Himself and so it is by the Word of God that His Grace is revealed and comes to us. The Word of God also is joined in the visible mysteries of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to convey God’s Grace to us. Therefore you will hear and see God’s Word predominate at any Divine Service and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper being used because it is through these means we receive what God offers, namely: the Forgiveness of Sins, Abundant Life, and Eternal Salvation. For more information on how Lutherans understand the Word of God please read the Book of Concord of 1580.

Christ at the Centre

Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the World is the focus of our attention in our worship. He is the author and source of faith and life. Therefore the Cross of Christ which marks His rescue of all people from sin, where Christ Jesus paid – in full – the consequences of humanity’s sin will always be at the Centre of the Believer’s life. As St. Paul wrote, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2) His resurrection made certain that His Father was completely satisfied and pleased with Jesus’ payment for us. Our debt is PAID IN FULL!  To God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – alone is all the Glory!

Community of Saints

We gather as fellow believers in houses of worship, first, because we believe, teach and confess the same God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Second, because we are encouraged by God not only through His Word but also by His Children, our fellow believers who have been made holy (saints) through Jesus. We have common joys and sorrows. Together we share our joys and sorrows holding up the promises of God before each other’s eyes.