OUR FAITH

What we believe the Bible teaches about God:

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, which means the Holy Spirit told people what to write as God’s Holy Word. Therefore the Bible is completely true and without error.  Everything taught at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is firmly grounded in the Bible.  (Isaiah 55:10-11;  2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • There is only one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This revelation of three persons in one God is called the Trinity. (Matthew 3:16-17)
  • God is the creator of everything that exists. He created all things out of nothing by His powerful voice as expressed in Genesis 1 and John 1.   God spoke or commanded the creation of the earth and all living things. 
  • The marriage of one man and one woman is the natural plan of God for love, support, unity and the blessing of raising children.  (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5–6; Ephesians 5:31; 1 Corinthians 7:2)
  • Every person has original sin. Adam and Eve, the man and woman created by God in the beginning, disobeyed God’s will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have inherited this sinful condition called original sin. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12)
  • Actual sin is disobeying God’s law and going against God’s holy will in thought, what we say, or what we do.  (Romans 3:23)
  • People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God on their own. All people need Jesus to be their Savior. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23)
  • God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God’s law for all people. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin, and rose from the dead so that we may be given eternal life. (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3)
  • Jesus’ death on the cross has paid the penalty of sin.  Jesus has the right to forgive the sins of those that look to Him to be their Savior.  (Hebrews 7:26-27, 1 John 2:2)
  • The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
  • God’s Spirit was sent to earth so people could be filled with supernatural faith.  God the Holy Spirit moves the heart of the believer to repent of sin, trust in Jesus as Savior, and to believe in everything taught in the Bible.
  • The Spirit of God also lives in the heart of every Christian and guides the hearts of God’s children to worship, love God, be a servant like Jesus was to us and to do the will of God our Father because we love Him and He loves us.  (Acts 1:5, 8, Acts 2:38-39)
  •  We believe the powerful Word of God is at work in the SacramentsWe believe a Sacrament must be commanded by Jesus, use a physical element, and give the forgiveness of sins.  We believe the Bible has two sacraments that were commanded by Jesus: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. The Bible tells us that God gives forgiveness through Baptism and Communion in these Scriptures:  (Mark 1:4, 8, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38) (Matthew 26:28) .  God has taught that we should daily remember our Baptism and that Communion should be eaten often.
  • The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Jesus to be at work in our lives until Jesus comes again.  As we confess in the Nicene Creed:  The Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” John 16:7 “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
  • The Holy Spirit is a gift to all Christians to have help from God to be bold in faith and endurance to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit first works to bring us to faith in Christ, but then continues to preserves us in the faith, and leads each person to serve as a part of the Body of Christ.  The Spirit empowers and guides his people through a variety of ways as God continues to work in the heart of a believer. (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:17;    1 Corinthians 1:5-7; 13:8-9)
  • Sanctification is a divine work of God, received by faith, involving a process and series of experiences in the life of the believer in and through which God works by His Word and Spirit to restore His image in the life of the believer   (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:24). Sanctification follows justification and is not complete until Christ’s return. Therefore, continual Christian growth through the Spirit is to be sought and desired by every Christian (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:12-16; 2 Peter 1:5-11; Hebrews 6:1-3).