Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is a confessional Lutheran congregation.
We joyfully believe, teach, and confess the doctrine
of the Christian faith as it is taught by the Holy Scriptures and faithfully confessed in the Book of Concord of 1580. The Lutheran
Confessions represent a Biblical and clear expression of our religious conviction and declare to the world our faith. Because their
content was all drawn from the Word of God and Biblical Scripture, we believe they are the correct and faithful explanation of the
We are committed to the pure preaching of the Word, the right administration of the Holy Sacraments, the catechesis of all
people in the Christian faith, and liturgical worship consistent with our Reformation heritage. We preach Jesus Christ crucified,
risen, and reigning for the salvation of the world!
Our congregations accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther and others that inspired the reformation of
the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases:
Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
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.
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.
Faith alone: By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus 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
We believe and teach the following truths:
1. The one true God is three persons in one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is eternal, without beginning or end.
2. The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
3. The teaching content of both Old and New Testaments in the Bible is comprised of two doctrines, Law and Gospel. They must be distinguished and applied rightly for a correct understanding of God's Word.
4. God is perfect and expects perfection of His creatures. By his sinful life, man continually fails to be perfect. Sin separates man from God and places him under God's judgement (Law).
5. God in His great love (grace) has provided man with full salvation. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of all men and rose again the third day. (Gospel)
6. Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world.
7. Regeneration, rebirth, by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
8. Holy Baptism, instructed by Christ for all infants and adults, washes away sin.
9. The real body and blood of Jesus Christ are offered in the Sacrament and are a seal of the pledge of forgiveness.
10. All will rise from the dead at the Day of Judgement, the believers to spend eternity in heaven, the unbelievers in hell.
11. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord. The local church is the primary God-established base of operations for spiritual outreach in the world.
12. Christian stewardship is the yielding of the whole self by the power of the Holy Spirit to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life: money matters, devotional life, time, recreation, family and church life.
13. Every true believer is commissioned and empowered by Christ to "preach the Gospel to every creature" and "make disciples of all nations."