This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of our doctrines and beliefs, rather it is meant to draw a picture of who we believe God to be, as He reveals Himself to us and to understand His workings in our lives. If you would like to know more about our beliefs, you can follow this link to the Book of Concord which goes into great detail about who God is as He reveals Himself in Scripture.
God reveals Himself both in nature and through His Holy Word. While we can observe His majesty and power in creation (nature), He proclaims His love, compassion and mercy through the Holy Bible.
The name "God" or "Creator" refers to the three persons of the Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three separate and distinct essences and yet one God. God the Father is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. God the Son (Jesus Christ) is the redeemer of the sinful, lost children, and God the Holy Spirit is the intercessor who speaks to God the Father on our behalf and works in our hearts so that we might abide in God and His teachings by faith.
While God speaks to us in many ways (reason, dreams, visions, etc.) it is only through His infallible and Holy Word by which we can compare all other ideas and beliefs in order to be certain of God’s will for us and validate His plan for our lives. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the disciple of Christ may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16,17. It is also essential for our true understanding of His plan for each of us that each verse in scripture be interpreted in the context of that event, but also of all that comes before it, and all that comes after it, within the confines of the Holy Writ.
Martin Luther said it well when he said; "We cannot attain to the understanding of Scripture either by study or by the intellect. Your first duty is to begin by prayer. Entreat the Lord to grant you, of His great mercy, the true understanding of His Word. There is no other interpreter of the Word of God than the Author of this Word, as He Himself has said, "They shall be all taught of God" (John 6:45). Hope for nothing from your own labors, from your own understanding: trust solely in God, and in the influence of His Spirit. Believe this on the word of a man who has experience".
The church is not a building or a place; rather it is a spiritual gathering of the body coming together to praise and glorify God while receiving His assurance of forgiveness through Word and Sacrament. It is through our Baptism and regular participation in Communion that the believer comes into an ever-closer fellowship with our God. As we continue to live under the sacramental covenant, God blesses us and by his grace alone grants us forgiveness and the assurance of our eternal fellowship and place with Him in His kingdom. Though we remain imperfect sinners by nature, by God's grace we are adopted as children of the Father and brothers and sisters with Christ.
The Bottom Line
God created the universe, man and everything both seen and unseen (like intellect, technology, art, music, etc.). Whereas Man through his selfish and self-serving desires ruined God’s perfect creation and suffers to this very day from a innate need to stand alone, himself being independent of God’s help and power. It is only after confronting our Creator on a personal basis that we are able to step down from our throne and humble ourselves before His.
The Good News is that God in His never ending love and mercy shall not give up on His creation and from the beginning has had a plan to rescue us from ourselves. He did this by sending His Son into the world to be the perfect sacrifice which is acceptable in His sight and by which, gives us the power to overcome our desire to rival the Father, destroying the penalty for our selfishness and bringing us humbly to the foot of the cross, where our relationship with God is restored and we are made to be “New Creations.”