Witness

“For there are three that testify:
the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” 
1 John 5:7–8

Grace Lutheran Church is here to bear witness to the Truth. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from all eternity. The eternal Son was made flesh in Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the sins of the world, and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day, with life and salvation for all who believe in his Name. He is the only hope for sinful man. In him alone we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone.

The Church bears witness to salvation in this Jesus in her preaching of Christ crucified, raised, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. Grace Lutheran Church stands in agreement on this with the Bible, the Creeds, and the Lutheran Confessions, as teaching the truth about Jesus. Our teaching is normed, checked against these standards, so that we do not teach the doctrines of men, but the Word of God. This is a place where these three John mentions still testify to Jesus: the Spirit, in the preached word of God, the water, in Holy Baptism, and the Blood of our Lord, offered for our sins and given us to drink, with his Body to eat, in his Holy Supper. This doctrine, the Word of Jesus that is Spirit and Truth, is the beating heart of both our life together and our works of mercy. We therefore see to the preaching of this Word and the administration of the Sacraments in our community and, through our gifts and prayers, throughout the world.

The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and the only source of instruction for doctrine and practice, therefore:

  • We believe that God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; is the creator of the universe and therefore the creator of mankind.
  • We believe that mankind rebelled against God. Because of our sin, any attempts to please God apart from Christ are impossible. We need forgiveness and new life. God provides it through His grace.
  • We believe that through God’s grace He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, die, and rise again as our only Savior.
  • We believe that God applies the gift of grace to us through Word and Sacrament:
  • His Holy Word through which He reveals His will, His love, and His plan of Salvation
  • The Sacrament of Holy Baptism through which He gives forgiveness of sins, the gift of His Holy Spirit, and everlasting life and salvation.
  • The Sacrament of Holy Communion through which He gives his Body and Blood in, with, and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
  • We believe that the faith necessary to believe that God gives us these gifts of grace is itself a gift which God works in us. We cannot boast of our belief as our own decision, our own work.