What We Believe
We are willing to bet that you already have some beliefs about God, or at least about life and a higher power. You probably have some questions about life and about God as well.
Wherever you may be in answering those questions, you have our respect. We don’t have any secret answers to all the questions, but there are some truths that we, as a community, hold in common.
First, we believe there is a God out there. More than that, we believe that God isn’t just ‘out there,’ but that God is, in fact, with us every day. The people of First Lutheran confess the Triune God––Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are Christians, so we believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Savior, and we believe that his death on the cross and his resurrection are the key to being right with God, because none of us are fully right with God on our own. We believe that God, both out there and with us, is defined foremost by one word––love. God loves us, more than we deserve, and therefore our highest mission is to love one another.
This community takes its beliefs from the Holy Scriptures, or the Bible. We believe it is important to share our faith to the world in an understandable manner, so we have been known to write down statements explaining what we believe and where they find these beliefs in the Bible. The most important of these statements are found in the Book of Concord, which is a collection of Lutheran beliefs about God. We, as a church, follow these writings, sometimes referred to as the “Confessions,” which makes us a ‘confessional’ church.
Lutherans also take their various practices from Scripture. We also know the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how to do everything––there is no “Thou Shalt” or “Thou Shalt Not” about Facebook! Our position is that if the Bible speaks to a matter, we must follow God’s Word on that matter. But, where God’s Word is silent, there can be liberty for practice as long as it follows the greater principles of the Scripture.