As believers in Jesus, we are not perfect, but we are forgiven all because of God’s boundless love for us and for all people, including you!
We, at St. James Lutheran, believe in …
- Hell: We deserve God’s eternal punishment (Lk. 16:23-24) because we all are under the curse of sin (Gal. 3:10).
- Grace: In spite of our sins, God loves us and gave His Son to be our Savior (Jn. 3:16).
- Jesus: God the Son became a human being (Jn. 1:1, 14) in order to keep God’s Law perfectly for us (Rom. 3:28) and to pay for our sins by dying on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21. Rom. 5:8. 1 Jn. 2:2) He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven (Lk. 24. Acts 1:3).
- Faith: God declares us “not guilty” (Rom. 3:28) when we trust in Jesus and what He alone has done to save us (Jn. 14:6). All this is God’s gracious gift to us (Eph. 2:8-9).
- The Holy Spirit: Although we are, by nature, totally unable to believe in Jesus (1 Cor. 2:14. Jn. 6:44), God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4) brings us to believe in Jesus through the Gospel (2 Thes. 2:13-14. 1 Cor. 12:3). The Spirit also enables us to do what’s truly good (Gal. 5:22-23).
- Holy Baptism: When we are baptized with water in the name of the Triune God (Mt. 28:19), God gives us new birth as his children (Titus 3:5. Jn. 3:3-5), our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16), the Holy Spirit is given to us (Acts 2:38-39), and we are freed from the power of our old sinful nature so we can live for God (Rom. 6:3-14).
- The Holy Bible: Every word of the Bible is God’s Word (2 Pt. 1:20-21) not man’s (1 Cor. 2:13), so it is always true (Jn. 17:17) and is our only basis for teaching and God-pleasing living (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- Holy Communion: In His Holy Supper, Jesus gives us His real, physical body with the unleavened bread and His real, physical blood with the grape wine for the forgiveness of sins (Mt. 26:26-29). In order to receive this blessing, we must repent and believe what He promises about this Supper (1 Cor. 11:27-32).
- Heaven: When we die, our soul is judged (Heb. 9:27. Jn. 5:24) and by God’s grace we live with Christ in heaven (Rev. 7:13-17). Then, on the Last Day, Christ will visibly return to earth and unite our souls with our resurrected bodies in glory (Jn. 5:26-29. 1 Cor. 15:42-43) to live with Him in a new and perfect world (2 Pt. 3:13. Isa. 66:22).