What We Believe About God

We believe in the Triune God — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God in these three persons.
We believe that God the Father created the universe. More than that He created us and continues to provide for and protect His creation.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, true God and true Man. Jesus lived a perfect life, took the punisment we deserved for our sin and died for us on the cross, rose again on Easter, and lives and rules in heaven.
We believe that the Holy Spirit changes lives. The Holy Spirit brings people to faith, leads them to grow in faith, and keeps them in the faith. We recognize that the Holy Spirit is alive and active through the Word and Sacraments

 

What We Believe About Us

We believe, as the Scripture says that all of us are sinful people. We cannot earn or achieve forgiveness or our salvation. We are solely dependent on God and His love for a saving relationship. By faith in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sin, live with God now, and the promise of life with Him forever in heaven.

 

What We Believe About the Sacraments

Means of Grace — We believe that God brings and delivers His love, mercy, and kindness to us through His “means of grace.” In addition to the spoken and written Word, God also comes to us in Baptism and Holy Communion.
Baptism — We believe that through the waters of Baptism, God forgives us our sin and adopts us as His own children. In Holy Baptism God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit and a new life in Him.
Holy Communion —We believe that in Holy Communion Jesus is really present with His body and blood in the bread and wine. In Holy Communion, Jesus brings us forgiveness of sin and the promise of life and salvation.

 

What We Believe About the Church

We believe that the church is not a building but people joined together by God around His Word and Sacraments. We are passionate about the mission God has given us to bring His love and message to all people. We are committed to sharing the message of Jesus Christ with those not yet connected to Him so that they will know Him. We are dedicated to discipling people so that they will know more about Jesus, serve Him more effectively and join us more fervently in that mission.

 

What We Believe About Our Identity As Lutherans

Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As Lutheran Christians we emphasize the three “Solas” (sola is Latin for “alone”).

GRACE ALONE

God loves the people of the world, even though our sin separates us from Him. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. We are saved by grace alone. By grace God gives us great gifts that we do not merit or deserve.

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 (faith) have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

SCRIPTURE ALONE

The Bible is God’s inspired Word, in which He speaks to us and reveals Himself, His love, and His desire for us to live out our lives in Him.