We believe the Bible is the Word of God. Even though it was written by human authors, God inspired it, that is, he told the writers exactly what to say. As a result, every statement in the Bible is the truth. One part of the Bible explains another part. It is the only guideline for the faith and life of christians. We are to read and study it diligently. It clearly teaches all we need to know in order to obtain our eternal salvation.
We believe that at the beginning of time God created heaven, earth and all creatures. He did this in six days. He spoke his almighty Word to create all things. He made everything out of nothing, but man and woman are God’s special creation. We believe that he created all things perfectly, just as he wanted them to be. It was only after mankind fell into sin that things became imperfect.
We believe that God wrote his law in people’s hearts at creation. The human conscience bears witness to that law. The knowledge of the law was blurred in people’s hearts by sin. God repeated his law in the Ten Commandments. God’s law demands obedience in our thoughts, speech, and actions. It condemns all who sin, therefore no one can be saved by keeping the law. God’s law serves to show us our sins, to warn us of God’s anger against sin, and to guide us in our christian life.
We also believe and teach the Gospel. The message of the Gospel is the good news that a loving God sent Jesus Christ to take away the sins of all people. This Gospel freely offers to all sinners the righteousness that is found in Jesus. God offers and gives eternal life and salvation to all those who believe in the Gospel promises.
We believe that the message of the gospel centers on Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of everyone. He is the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is also the son of the Virgin Mary. He became man to redeem all people. Taking our place, he lived a perfect life keeping the law of God for us. He also died as our innocent substitute on the cross to pay a price sufficient for everyone’s sin. After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven. On the Last Day he will judge all people who are still living and those whom he will raise from the dead.
We believe and teach that baptism is a holy act. It is instituted by God. Using water and God’s Word it offers and gives the forgiveness of sins, spiritual life, and eternal salvation. It is meant for young and old, including children. Infants also are sinful and therefore need the spiritual rebirth brought about through baptism.
We believe that christians pray. In the name of Jesus, that is, trusting in his salvation, a believer confidently speaks to God. We present to God our needs, praising him, thanking him, or interceding for others. Prayer is not a way to earn salvation. Christians pray because God commands us to pray and promises to answer our prayers. Sometimes his answer is yes, sometimes no. Sometimes God waits until the time is right to answer our prayers.