The basic teaching that defines our church and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is the good news that Jesus is the Savior of the world. He gave his life on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and then rose again. Through faith in Jesus we have the gift of forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in heaven. We do not earn any part of this gift. Even the faith we have in Jesus is a gift of God.
We believe in God as expressed the Bible as the Trinity. This is most succinctly expressed in the Nicene Creed which is as follows:
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only‐begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for all humankind and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church
we acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
At Christ Lutheran Church we believe and teach the Bible as the true, inerrant, and inspired Word of God. Scripture is the sole rule and norm of our faith. In other words, our beliefs conform to Scripture instead of making Scripture conform to our beliefs.
We maintain the historic practice of baptizing infants, children, and adults. Baptisms are scheduled throughout the year as people wish to be baptized or have their children baptized. If you have not been baptized and desire to be, please speak with Pastor Ross.
Scripture tells us that all people are sinful, even children. Scripture also tells us that Baptism is a Means of Grace, in other words, it offers forgiveness of sins. And, this promise is for people of all ages, including infants and young children.
On the second and fourth Sunday of the month we celebrate Communion. This is reserved for those who are members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) or members of a church body in fellowship with the LCMS, unless special arrangements have been made with Pastor Ross. Scripture teaches us that in Communion we receive the body and blood of Jesus along with the bread and wine in a supernatural and yet real, present, and physical way. Because this is not dependent on a person's faith, but on Jesus' very words, we also take seriously God's warning in 1 Corinthians that if a person takes it in an unworthy manner (that is, they do not know what Communion is) the person sins against the very body and blood of Christ. This is why we strongly encourage all visitors to speak with the Pastor if they desire to take communion.
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
We believe the true Christian Church is made up of believers in Christ from all Christian churches. It is not necessary to be Lutheran to be saved. If you are not Lutheran and would like to join our church it is not necessary to be re-baptized. We do ask that you attend classes that discuss the teachings of our church. Contact the church office to learn more.
At Christ you will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere. If you have questions about our services in general please visit our Worship page. If you would like to know what we believe check out our What We Believe page. And, if you just want to know a little more about Christ, visit the Who We Are page. Or, contact our pastor, Pastor Ross. He would love to visit with you and buy you a cup of coffee (or tea).