What we believe at Our Savior

God

We believe in the Triune God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We

believe in one God in three persons.

Father

We believe that God the Father created the universe. He is loving, compassionate, just and

kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people, and He constantly

extends an invitation to all people to experience that relationship.

Son

We believe that, because of God’s desire to live in a relationship with us, God became a

human being in the person of Jesus. Born to the virgin, Mary, Jesus is both fully God and fully

human. Jesus came to embrace us with God’s love by dying on the cross and rising again

from the dead three days later, thereby removing all the barriers – sin, guilt, and shame – that

keep us from enjoying that embrace. We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the

Life. Through Him and Him alone people can experience a relationship with God their Creator.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God among us. Through the Spirit, God

lives in us and empowers us to live the Christian life. We believe that all Christians are Spirit-

filled and have Spirit-given gifts that enable them to serve Christ through the church, in the

community, and around the world.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is absolute truth. The entire Bible is God-

breathed and God-inspired and is the only authority for faith and life.

The Church

We believe that the Church, be it a local congregation or the worldwide fellowship of

believers, is the Body of Christ. As His Body, we are invited to worship him, serve Him, and be

the vehicle through which the Good News of Jesus Christ is shared with the world.

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

We affirm and identify with the Confessions of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We

affirm the essence of grace alone, faith alone, and the Word of God alone.

Baptism

We believe that through the waters of Baptism God initiates and welcomes us into a

relationship with Himself. He adopts us into His family, making us His and offering us all of the

promises and gifts of the Gospel. Through Baptism God gives the gift of new life, not based

on our decision, but on God’s. We practice and believe in infant Baptism as it captures the

essence of the Gospel – God accepting us even before we can accept Him.

Holy Communion

We believe that in the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) Jesus gives us His body and blood to

eat and to drink together with the bread and the wine. At the same time, along with His love,

we receive the forgiveness of sins and all God’s kindness. Communion also encourages us to

live out the Christian life each day, while drawing us closer to God Himself and to one another.

Human Life

We believe that human beings have been created in the image of God and therefore have

supreme worth and value. Their worth is dependent not on accomplishments, but on God’s

love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we uphold the dignity of each individual

from the time of conception.

Sin and Redemption

At the same time, we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. We

joyfully proclaim the Good News that because of Jesus Christ forgiveness is a reality. God

sent Jesus not to condemn us, but to save us – to deal with the problem of sin on our behalf.

Because of Jesus we can enjoy God’s love and kindness each day.

Christ's Return

We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus. Though we don’t know the day or the hour,

we joyfully proclaim His soon return. At the last day, Jesus will judge all people who have ever

lived. His judgment will show his perfect justice and his amazing grace. Believers in Christ

will live with him in heaven in perfect happiness forever. Those who die rejecting God’s

forgiveness will go to never-ending punishment in hell.