What We Believe In the Trinity, God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created and loves all of creation! God’s Son, Jesus, loves and saves us through his death and resurrection. God’s Spirit is active in us and in the world. In grace! Grace is receiving the love, forgiveness and promises of God as an unearned gift! “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 1:8 & 9 We don’t have to…we get to! Lutherans are all about getting to praise, getting to serve, getting to grow, getting to connect – it is all about responding to God’s love! We are saved! We are saved by God through Jesus’ death and resurrection. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16 & 17 In the Good News! That is what Evangelical means, to believe in the good news of Jesus Christ and then wanting to share it with others. That the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the foundation and authority for our proclamation of faith and our life together. The Bible is a diverse collection of writings, divided into two main sections: The Old Testament, which tells the story of God’s relationship with and work on behalf of the Hebrew people. The New Testament, which shares the story of Jesus, God’s Son, and his teachings, death and resurrection, as well as the experiences and faith of the first followers of Jesus. But its meaning — and its significance to the Christian faith — is far more complex and profound. As Lutherans, ELCA members believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith. And in reading the Bible, we are invited into a relationship with God that both challenges us and promises us new life. That God has given us work to do! We call this “vocation.” Vocation is the thing you are called by God to do with your gifts and talents. This happens through our work, and our roles as friends, family, citizens and our serving and volunteer work. We are called to be God’s disciples in the world. It is God’s work carried out by our hands. In two Sacraments –Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. When we celebrate the Sacraments – God is with us! We receive the gifts of forgiveness, the assurance of eternal life and the promise that Jesus is with us always. We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.