Our Core Beliefs
As a Lutheran congregation, in accordance with the historic convictions of Biblical Lutheranism, Freedom Lutheran Church unreservedly subscribes to the following confessional writings as faithful expositions of the truths of God's holy and inerrant Word - the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
The Universal Creeds of the one, true, holy Christian Church:
- The Apostle's Creed (2nd century A.D.)
- The Nicene Creed (325 and 381 A.D.)
- The Athanasian Creed (6th-8th centuries A.D.)
These creeds can be read online here:
The Particular Creeds of the Lutheran Church:
- The Unaltered Augsburg Confession (1530 A.D.)
- Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism (1529 A.D.)
The Book of Concord (published 1580 A.D.) is the full corpus of the official confessional writings of the Lutheran Church. It is the full summary of the doctrinal truths of Scripture that Lutherans believe, teach and confess. The Book of Concord contains the Universal Creeds, the Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism, and additional writings which further explain and defend the Biblical doctrines confessed within them. After the Bible itself, the Book of Concord has been the most treasured resource in the Lutheran Church for over 430 years. When used and honored properly, it provides invaluable help in rightly interpreting the Word of God, clearly teaching the Christian Faith, and preserving the Church from the destructive errors of false teaching.
A Brief Summary of our Essential Doctrinal Convictions:
The Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. It is absolutely true and perfect in everything it says. It is God's complete message to mankind.
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. He is eternal and is in every way equal with God the Father. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit together make up the Holy Trinity-three Persons in perfect harmony, in one God. "We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity." (Athanasian Creed)
Each and every single human being is created by God as a unique and priceless creation, and is dearly loved by God. And yet the sin of man, which is the violation of God's holy Law, separates all of mankind from having fellowship with God. By nature, because of sin and guilt, all mankind is spiritually dead and dwells helplessly under God's holy judgment.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God revealed in human flesh and the sinless Savior of mankind, died upon a cross in order to pay humanity's enormous debt of sin, and rose from the dead three days later in eternal victory over sin. He did this willingly because of His great love for all people.
Salvation from divine judgment, and peace with God, is provided for all sinners in the finished work of the crucified and resurrected Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. There is no Savior but Jesus! And it is only through repentance and saving faith in Him that guilty sinners escape God's just and holy wrath, receive forgiveness of sins, and inherit everlasting life. Salvation cannot be earned by good works, religious self-improvement, or a moral lifestyle, but only received as a free gift of divine mercy and grace.
By the powerful working of His Holy Spirit, God extends the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ through means: The Word of God, and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The Scriptures identify no other means through which God delivers His saving grace.
Jesus Christ is coming again, to judge all people according to their relationship with Him. The Bible refers to this as "The Day of the Lord," and the timing of that Day is known only to God. On that Day, those who have trusted Christ alone for salvation will be gathered into the eternal glories of Heaven. Those who have rejected Christ will be cast into the eternal horrors of Hell.
The Church of Jesus Christ on earth exists for the purposes of worship, evangelism, and Christian discipleship, all of which is directed to God's glory alone.
It is the joyful privilege and responsibility of every true born-again disciple of Jesus Christ to employ their gifts, talents and abilities in the service of Christ and His Church.
Our Denominational Affiliation
Freedom Lutheran Church is a member of the "Association of Free Lutheran Congregations" (AFLC), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. More information about the AFLC can be found at www.AFLC.org.