What We Believe
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What We Believe

Not all Lutherans are "made the same."  In a world of options, from fast food to divine doctrine, it is good to know not all Lutherans, and certainly not all Christians agree on issues. As far as hot topics in our culture, below you will find brief statements about what we believe about God and the life He has given us to live in His glory.

About Salvation

Lutherans believe a person is saved only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8-9) Good works do not save us; however, "we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good work which He has planned for us." (Eph 2:10)

About God

Lutherans believe in the Triune God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit...One God. Matthew 28:18-20

Lutherans believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Word of God that became flesh. John 1:14

We use the words of the Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed regularly in worship as statements of our faith that express these and other truths found in the Bible.

About the Bible

We believe that the Word of God is inspired and infallable. It is our authority on all matters of doctrine. As St. Paul writes, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

About the Church

Lutherans are a part of the one holy Christian and apostolic Church confessed in the Nicene Creed. Lutherans understand the Church to consist of all those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

About the Sacraments

Lutherans accept two "sacraments" as defined by having the three following aspects:

1. Instituted by Christ

2. For the forgiveness of sins

3. Uses a tangible, visible element

Therefore, Baptism and Communion are considered "sacraments." Learn more about these by clicking the link to the right or, better yet, attending our Foundations of Faith class.

Go Deeper into Lutheranism and our history by clicking here.

  • Our Values

    Two things:

     

    First, locally as a congregation we value:

    • Inspiring Worship
    • Family Oriented
    • Passionate Spirituality
    • Courageous Faith
    • Biblical, Grace Oriented Teaching
    • Loving Relationships
    • Empowering Servant Leadership
    • Gifts Based Ministry
    • Faith Sharing Outreach
    • Impacting Communities

     

    Second, as Lutherans in general, we share the values of the Reformation: Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura

     

    Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)

    God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

     

    Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)

    By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

     

    Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)

    The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

  • Our Vision

    Currently our Vision has several aspects of growth:

    1. We desire to see the expansion and development of Youth and Family Ministry. The family unit is crucial to strengthen and develop in faith and love.

    2. We are revitalizing our current campus, from carpet and paint to new classrooms for the children. We seek to impact lives of future generations as well as serve today's community as best we can. Our ECDC and our Kingdom Quest ministries are greatly benefitting by our revitalization efforts.

    3. We are increasing our Home Huddles where people gather in small groups to Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn. Various opportunities exist each day of the week.

    4. We are gathering information in becoming a Multi-Site ministry, seeking to expand north into the Spring Branch/Bulverde area as well as out Hwy 35 working with Word of Life Fellowship to reach the Schertz/Cibolo and surrounding areas.

  • Our Mission

    We believe we are called by the Holy Spirit to live life in ways that bring glory to the Father through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Our mission is based on the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 as well as the Scripture as a whole.

    We articulate our mission statement as follows:

    Living with Purpose to

    Expand God's Kingdom,

    Worship the LORD and

    Strengthen His Family!

    We are intentional about living for the LORD while celebrating the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting He has lovingly granted us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Hot Topic Social Issues

Marriage

We recognize marriage to only be between one man and one woman. The growing acceptance of GLBT in the media and government doesn't alter the Word of God and His design. Unfortunately, even some mainline churches, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) have accepted this unholy lifestyle as one acceptable before the Lord. We believe God loves all people; yet we also believe God calls all people who live in sin to repent and receive His forgiveness. (Eph 2:1-5; Rom 1:24-28; Isa 30:15)

Abortion

We believe life begins at conception and thus, abortion ends life. We recognize that abortion is allowed in our country, but we hope and pray women will choose life for their baby. We value life and pray that those who have had abortions will experience God's grace and forgiveness and seek to rebuild their lives in His love found in Christ. (Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41; John 3:17)

End Times

We believe that Jesus will return on the Last Day, but not to establish some kingdom here on earth. No, instead He is currently reigning as the King of Kings during this New Testament era while allowing the sinfulness of man and sinful desires of the Evil One to occur until He makes a new heaven and new earth (Matthew 28:18; Revelation 21).

LCMS - Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a Christ centered, mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., founded on the teachings of Martin Luther.

In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.