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We Believe There Is Only One True God, who exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All men are sinners, and because of sin we are separated from God. We believe Jesus is God’s answer to our sin. Jesus came to Earth as a man to pay the penalty for our sin by death on the cross, and on the third day He rose again. We believe salvation is a free gift from God for all who receive it through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. By trusting in Christ, we are called to acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior and proclaim the Gospel to our community and the world.

We Stand On the Word Of God. John 1:1, 1:14, II Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4, Psalm 1. We believe the Bible is our authority and sole guide for life and faith, worthy of our study and application. We accept on faith that all of the Scripture is God’s inspired Word and is without error; however not all interpretation is without error. Therefore we encourage the study of the original manuscripts, recognizing the original audiences and purposes of a text, and allowing the Bible to interpret itself, for the Scripture is a living Word that is always relevant and revealing of God’s purpose for all creation.

We Believe Jesus Is Lord. Matthew 22:34-40, John 14:6, Philippians 2:9-11. Jesus is the head of the church. Unity among the various expressions of the body of Christ is best achieved through focusing on Jesus, who alone is able to draw all people to Him. Jesus is the complete and ultimate expression of God and is part of the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as the Son of God, is the foundation upon which all we teach finds authority and meaning.

We Accept the Apostle’s, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the congregation. We accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Book of Concord and its confessional writings, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord (documents of the Reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century) as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church. We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scripture and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.

We Desire Genuine Worship. I Peter 2:9, John 4:23-24, Psalm 98:4-9, Psalm 105:1-4. Worship establishes and encourages a right relationship between God and His people: God is the audience. Worship is essential for the believer and central to the life of the church. In it we cast our eyes to the cross, we come under the instruction of God’s Word, and we are strengthened by the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, bound together as Christ’s body. Worship involves the whole person: body, mind, heart and spirit.

We Are Called By God. Matthew 4:19, I Corinthians 12:12 & 27, Ephesians 4:11-16. I Peter 2:4-10. We believe in “the priesthood of all believers.” All of God’s people are called to ministry and the body of Christ must recognize and affirm that call. God has gifted every believer through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to serve the cause of Christ Jesus in the world.

We Are Joyfully Free In Christ. Romans 8:1-2, Galatians 5:1, John 8: 31-36. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are free. In this congregation we are free to have fun; we are free to make mistakes; we are free to say no. We are free to serve God as the Lord leads us – not out of guilt, obligation or duty. We serve God in response to what the Lord has already done for us. We serve Him joyfully.

We Will “Go and Make Disciples.” Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 4: 18-20, Luke 19:10, Acts 1:8. Jesus gave His disciples this command: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Therefore, the church exists primarily for the sake of those who don’t yet belong. We will seek to warmly welcome and openly invite every person to consider a living and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, for He is the only way to salvation and eternal life.

We Celebrate That God Is Changing Lives. John 8:1-11, II Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:15. We believe that God alone has the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to create faith and help us live lives that are pleasing to Him. We accept there is nothing in this world that ever stays the same except the solid rock of our salvation. We can, therefore, learn to adjust and adapt to our changing surroundings. We worship Jesus our Lord, not our tradition, not our history, and not ourselves.

 Faith Lutheran Church | PO Box 157 | Holstein,IA 51025 | 712-368-2850 - faith@faithholstein.com