"These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

-John 20:31


We believe there is only one true God, who exists in three distinct, individual persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Triune God created and sustains all things in heaven and on earth.

We believe that God has given us the Bible as his verbally inspired Word. The Bible is unchanging, inerrant, and infallible, and therefore the only norm according to which all teachers and teachings are to be judged.

We believe that God created mankind holy and without sin. But man fell into sin, and thus has passed down sin upon the whole human race.

We believe that all people are therefore sinful by nature, and have sinned against God's holy will in thoughts, words, and actions. Because of their sin, all people deserve to be eternally punished in hell, an agonizing separation from our holy God.

We believe that God in his great love for us sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save mankind from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

We believe that Jesus Christ, as true God and true man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Through Christ's perfect life, suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus paid for all our sins and redeemed us from the power of the devil. Through our Savior Jesus alone, we obtain forgiveness of sins, are freed from death in hell, and given eternal life in heaven.

We believe that this gift of salvation in heaven is given through faith in Christ's work for us. The Holy Spirit creates and sustains this gift of faith in believers' hearts through the Gospel in Word and Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper).

We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are more than just signs or pledges of our faith; they also forgive sins as they create and sustain faith. In Baptism, infants and adults alike are brought into God's family through water and God's Word. In Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) we receive Christ's true body and blood – in, with, and under the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins.

We believe that at death, believers will inherit the full glories of everlasting life with God in heaven, where there will be no more pain or sorrow.

We believe that on the last day Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead and will take all those who trust in him into eternal life.

 

For further explanation of our Christian teachings, please visit:

The beliefs section on our Wisconsin Synod's website here.
The Book of Concord here or here.

Please contact us at any time if you have any other questions about our teachings.