As Lutheran Christians, the people of St. Luke believe that. . .
- The Father, who creates and preserves all things. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
- The Holy Spirit, who brings and keeps people in saving faith in Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
- God loves all people and wants them to revere, love, and trust him, but our sin prevents us from deciding to do so on our own. (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3,4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16, 1 Corinthians. 12:3)
- Since are sinful at birth and alienated from God, we must be “born again” through baptism and hearing his Word, which brings us to faith. (John 3:1-8, Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Ephesians 2:1-5, Romans 10:17)
- Jesus gave his life as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, resulting in our forgiveness and acceptance before God the Father. (Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- God the Father raised his Son Jesus from death after he was in the grave three days. (Luke 24:1-53; Ephesians 1:20)
- We cannot believe in Jesus or decide to follow him without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
- God’s Word is true, powerful and transforms our lives. (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12)
- Through baptism the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and the forgiveness of sin. (John 1:12,13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38)
- In Holy Communion, the body and blood of Jesus is present with the bread and wine for baptized Christians to receive. (1 Corinthians 10:16,17)
- In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins and strengthens their faith. (Matthew 26:27,28; John 6:54-58; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
- God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which he empowers us to do. (Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-21)
- God intends for us to share the good news about Jesus Christ with those who don’t believe it. (Galatians 6:9,10; Hebrews 10:25)
- Our greatest purpose in life is to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus their Savior. (Matthew 28:19,20; John 20:30,31)
St. Luke is congregation of the Michigan District of our denomination called The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Opportunities for growth and an abundance of resources is available on their websites.