What We Believe
GRACE ALONE FAITH ALONE SCRIPTURE ALONE
That sums it up for us. We believe that all people—men, women, and children—are by nature sinful, and as a result, separated from God. We believe that people are rescued from the eternal effects of sin purely by the grace of God through His only Son, Jesus Christ. Through faith—a relationship of complete dependence upon Jesus and His sacrifice for all humankind—forgiveness, life, and salvation become ours. This faith is a gift of God, created in the human heart through His Word and Sacraments. Thus, God’s Word stands over us as definitive. In it He gives us the sole rule and norm for all Christian teaching, and through it makes us aware of our sin, fills us with repentance and faith in Jesus, and guides us in living as His disciples.
WE CONFESS THIS …
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
The words of the Apostles’ Creed, along with the Nicene Creed, have served as a summary of Christian belief since the earliest days of Christianity. In these words, the Church confesses the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And they are the truths that we at OSLC believe, teach, and confess.
WE ARE PROUDLY THIS …
Lutheran. Specifically we are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. A Church body founded on the Scriptural truths that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century and led to a renewed focus on the Gospel.
As a result we uphold an extravagant and mysterious view of God’s love: that man is saved purely by God’s grace through faith alone, apart from works. We believe that God is so loving and powerful that He is actively working through His Word as well as saving and sustaining sinful men, women and children through His mysterious gifts of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
For an overview of all our beliefs as well as our views on current cultural issues such as marriage, life, and more, please see www.lcms.org/faqs.