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Our Beliefs

The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church:

1. Confesses the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. Confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for salvation of all who believe.

3. Believes Jesus Christ to be the Word of God in human flesh, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

4. Believes that God's message proclaimed as Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

5. Believes that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, and are the authoritative source and norm of Christian faith and life. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

6. Accepts the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of Christian faith.

7. Accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel.

8. Accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

9. Confesses that the Gospel, as recorded in Scripture and confessed in ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, is the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.

 

In summation:

Jesus Christ offers salvation for all humanity from sin, death, and all evil by his life, death, and resurrection. We believe:

1. God loved the world so much he took on human flesh to enlighten and redeem humanity from its ways of death and destruction (John 3:16).

2. Salvation cannot be earned by deeds. It is accomplished solely by God's grace through God-given faith (Romans 4:16, 5:1).

3. Because we are saved people of God, we are called to live according to God's Spirit (Romans 7:4-6). Life lived in God's Spirit looks like this:

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’   (Mark 12:28-34a; NRSV)