What We Believe
What We Believe
We believe that the only true God is the Triune God; one God made of three distinct and separate persons.
· The Father, who creates and preserves all things.
· The Son, who redeems the world by His death and resurrection.
(John 3:16-17; John 5:39; Acts 4:12)
· The Holy Spirit, who brings and keeps people in saving faith in Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:3)
We believe that God desires all people to be saved and know the truth.
· We are sinful at birth, alienated from God, and must be born again in faith.
(John 3:1-8; Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Ephesians 2:1-5)
· God loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other.
(Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3,4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16)
We believe that God so loved people that He sent His only Son Jesus to rescue us from our lost condition.
· Jesus Christ is both God and man.
(1 Timothy 2:5-6; Colossians 2:8-9)
· Jesus gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, resulting in our forgiveness and acceptance before God the Father on the cross.
(Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
· Those who believe and are baptized will be saved.
(Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9-10)
We believe that the Holy Spirit brings us to and keeps us in saving faith through God’s Word, Holy Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
· We cannot believe in Jesus or come to Him without the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:3)
· God’s Word is true, powerful and has the ability to change lives.
(Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12)
· Through baptism the Holy Spirit offers all people new life, and makes us God’s children.
(John 1:12-13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38)
· In Holy Communion, Jesus offers believers His body and blood under forms of bread and wine for Christians to eat and drink.
(1 Corinthians 10:16,17)
· In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins and increases the depth of their faith.
(Matthew 26:27-28; John 6:54-58; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
We believe that through the church God equips and empowers believers to serve Him by serving others and sharing the good news about Jesus.
· God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which He expects His children to do.
(Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-21; Ephesians 2:10)
· It is not good for people to live in isolation. God intends for us to share His love with nonbelievers and believers alike through intentional relationships.
(Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:25)
· The Christian faith is best lived in close relationships with other people.
(Proverbs 27:17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:9-13)
· 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)
The Lord's Supper
Communion or The Lord's Supper is also referred to as Holy Communion, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of the Altar.
At Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel, we believe God gives us Holy Communion for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28) and the deepening of our relationship with Him and also each other. All who share in our profession of the Christian faith are encouraged to partake in Holy Communion provided they:
· have received Christian Baptism,
· recognize and confess their sinfulness
(Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:8-9)
· forgive others and
(Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 6:12)
· believe the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are truly present, offered under forms of bread and wine.
(1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
· Unity in confession (1 Corinthians 11:26)
For questions about Communion or for parents of children wishing to receive Holy Communion (who have not yet received Lord’s Supper instruction), please speak with the Pastor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Non-alcoholic wine is offered in the blue section of the communion trays and gluten-free wafers are also available at all communion stations for those with special needs.