What We Believe

We are Christians, first and foremost.

We believe that God is One in Three, and Three in One; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Through his death, he has taken our punishment for sin upon his shoulders, and shares his resurrection with us, that our sin may be forgiven and that we may have eternal life.

We believe that the only way for this to be true is that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.

We believe that this God is revealed to us in his Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, serving as our source and norm for faith and life.

We believe that Scripture speaks to us in two words: Law and Gospel.

  • The Law is God’s declaration of what we should do and what we are not able to do, at the same time.
  • The Gospel is God’s free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life, through the person, life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ.

We believe with the whole Christian church that the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds are true declarations of our faith.

We are also Lutherans.

Lutherans follow the teachings of the great Reformer Martin Luther. He never wanted a church named after him, but the term “Lutheran” has become a way to identify those who accept his beliefs about Scripture.

We believe that the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530 and the Small Catechism are the clearest declarations of Lutheran doctrine and practice.

We believe that the rest of the Book of Concord contains further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.

Lutherans believe that the church exists to proclaim the person and work of Jesus Christ, to free those bound in sin and suffering, and to grant them forgiveness of sins and new life.

In that church, God has given us his works of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as sacraments, tangible ways in which God applies the work of Christ to our lives. These are our means of grace.

We partner with congregations all around the world in Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. In our association, we fellowship with other Lutherans, find out ways to serve the world, and proclaim the message of Jesus Christ for all to hear.

We are also members of the community of Bigfork.

We love where we live, and we want to see the flourishing of all who live in this area.

We act on this by word and deed: sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors, and providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.